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Minimalist Concrete and Wood Home on the Edge of a Forest

Unassuming aesthetics, top-notch insulation and smart functionality are the features that define this minimal contemporary home in Genestrerio, Switzerland. The house was conceptualized and brought to life by Montemurro Aguiar Architetti, keeping in mind the lovely wooded area that surrounds it. It is the green scenery outside that becomes the focal point of the open-plan living. Sliding glass doors and large floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors inside in an unabated fashion, and décor inside the home is kept intentionally minimalist to accentuate this visual. The lack of color on the inside also helps in placing the focus on the exterior landscape.

Modern Rusca House by Montemurro Aguiar Architetti in Switzerland

A small entry welcomes you at the home with warm oak doors and wooden accents bringing contrast to an otherwise stoic glass and concrete backdrop. The living area has a certain gallery-style living appeal to it with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall on one side and sliding glass doors on the other. A small concrete deck provides a modest outdoor sitting area even while ushering in much-needed sunlight in the winter months. Custom wooden built-in benches with storage in different rooms provide great window seats, while passive heating ensures that the homeowners do not have to splurge a fortune on artificial heating. [Photography: Giorgio Marafioti]

Modern wood and concrete entry with a protected entryway
Wood and white open plan living in concrete with glass walls on two sides
Central courtyard of the home connected with the open-plan living
Custom built-in wooden bench that serves as a great window seat with storage
Minimal concrete deck of the house extends into the large backyard

Illuminated from the south, the forest becomes a presence in the living room. A patio oriented to the south allows sunlight to penetrate into the living room and, at the same time, becomes the intimate and private space where the bedrooms are situated.

Small concrete deck on the outside extends private spaces
Smart placement of windows throughout the home brings in natural light
View of the wooded landscape around the minimalist concrete home
Contemporary minimal home in the woods with a concrete exterior

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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