Collection by Patrick Sisson

Minimal Swiss Retreat Carved From Centuries-Old Stone

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Despite the name, delicate lines of glass and plaster run through the Scaiano Stone House.

In the small Swiss village of Scaiano, near the Italian border, a former brandy distillery sits amidst a cluster of old homes, a hamlet so old that you can't drive your car down the narrow streets and instead have to walk a few minutes from the nearest good-sized road to reach the door. Architect Jérôme de Meuron was tasked with turning this centuries-old building, a monolith of stone, into an airy vacation escape. How do you create lightness with something as dense as stone? De Meuron took Dwell through the process of carving out an escape from the aged walls, and the delicate contrasts possible with sleek lines and glass walls.

The renovation of this old stone structure by Wespi de Meuron Romeo architects was, at times, as much archeology as...
The end goal, a vacation home with a view of the nearby lake, led Jérôme de Meuron to cut through a wall and ceiling to...
The former cellar, now an entrance with a built-in raw steel fireplace, welcomes guests.
The stairwell leads to the main dining room and kitchen, where gray plaster and oiled larch wood joinery create a...
Dramatic floor lighting on this glass wall, custom fit within the curve of a carved-out stone wall, provides simple...
This alternative view of the kitchen and dining area, outfitted with KWC ONO and Sanitär Tröesch, exemplifies how...
Parts of the interior still maintain an earthy, subterranean atmosphere.
Custom case work and a polished wall give the bathroom a warm yet minimal look.
Despite the raw materials and rocky walls, the upstairs terrace feels positively weightless, offering spectacular views...
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