marco castelletti: lake como house
marco castelletti: lake como house marco castelletti: lake como house
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

  • kijk even naar de foto’s van het zwembad
    dat is gedaan met volgens mij leisteen
    wel mooi in combinatie met hout

    rob slewe says:
  • Whew! ..that is interesting. I do not know how I would feel about having my ambient light sliced into bright/dark sections 24/7. …but the retractable roof is very cool.


    Jim C. says:
  • André 3000 in one of his songs sings “what’s cool in being cool?”.
    I agree, particularly when imprisoned in a black giant bathtub, without the possibility of looking at Como lake and having payed for that… Maybe I missed something, or people are really mad…

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • Nothing like life in prison!

    v says:
  • I think you definately missed something, actually quite a lot. The pool space would function much like a James Turrell installation, but with the addition of those marvelous reflections on the adjoining surfaces. The pool and space could also operate much like a sensory isolation chamber, which would further the impact of the natural light. As the light angle shifts, the clouds pass overhead, and the degree of disruption of the water surface varies, what one percieves would be constantly changing.

    try looking beyond the obvious – sometimes it is truly phenomina(l)

    dbkii says:
  • awesome!!!!!!

    ruki says:
  • I think this is bad. There are no pretty pictures on the walls and there are no squishy furnitures and when swimming one can not see pretty view, only sky and reflections. I also wish there is puppy dogs in pictures.

    la la la la la says:
  • they should add a JEE-O shower ( at the pool, garden or on the roof … then it will be finished …

    Marko Peters says:
  • I think this is stunning. One of the best designs I have seen in some time. I think the pool is absolutely the best one I have seen. I know some people don’t like it, but I find it to be perfect. Having said that, I do realize that, as someone that likes to keep to himself, this design would probably not work for the social butterfly type.

    Nicholaus says:
  • yeah its stunning all right. I hope the wood screen holds up through the years and the kids dont climb too high. Would like to see more through the house. Yeah the pool is ok. Looks deep enough to jump from the roof to cool off.

    Richard says:
  • It’s awfully cold, but that’s probably the reaction the designer wanted to get from us. I always thought [url=] real estate [/url] in the Como area had classic, traditional homes. So, in a way, this is a pleasant surprise.

    Giorgio says:
  • so, Mario, how is it to work for JEE-O ?

    meagain says:
  • and Richard, not everyone has undisciplined brats that have not been taught to respect their surroundings

    meagain says:
  • Hello, I am the mistress of this house and I can answer your questions.
    Rob, het bekleden van de wanden van het zwembad heeft dezelfde kleur van de lava, de binnenkant van het bad is wit, wij houden ons eraan te herinneren dat dit contrast en de zee van het prachtige vulkanische eilanden die we bezochten.
    Bovendien is de zwarte tegels trekt warmte en in de winter met het dak gesloten glas bisgogno niet veel energie om warmte te hebben.
    sorry, ik vertaald met google …

    Patrizia says:
  • Jim TThe project is of my husband, architect Mark Castelletti and mine, we have studied with various 3D programs to realize how it would be, and that light was a doubt that we had, but I must say that the house is very bright, from the inside you don’t feel absolutely closed, even the perception of space is lightweight.

    Patrizia says:
  • Bruno de Paris
    We have chosen not to have any distractions except the sky when we are floating in the water without any other noise of our thoughts. The landscape we enjoy all the rest of the time.

    Patrizi says:
  • v
    The design of this wood cladding has a practical reason to give the opportunity to get to the winter sun to warm the walls and the walls are all the summer shade, and aesthetic reasons, is a renovation of an existing home.
    I feared that this grid gave me the feeling of closed but it is not like

    Patrizia says:
  • dbkii
    when I open the door to people who are here the first time, the reaction is always an exclamation of astonishment, and they never want to leave

    Patrizia says:
  • ruki, thanks
    la la la la la My dog ​​and I still do often bathe together, but he does not want to be photographed
    Marko Peters sorry, we only have showers normal
    Nicholaus thanks, I love having friends at home, but I\’m not sure a social butterfly type. I also have friends like a chicken and a duck, but they bathe in their tank

    Patrizia says:
  • Richard yes, you can jump from the top, but I\’m an Italian mother ….. !
    Giorgio I think a house is very cozy, but this is a personal opinion. I want to specify that Como is home to a great rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni and that there are many buildings in this style

    Patrizia says:
  • you are very lucky and priveledged to live in this wonderful house

    dbkii says:

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