Forget Monte Verità and its spirit – that was over a century ago.
Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland, is a very popular tourist region. Vairano, at the eastern side of Lago Maggiore, is a typical Ticinese village with a small church and some mediocre restaurants. A village, where the ordinary Swiss citizen spends a life-times savings on buying holiday homes of questionable taste. The main focus seems to be on keeping the lawn cut to precisely 5 millimeters, no matter the effort.
Now let us explain what this is about
We are offering the use of a rustic but grand mansion with spacious surroundings and a view over the lake. It is far away from the urban and the familiar and the residents live and work in a temporary community with other artists. The residency team will from time to time also stay at the house. Because there are so few distractions in the area it provides the best condition to question and develop your daily practice.
We passionately maintain a garden area in the grounds which includes around 1000 sqm. We keep close to nature and try to use the warm yet humid conditions. The residents can participate in a variety of work in the garden or the house, according to their interests and knowledge.
We continue to invest in this old and unique house, including furnishings and equipment, to provide you a ideal environment for your work. The project evolved from a family-based concern into what is now a fully running residency. Our motivation is to embrace contemporary questions in design, art and society.
The current team consists of Sabina Winkler, Valentin Beck, Cornelia Gassler, Jessica Schmid and Constantin Beck. Our professional background is design and art. We are neither rich swiss kids nor privately successful in an economical way. We run this house voluntarily. Therefore we are forced to ask for a small amount from the applicants as you can read on the application-site, in the factsheet or in the application form. It helps us to cover a really smart part of the big costs of this huge house.
Thanks for your understanding! And WELCOME!
CASA SASSO is here: Nucleo Vairano 12, 6575 Vairano S. Nazzaro, Switzerland
Our Office is here: SASSO RESIDENCY Merkurstrasse 19 6020 Emmenbrücke
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Image credits, top down: Claire Paugam, Sabina, Laboratorio Sasso, Pascale Küng, Lorenz Rieser, Evelyne Laube.