• Morcote waterfront

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    • Morcote waterfront

      Morcote is a small town overlooking Lake Lugano, locked in between the water and the slopes of Mount Arbòstora.

      Though being largely praised for its beauty, the town has unfortunately suffered from years of unwise interventions, that have compromised a direct relationship with the water and have left behind a rather fragmented series of open spaces.

      The proposal hence aims at providing the town with a coherent and unitary image through the design of intelligible public spaces, while safeguarding and enhancing the existing qualities of the place.

      Specifically, the strategy relies on creating a novel accessibility system, able to link and experience the three main elements present in the landscape: the Lake, the gardens and the monumental complex situated higher up on the mountain.

      The lakefront is rendered easily accessible from the town centre by favouring pedestrian use and by creating larger gathering spaces (Piazza del Mercato, Piazza Granda) that alternate with a number of platforms jutting out on the water, at different levels.

      New paths (and a lift) are moreover foreseen to connect with the urban spaces situated on the mountain’s slope up North. Here, viewing balconies and ramps take the visitor through the terraced landscape of the gardens, a pattern of wine yards, orchards and urban gardens that culminates in the monumental complex, the historic and cultural heart of the town.

       

      Morcote is a small town overlooking Lake Lugano, locked in between the water and the slopes of Mount Arbòstora. Though being largely praised for its beauty, the town has unfortunately suffered from years of unwise …

    • Concept waterfront
    • Masterplan
    • View vegetable gardens
    • View square
    • View Lake Window
    • 2019259 Morcote waterfront

      Competition, Finalist

      CityMorcote

      ProgramLakefront, public spaces and park

      Year2019

      ProcedureCompetition

      StatusFinalist

      ClientCity of Morcote

      Total floor area23 HA

      LandscapeInside Outside

      Structural engineerProject Partners LTD

      ConsultantFrancesco Allievi (mobility), Pedrozzi Associati (geology)