Where is Carlo Mollino’s only intact architecture

Casa K2 is the only work by the controversial architect Carlo Mollino that has remained completely intact with a suggestive view of Lake Maggiore.

Author: Clara Salzano

K2 House by Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino was one of the most controversial characters in the history of architecture and art in Italy. Architect, designer, engineer, photographer and artist, Carlo Mollino is an eclectic figure of Italian culture and his projects are masterpieces of ingenuity and poetry, of mystery and modernity. In Italy, in Agra, on Lake Maggiore, there is one of the greatest expressions of Mollino architecture, Casa K2, which, privately owned, is open to visits by visitors from all over the world and to stays immersed in nature.

The view from Casa K2 on Lake Maggiore
The view from Casa K2 on Lake Maggiore

From architecture to design, every detail of Casa K2 was designed by Carlo Mollino. The villa was built in 1953 as a holiday home for the Cattaneo family, who commissioned the project, on Lake Maggiore. The name K2 is a tribute to the expedition that in 1954 led to the conquest of the eponymous summit. Today the house perfectly preserves all the elements designed by the Turin architect, such as the furniture with modern shapes, the solutions and the innovative structure used.

The living area of ​​Casa K2
The living area of ​​Casa K2

Casa K2 is spread over 300 square meters of surface, spread over two levels, and includes six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a large patio, several terraces and an immense private garden overlooking the lake. Until recently, the villa was available for rent on Airbnb and other hospitality platforms, but today its fate is still unknown.

The only work by controversial architect Carlo Mollino that remained intact
The only work by controversial architect Carlo Mollino that remained intact

Who was Carlos Mollino?

“Mollino is a very strange character, an ‘incorrigible bad boy'”, says Bruno Zevi. The well-known Turin architect is one of the most fascinating and mysterious figures in the history of international architecture. Carlo Mollino was a multifaceted Turin personality in the 1990s. 1950s Visionary and surrealist, his architectures seemed to fly towards the sky and his furniture brought back the lines of his great passions, airplanes and racing cars.

The entrance to House K2
The entrance to House K2

Architect and designer, engineer and artist, genius and recklessness, the works of Carlo Mollino are still objects of study and admiration, as evidenced by the documentary, curated by Chiara Crespi and produced by Basement Headquarters, which investigates the eclectic figure of the artist. Through various stories and testimonies, The Mollino Room, presented on September 24, 2002 at Palazzo Monti and at the 18th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Turin architect, draws the viewer into the mysterious world of Carlos Mollino.

K2 House on Lake Maggiore
K2 House on Lake Maggiore

Source: Fan Page IT

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