Residence in Stabio
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Architect Mario Botta
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Location Stabio, Switzerland
Date 1981   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System brick bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Style Modern
Notes Cylindrical massing.




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Discussion Residence in Stabio Commentary

“Built on the edge of a rural field...Botta’s cylindrical house turns in on itself. However, while rejecting any dialogue with the surrounding houses, its richly textured form establishes a strong rapport with the landscape, in particular the curving ridge behind it. A cylindrical variation on the house at Pregassona, the house at Stabio nonetheless embodies some significant differences. The internal vertical slit with its skylight above acts as a unifying spatial element instead of a divider as a Pregassona. The semicylindrical stair on the shell of the house, but also suggests a structural pillar, which, of course, it is not.”

— Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta. p32.

The Creator's Words

“I believe that good architecture is always a critical interpretation of context. It’s always a question of making any new intervention an integral part of the cultural and historical situation of the site. Every epoch needs to interpret, to reread, to understand its past. It’s not possible to protect the past. All we can do is offer new interpretations of it.”

— Mario Botta. Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta p65-66.

Sources on Residence in Stabio

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. separated units diagram, p167. — Updated edition available at

Emilio Pizzi. Mario Botta: Works and Projects. Second spanish/english edition. Barcelona: Gustavo Gill, S.A., 1991. ISBN 84-252-1448-3. NA1353.B67P5913 1992. p16.

Stuart Wrede. Mario Botta. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1986. ISBN 0-87979-258-0. LC 86-62324. NA1353.B67W74 1986. p32.  Find books about Residence in Stabio


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