Holiday Residence by Raffaele Cammarata

Welcome to the Holiday Residence, a stunning lake house nestled on the shores of Lake Lugano, Italy.

Designed by Raffaele Cammarata, this captivating retreat boasts a harmonious blend of modern design and historic charm. Immerse yourself in this private hotel-like experience, as you revel in the breathtaking views and indulge in the luxurious interiors.

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About Holiday Residence

Revitalizing a Mid-Century Lakeside Retreat

Nestled between the woods and the hill overlooking Lugano Lake, we transformed a 1950s building into a modern oasis. The compact property features a holiday home at one end, while a dock with a garage occupies the other end, both flanked by two large trees.

Maximizing Space for a Private Hotel Experience

Our design concept focused on optimizing space to create an intimate, private hotel-like experience. We skillfully utilized every inch of available space, incorporating an outdoor porch, an open living room with a kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom, all designed to seamlessly integrate with the outdoor environment.

Embracing the Historical Stone Foundation

A key decision involved restoring and emphasizing the property’s stone basement, characteristic of historic properties along Lugano Lake. The stone, sourced from a now-vanished cave on the lake, adds a touch of history and authenticity to the project.

Blurring Boundaries with Nature

Large glass panels create the illusion of interiors extending into the garden and lake, while construction materials emphasize the connection to nature. Wooden floors and walls pay tribute to the surrounding trees, and stone elements echo the lake.

Effortless Navigation with Ramps and Sheltered Entrance

Connecting the various levels, a series of ramps guide visitors from the parking space down to the lake. A cement wall leads to a sheltered entrance, providing protection from the road behind.

Photography by Simone Bossi

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