Museum MeCrì extension by Inches Geleta

the extension of the museum by combining with old and new stone

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MeCri博物馆是为了实现一个80岁女性纪念她的父亲Aldo Crivelli的梦想而修建的,她的父亲是一位在瑞士南部提契诺州著名的考古学家和画家,但在她很小的时候就去世了。整个设计想法基于翻新一座位于她心爱的Minusio老城的现有建筑,并将其改建成博物馆,来展示她父亲和其他艺术家的作品。经过了多年的选址,我们的客户在保护区购买了一座十九世纪的老房子,并于2012年联系了我们工作室开始了这个项目。该项目的第一期翻新和改造老建筑在2014年完成(参见Museo MeCrì)。

▼建筑外观,exterior view

MeCri Museum began with the dream of a 80 year old woman to realize a museum in memory of her father Aldo Crivelli, who was a famous archaeologist and painter of the southern Swiss region of Ticino, and her daughter that passed away at a very young age. The idea was to refurbish an existing building in her beloved old town of Minusio and convert it into a museum to display the artwork of her father and other artists. After years of searching, our client bought an old house of the XIX century in a protected area and our studio was contacted in 2012 to start on the project; its first step was completed in 2014 with the refurbishment and transformation of the existing building (cfr. Museo MeCrì)

▼博物馆的倾斜屋顶与周围环境融为一体,the pitched roof is integrated in its surroundings

▼改造后的墙体围合出一个内部庭院,the walls after refurnishment enclose space to form an inner courtyard


The extension was planned in 2012 and realized in 2016. The intervention leaves the existing stone walls (protected by regional law) untouched. At the same time it creates a dialogue with them, through materiality and by recalling their existing height and length. As the old stone walls degrade through time, the new concrete boundaries will stand on their place. The concrete was washed in order to create a finishing that integrates with the context. The walls of the intervention define an inner courtyard thought as a void that connects the two parts of the museum MeCrì.

▼特别的切割技术创造屋顶包层与古老石材相结合,the characteristic cut technique to create the cladding combining with the old stone

▼从外看展厅内部,exhibition view from outside


▼展厅内部一览,internal exhibition view

▼高9米的天窗在屋顶上营造出神秘的氛围,9m skylight crowns the top of the roof and creates a mystic atmosphere

A pitched roof that is integrated in its surroundings, thanks to its form and materiality, covers the new exhibition room. The 9m skylight crowns the top of the roof and creates a mystic atmosphere in the interior of the pavilion. The monolithic mass of the roof is strengthened by the use of local stone as a cladding. It’s a gneiss stone from the Vallemaggia region nearby Locarno and the construction site. It clearly recall the old stone roofs that surround the site thanks as well to the way the cladding was placed; it’s done in striped and the cut was done using a technique that leave the cut part of the stone visible on the exterior (“controvena”). The use of stone allowed us to combine a formal expression which we find appropriate with the functional need of waterproofing the pitched roof.

▼日夜内部采光效果,the light condition of the interior during the day and night

▼场地平面,the site plan

▼建筑平面,the plan

▼建筑正立面,the front elevation of the building

▼建筑后立面,the back elevation of the building

▼建筑剖面,the section of the building

project: Museum MeCrì extension
design: Inches Geleta
client: private
site of the building: Minusio Mondacce (via Mondacce 193, 6648 Minusio)
completion date: 05/2016
name, address and phone no. of the photographer: Simone Bossi, + 41 (0)79 199 34 51,
construction costs: undisclosed
total area: 45 sqm
total volume: 230 cm
cooperating persons /engineers(e.g. structural engineers, lighting, etc.):
Constructor – Gamboni&Salmina SA
Structural engineering – Jelmoni SA
Electrical installation – Elettricità De Lorenzi
Roof stone– Generelli SA
Plumber – Deco SA
Metal work / Windows – Franscella SA
Plasterwork – AL Gessatura
Waterproofing – Storni isolazioni SA
floor covering (material/product/supplier): local gneiss stone – Generelli Rivera (CH)
walls (material/product/supplier): washed concrete – Gamboni&Salmina / Sika lavori (CH)
ceiling systems (material/product/supplier): Knauf plasterboards – Knauf systems
lighting (material/product/supplier): Zumthobel – Iyon M

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