JM Architecture is a Milan based architectural practice founded by Jacopo Mascheroni in 2005. The studio provides a wide variety of architectural and design services around the globe, providing advanced technology while paying attention to detailed and excellent aesthetic.
Presented project, titled Villa Montebar, truly meets all the requirements of a modern home. Located in the middle of the Swiss alps, the house is placed at the edge of a slope with a view to the vineyards located underneath. The whole building is surrounded by the impressive greenery of the nature and the calming scent of the fragrant trees. Starting from the basics, JM Architecture had to thoroughly think through the basic construction of the house because of the fundamental reasons. The local building code required the house to fit certain types of appearance, hence the dark grey pitched roof, which helps with the integration of the building. To create better assimilation, tile was used for the facade and the roof during the implementation process, for a convenient solution. The patterns of the tiles, which of many have mitered edges, are three different dynamic formats which also adapt to the design of the folding shutter. With this solution, the architects created a sense of monolithic appearance, like a surely and safely standing fortification. The prefabricated wood element allowed the construction to be assembled in a very short time.
The architects applied high standards of energy saving solutions to keep costs low for the long run. “The same stratigraphy has been designed for both the roof and the perimeter walls, with 22 centimeters of thermal insulation and a double layer of ventilation, in order to achieve high standards of energy performances. The final cladding material uniforming the shell is a ventilated façade with porcelain stoneware tiles and an invisible fastening system. To complete the energy efficiency of the building, the glass façade of the living area has a curtain wall with thermally broken aluminum horizontal profiles and vertical glass fins, and with insulated selective and low-e glass. The rest of the windows have a thermally broken aluminum profile with triple insulated glazing,“ the architects described the basic structure of the construction.
The exterior of the building evokes a feeling of closeness from some sides. “The only exception is the South elevation, facing the valley, which grants a spectacular 180 degree view through a curtain-wall that encloses the living area and folds inside creating a loggia to be used in the warmer months,” the architects added. The living area is organized on one level, which consists of three bedrooms, a study room, two bathrooms, a laundry room, a technical room, pantry and storage rooms. The two children bedrooms which are placed on the upper level, are separate lofts with bed and tv.
Looking at the building, one feels a harmonious conformity radiate from both the exterior and the interior, despite all the heavy volumes and materials. It creates a feeling of safety and joy for the ones inhabiting it.