Mario Botta Architects

Mario Botta is a highly influential Swiss architect born in 1943. With a passion for architecture from an early age, he designed his first building at the young age of 16, a two-family house in Morbio Superiore, Ticino. Despite its inconsistent arrangements of spaces, this early structure showcases key elements that would later define Botta’s distinctive style, including a strong connection to the site, clear separation of living and service spaces, and deep window recesses. A strong sense of geometry characterizes Botta’s designs, often based on elementary shapes yet resulting in innovative and unique space volumes. He is known for his use of brick as a building material, which he employs in a broad and varied manner, creating unique and memorable structures.