Getting a grip on Villa Além takes time. Olgiati seems to want to play with our perceptions, such that even guests who know the building experience it anew each time they visit. Villa Além is the result of over 140 plans and showcases Valerio Olgiati's architecture in all its austere perfection.
Freed from studied aesthetics, it seems simultaneously at home and alien in its natural setting. It reveals itself only gradually: as you ascend the steps leading to the entrance, as you enter the garden enclosed by nearly six-metre-high walls, or when the daylight makes the interior concrete, with its red-coloured particles, look unusually warm and cosy.