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Don’t be put off by the coarseness of Wespi De Meuron Romeo Architetti’s concrete design. Casa Dem is an archaic structure that is embedded into a steep slope situated on the eastern shoreline of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland. Made specifically for one of the firm’s directors, the three-story home features two floors that actually sit below street level. Stepping inside, a set of deep square windows have been cut out to ensure maximum light through every level.

The top floor features the main living area – connecting directly to the street through a small courtyard and with a seating area built into the wall. Heading through to the other two levels you will find the second internal courtyard and garden area, which lets you capture the view of the lake and mountains through an opening in the roof.

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Words by Jane Fayle