The Como Lake Resort at Laglio on the western arm of Lake Como is a 14-apartment facility designed by Venelli Kramer Architetti and directly overlooking the lake. Divided into two wings, the resort extends out fan-like towards the water, giving each apartment sweeping views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
A covered car-park building shields the resort from the main road running behind and above the plot. An effective acoustic barrier, the volume helps blend the complex with its natural setting. The apartments themselves vary in size but all give on to ample terraces and private gardens, comfortably extending living areas outdoors.
Thema designed and installed the glazed windows and doors using aluminium thermal break Schüco AWS 70 HI hinged profiles and ASS 70 HI frames for the sliding doors. As well as fully daylighting the living area, the large glazed expanse offers excellent occupant visual wellbeing even when the windows are close. Glass parapets allow unimpeded views from each apartment. They also give the architecture a pleasing appearance from the lake. Contributing to the nautical theme, the timber flooring of the terraces gives the impression of being on a ship deck.
Energy saving, a guiding principle of the programme, was achieved with external thermal insulation of the building envelope, high performance glazing, plant and equipment. The façades comprise glazed and plaster sections, these latter in part covered by fixed panels of slatted American cedar. The base of the complex is clad in local stone and houses a covered boat mooring dock.
Careful landscaping of the grounds completes the harmonious insertion of the resort in its setting. As well as mitigating the building’s impact on the environment, the landscaped grounds help create a microclimate, provide additional outdoor space for guests and conceal service facilities and plant.