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Magliocco House blends superbly into its Swiss landscape

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Sion-based architectural practice Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes has designed the Magliocco House project.  Completed in 2012, the luxury family home is located in Chamoson, Valais, Switzerland.

Vines surround this luxury home, and the location enjoys superb views of the mountains and valley. The building set into the slope of the site tries to blend into the landscape through its proportions, materials used, and the way in which it is rooted into the ground.

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According to the architects: “The building has a cellar level which is partially underground and a level above ground containing the living space. The slab on the ground floor joins the house to the ground to the north. Between this slab and the roof slab, boxes enclose the rooms used at night and the service areas. The resultant empty spaces between these boxes are the daytime-use spaces, which are full of light thanks to the wide floor-to-ceiling windows. An outdoor terrace is sited close to the dining room, with a shady tree growing in an opening in the slab.

A platform of sanded white concrete set on a grey base forms the support for the boxes, whose rendered brown walls echo the colours of the vines in autumn. The roof slab, also in white concrete, covers the upper floor and supports a four-sided sloping roof.

“Large canvas awnings are incorporated into the roof slab all around the contemporary building, providing protection from heat and glare. Insulated glazing, good thermal insulation and a geothermal heat pump ensure optimum energy performance.”

Images courtesy of Thomas Jantscher

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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May 28, 2014 | Property | View comments

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