marco castelletti: lake como house
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jun 26, 2012
marco castelletti: lake como house


‘casa a morchiuso’ by marco castelletti, erba, italy
image © filippo simonetti – brunate
all images courtesy of marco castelletti

perched within the hills of erba, italy, the residence ‘casa a morchiuso’ designed by italian practice marco castelletti is perched
to overlook lake como in the distance. a revitalization to an existing home constructed in the 1970s, the new structure has replaced
the original pitched roof with a flat plane and the exterior is further streamlined by wrapping the perimeter with a wooden screen.
the delicate rectilinear grillwork protects semi-outdoor veranda spaces on the ground and first levels from direct sunlight while
introducing breezes. positioned on the inside of the facade of horizontal louvers, outdoor rooms are maintained to create transitional zones
to buffer the enclosed interior areas, allowing the overall form to read as a unified volume.


vehicular approach to the residence
image © filippo simonetti – brunate

walls surfaced with a black tone create contrast with the external lattice while the white walls encompass the recessed balconies
and terraces. on the upper level, a bath-style pool with full height enclosure on all sides offers privacy from neighbors
while a retractable glass roof allows an open air experience. the rooftop features a solarium with panoramic views of the garden
and lake as well as a solar photovoltaic system for energy generation.


side elevation
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


wooden grill encompasses the exterior walls of the dwelling
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


veranda is shaded with the delicate wooden louvers
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


view from the terrace
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


rooftop terrace with void overlooking the internal pool area
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


upper level pool enclosed with full height walls for privacy form neighbors
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


retractable glass roof closed over the pool area
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


retractable glass roof in the open position
image © filippo simonetti – brunate


floor plan / level 0
1. kitchen
2. living room
3. master bedroom
4. single bedroom
5. bathroom
6. wardrobe
7. study
8. pool
9. service room
10. terrace


floor plan / level 1
4. single bedroom
5. bathroom
7. study
8. pool
9. service room
10. terrace


original floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level 0
1. kitchen
2. living room
3. master bedroom
4. single bedroom
5. bathroom


original roof plan

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