Natural history meets cultural history. The subtle insertion of the Cantonal Museum of Natural History into the historical context of the Santa Catarina monastery allows the complex, hidden behind high walls, to be opened to the public and thematically to link the natural history of the museum to the cultural history of the place.
In accordance with the result of the previous study project, the volume leans against the wall in the south-western area of the monastery garden and fully respects the listed buildings and open spaces. The new volume of the building takes up the height of the eaves and ridge of the historic buildings along via Santa Caterina, as well as the depth of the adjacent building. The fifth facade is designed as a folded roof whose north-facing surfaces allow the museum spaces to be illuminated.
Studio di Architettura e Pianificazione Guscetti, Locarno
Kamber Maggini Francesca, Locarno