Casa Mi by Daluz Gonzalez Architekten

Casa Mi, designed by Daluz Gonzalez Architekten in 2017, is a stunning two-storey villa on the right side of Lake Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Description

The residential building on the right side of Zurich Lake stands out particularly due to its exposed location and its special spatial concept. The villa rises above the steeply sloping edge of the terrain from two bodies that have been shifted to each other and at the same time merged together. The house contrasts the idyllic surroundings with strong by accurate lines and forms.

While from the lake the panorama windows of the southwest-facing residential storeys stand out, the house towards the Quartierstrasse is rather introverted with its closed shell of lightly pigmented concrete.

In the interior of the Casa Mi, generously proportioned staircases link the wide open spaces. In this way, the distant picturesque Alpine landscape can be observed in the best possible way from almost every angle. Each area of the house reveals a new perspective on the lake and allows maximum privacy without the architecture introducing a clear separation from the surroundings. The open design of the interiors allows them to integrate the surrounding nature: Due to its location on the edge of the property, the outdoor pool looks like an extension of the lake.

The interior was designed in such a way that the rooms flow dynamically into each other and make the total depth of 23 metres tangible. Although the levels differ clearly in their functions, the areas merge with each other.

When entering the property through the northern entrance area, the view is initially directed at the oversized staircase. On one side, it leads into the living zone on the ground floor, behind which there is an impressive view of Zurich Lake. On the other side you reach the cooking area which spreads out on the wide steps to the living and dining room.

Photography courtesy of Daluz Gonzalez Architekten

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- by Matt Watts

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