Owner Gilberto Bernasconi, Pregassona
Design Camponovo Architetti e Associati SA, Breganzona
Engineering Ingg. Mantegazza & Cattaneo SA, Sorengo
Construction Garzoni SA, Lugano
Waterproofing Drytech Ticino, Bedano
Drytech Tank 3’750 m²
HOTEL CITY, LUGANO / A sculpture building which captures the dynamics of travel.
For City Hotel in Lugano - a business hotel with 48 bedrooms, distributed on 6 floors, managed by Maria Wolff Brunner – the architect Guya Camponovo has created a monolithic volume, formed by alternating vertical and sidelong lengths which create a surprising sense of movement.
In this area of the city, the town plan imposes the adoption of bricks or stone as facing materials.
Therefore the light and porous colour of travertine has been chosen, capable of dissolving the simplicity of the architectural lines into a mesmerizing organic appearance. The effect is confirmed by the lengths of stone which, with their variable sizes, break up the continuity of the walls into a precious network of fine reliefs.
This deeply natural appeal is best shown at the hotel’s entrance, created with an angled blind wall which literally attracts the visitor in.
The windows carve into the facades seamlessly from the ground to the roof and, together with the continuous segments of wall, enhance the vertical dimension of this building.
At the back of the building there is a ramp giving access to the two underground car park levels. Thanks to the Drytech Tank System made of a single waterproof concrete structure, the space available for parking spaces has been maximised.
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