Comano Villa

Set on a hill overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the Comano Villa uses a vast expanse of second-floor glass to maximize the views. The main building is composed almost entirely of black-stained concrete, which was cased in rough-grained wooden boards to provide added texture. Wooden floors add a touch of warmth, both downstairs — where you'll find several bedrooms, baths, and a sitting area — and up. The latter holds the dining area, kitchen, living room, and master bedroom, all connected by a lake-facing terrace that runs the length of the dwelling.

Photos: Alessandro Crinari / Attilio Panzeri & Partners

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    Photos: Makhno Workshop

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    Photos: Surfside Projects

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