Situated in a village on the border of Italy, nestled into the foot of Monte Bisbino, the Rizza House is a four-storey tower-house with 6 x 6 m square floor, which reconstructed from an old farm storage.
The formerly interior was totally emptied, the new double height space in the living room increase the perception of verticality and size of the spaces.
The master bedroom is located at the top floor overlooking the surrounding valley of Mendrisio.
Inspiration from architect:
The project though wants to take out the most out of the 6 x 6 meters of the interior spaces and to underline the massive structure of the thick old walls of the existing building. Finally, I believe that renovations of existing building are a forced answer to the increasing urban sprawl and waste of land in the italian part of Switzerland.