Perched on the edge of the Swiss Alps, the Montebar Villa uses its exterior facade and contoured form to blend into its mountainous setting. To abide by local restrictions, the design started with a dark gray pitched roof, leading to its current single-material exterior of porcelain stoneware tiles. Each tile was meticulously designed and placed to the exterior walls, six-sided roof, and custom shutters for a seamless boulder-like cladding that gets lost in the landscape. In contrast to its monolithic facade, a glazed south-facing wall bathes the interior with natural light and provides views of the vineyards and valley below.
Photos: Jacopo Mascheroni / JM Architecture