The Stealth by ZMB Architettura

Recently completed by ZMB Architettura, this modern elegant residence is situated in Morcote, Switzerland.

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An elegant and generous family residence dressed in Molteni&C|Dada: the Stealth is located in peaceful Morcote, nearby Lugano, facing south from its privileged position featuring a breathtaking view of the Lugano Lake.

The villa, designed by ZMB Architettura, occupies 1850 square meters plot of land and spans over three levels and 1000 square meters in a no invasive way: the crucial point of all spaces is the mountainous landscape, where The Stealth merges invisibly through its matt black surfaces. Open and unconventional, the house spreads across 3 levels and 2 wings never revealing its full dimension. The Project evolved during designing process with numerous details that achieved the perception of a one-story villa, of great spatial complexity and abstraction.

The roof can be considered the centerpiece of the entire project, inspired by stealth aircraft, is the only part of the property visible from the public street.
Starting from the entrance square, the water patio is the first of the spaces in sequence, followed by the living room, porch, garden, outdoor swimming pool and finally the lake.

Is where the two wings meet that the house’s living area takes place, featuring automated glass walls that allows the opening of both fronts, breaking down any indoor outdoor limit.

Exploring the house, a staircase leads to the floor below so that hidden spaces are discovered, such as the indoor swimming pool and the underground gym, illuminated through a triangular patio. The master bedroom is also a traversing space.

Since the black materials used for the exteriors enhance an effect of lightness and abstraction, it was decided to use black for the interior, giving it a monolithic feeling of the wing and preventing the blinding effect of the sunlight. Starting from the beginning of the project, the partnership with the Molteni&C|Dada Contract Division allowed to achieve the goal of abstraction required by the client. Thus, indoor walls are either exposed reinforced concrete or covered with custom made matt black panels. Cement resin floors give indoor- outdoor continuity. Ceilings painted with semi-gloss black varnish with a wood effect gives continuity to wall boiserie.
Because of the excellent collaboration with Molteni&C|Dada, choosing a Molteni&C sofa came naturally.

The Free Style sofa system designed by Ferruccio Laviani was chosen, because of the possibility of many different custom compositions. Two sofa islands are created for different occasions. The aim was to create different points of views, a spot where enjoying landscape and family time. The living area is enriched by iconic pieces such as the D.156.3 armchair designed by Gio Ponti, the Elain armchair designed by Vincent Van Duysen, the Pannacotta coffee table designed by Ron Gilad and the elegant Edge carpet designed by Nicola Gallizia.

A wide space is dedicated to the kitchen area which hosts a sophisticated Dada kitchen Hi- Line 6 designed by Ferruccio Laviani and a custom made black linear table designed by Stealth architect himself. To complete the house several night areas have been enhanced with Gliss Master wardrobes and walk- in closets both designed by Vincent Van Duysen.

Moreover contemporary designs are showcased in different spaces such as the D.151.4 Gio Ponti armchair, MHC.1 Werner Blaser Chest of drawers, the Kensigton Rodolfo Dordoni armchair and the Vicino Foster+Partnerrs coffee table.

Photography by Molteni&C|Dada

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- by Matt Watts