Designed by Angelo Pozzoli, Villa Lugano in Switzerland is integrated in a hillside landscape, overlooking the lake and the magnificent landscape beyond. The three-level home in reinforced concrete features an array of open spaces, optimizing the connection with the outdoors. Terraces, balconies, and footbridges keep the interiors permanently connected to the magic of Lake Lugano. Rectangular volumes combine to create a massive home design, one that adds a highly contemporary feel to this city area.

Commanding views of the landscape, plenty of natural light and an overwhelming feeling of space are probably the main assets of this home in Switzerland. The designers employed a blend of intriguing textures for the interior scheme, while keeping the focus beyond the glass walls of the house. Linking all three levels, the spiral staircase in the center of the residence makes a powerful visual statement. Be sure to have a look at two other inspiring architecture projects in the area- an original glass residence by Italian firm JM Architecture and House Lombardo by Philipp Architekten, both featured on Freshome a while back. [Photography credits: Giovanni de Sandre]