website: www.botta.ch

Mario Botta (born April 1, 1943) is a Swiss architect.

He studied at the Liceo Artistico in Milan and the IUAV in Venice. His ideas were influenced by Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn. He opened his own practice in 1970 in Lugano.

He designed his first buildings at age 16, a two-family house at Morbio Superiore in Ticino. While the arrangements of spaces in this structure is inconsistent, its relationship to its site, separation of living from service spaces, and deep window recesses echo of what would become his stark, strong, towering style. His designs tend to include a strong sense of geometry, often being based on very simple shapes, yet creating unique volumes of space. His buildings are often made of brick, yet his use of material is wide, varied, and often unique.

On January 1, 2006 he received the Grand Officer award from President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

All sites for Mario Botta:

Museum Tinguely

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Location: Basel, Switzerland
Architect/Designers: Mario Botta

Santa Maria degli Angeli Chapel

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Location: Monte Tamaro, Switzerland
Architect/Designers: Mario Botta

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art M1

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Location: Seoul, Korea
Architect/Designers: Mario Botta

Tschuggen Bergoase spa

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Location: Arosa, Switzerland
Architect/Designers: Mario Botta