Residence in Massagno
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Architect Mario Botta
Location Massagno, Ticino, Switzerland
Date 1979   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System masonry
Climate temperate
Style Modern




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Discussion Residence in Massagno Commentary

"Built on a steeply sloping site, the house at Massagno focuses its giant ‘Cyclops eye’ toward the view to the south. The shallow three-story structure has a triangular terrace wedged into its center behind the cicular opening in the front facade. All the living spaces of the house are oriented around the terrace, which can be closed off with huge glass sliding doors held between the double-layered front wall. The circular stair, partly pushed out the rear facade, reinforces the axial organization of the house. Skylights above the stair and the central lightwell spatially tie the three floors together and fill the house with additional light. A chromatic block the front facade a visual richness.”

— Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta. p28.

The Creator's Words

“...I believe that if architecture is without these avenues, these ways out, where an architectonic object might serve to revive discussion of its destiny, of the morphology of other areas, in the long run you end up producing nothing more than caricatures, In a sense it begins with this conception of the facade as something which belongs neither to the interior nor the exterior: architecture’s separating off its different parts in this way has always been damaging. I have always learnt from history, from the greats of the past: the greater the synergy, the closer you come to the problems themselves and not a caricature of them....When you construct a block of apartments it’s because you’ve designed the street. When you produce a facade it’s because you’ve designed the square. When you produce a Pavilion it’s because you’ve thought out the park, and so on.

— Mario Botta. from Emilio Pizzi, with Werner Oechslin and Pierluigi Nicolin. Mario Botta: Architecture 1980-1990. p31.


project: 1979construction: 1981

Sources on Residence in Massagno

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. circle and rectangle diagram, p186. — Updated edition available at

Emilio Pizzi, with Werner Oechslin and Pierluigi Nicolin. Mario Botta: Architectures 1980 1990. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.A., 1991. ISBN 84-252-1475-0. NA1353.B67A4 1991. p31, 40.

Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1986. ISBN 0-87979-258-0. LC 86-62324. NA1353.B67W74 1986. p28.  Find books about Residence in Massagno


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