CASA TESSINO Conversion of a Ticino Rustico Architecture: Peter Tillessen Website: www.casatessino.ch Location: Loco, Switzerland Execution Year: 2018 - 2022
I took over Casa Tessino in 2017 in a terrible condition. The reconstruction lasted four years and was only possible thanks to the help of numerous friends and hard-working helpers. My central concern with the project was to create a place that tries to live in harmony with nature and strictly fossil-free. I would describe the radical ecological philosophy behind the conversion as "high-low": on the one hand, the house has the highest level of comfort, but on the other hand, this comfort also has to be earned (cooking on wood and using a compost toilet). When you live in Casa Tessino you are all alone surrounded by magical, wild and romantic nature and deers and foxes might walk through the garden at dusk.