Mario Botta's house projects are numerous. A few of the more notable ones are the single-family houses in Switzerland at Stabio (1965-1967); Riva San Vitale (1972-1973); Ligornetto (1975-1976) with Martin Boesch; Pregassona (1979) with Rudy Hunziker; Massagno (1979-1981); Stabio (1980-1981); Viganello (1981-1982); Origlio (1982); and Morbio Superiore (1982-1983).
Other projects in Switzerland include many with fellow Ticino architects: the secondary school at Morbio Inferiore with Emilio Bernegger, Rudy Hunziker, and Luca Tami (1972-1977); the library for the Capuchin monastery at Lugano (1976-1979); the craft center at Balerna (1977-1979) with Remo Leuzinger; and the Fribourg State Bank at Fribourg (1982).
Mario Botta is fond of competitions. He has submitted numerous entries, some as individual efforts, others as collaborative gestures. Notable among them are the schemes for an urban renewal project at Lugano (1970); the master plan of the new Lausanne Polytechnic at Lausanne (1970) with Tita Carloni, Aurelio Galfetti, Flora Ruchat, and Luigi Snozzi; the school at Locarno (1970); the new administrative center at Perugia, Italy (1971) with L. Snozzi; the enlargement of the Zurich railway station (1978) with L Snozzi; and the urban renewal project at Basel (1979).
architectural standards books
building types & styles books
drawing & modelling books
historic preservation books
interior design books
project planning & management books
study & teaching books
urban & land use planning books Albert Sartoris, historian and architect, who spends portions of each year in Ticino, has written of Mario Botta: "Before being logical, his original mediation is philosophical and social". Botta infuses his themes with a sometimes hermetic sense of discovery. He reflects before building. With Mario Botta, intuition precedes reason. Botta says further:
More difficult to express, this aspect is essential to me for it is the poetic fact, the intuitive dimension inside the rational process. Trough the experiences I had with Scarpa, Kahn, and Le Corbusier - and the names are to be understood in this sequence - I am hoping to recover the rational as well as the irrational side involved in the process of making architecture.
1. P. Arnell, "Mario Botta: Trans-Alpine Rationalist, " A.R. (June 1982)
2. Y. Futugawa, ed., G.A. Document 6, A.D.A EDITA, Tokyo, 1983, p.7
3. Y. Fugutawa, ed., G.A Houses 3, A.D.A EDITA, Tokyo, Japan, 1977, p.76.
4. C. Norbert-Schulz, "Kahn Heidegger and the Language of Architecture," Oppositions 18, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1979, pp. 28-47.
5. M. Zardini, The Architecture of Mario Botta, Rizzoli, International Publications, Inc, New York, 1984, p.13
6. K. Frampton, "Botta's Paradigm," P. A. 65 (12), 82 (Dec. 1984).
7. R. Trevisiol, ed., Mario Botta: La Casa Rotonda, L'Erba Voglio, Italy (Westbury NY; distribution rights for N.A. by Bellmark Book Co.), 1982, p. 85.
8. L. Dimitriv, "Transfigurer of Geometry," P. A. 65 (7), 54 (July 1982).
K. Frampton, "Place Production and Architecture: Towards a Critical Theory of Building," in Modern Architecture: a Critical History, London, 1980, pp. 291 and 292.