La Stalla

Design history in Ticino: in 1976, Otto e Associati, the architect collective Otto in Lugano transformed the 130-year-old stable into a simple residential house that still stands out today for its open, functional architecture and select furnishings. Many elements, including the mosaic-tiled kitchen and bathroom, the partly wood-panelled walls and room-in-room solutions are still original. All of this, together with old beams and rough plastered walls, are reminiscent of the former stable.

The house is located at 1,000 metres in the middle of the Leventina Valley, where vineyards, palm trees and coniferous forests combine to create a natural experience.

In 1982, the house was taken over by Arnoldo Marghitola, who ran a furniture shop in Lucerne together with his brother Primo Marghitola, a design pioneer and creator of the Tripolino children’s furniture. Over the years, Arnoldo expanded the interior design of the rustico to include bookshelves, built-in cupboards, beds and lamps that he designed himself and made on site, and which still characterise the style of the house today. Complemented by an exciting collection of timeless classics by renowned designers – from Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer to Hans Coray and Wilhelm Kienzle to Rosmarie and Rico Baltensweiler.

A holiday home full of stories and associations that has retained its original character without sacrificing comfort. On the ground floor, three bedrooms offer plenty of room to guests. Next to the kitchen and the bathroom, the bright living room invites you to read, relax or converse with others. A crackling fire in the free-standing fireplace provides for warm and cosy evenings. If you are looking for a retreat to work or switch off, you can climb up one floor to the open gallery, while a sauna and a cold-water spa are available in the basement for total relaxation. And all around, there are numerous seating areas – both on the large balcony and throughout the garden, all of which blend in with the variety of plants in the lush natural surroundings.

What to do

The Gotthard region offers a variety of highlights for hiking, biking, skiing, climbing and bouldering. The outdoor bouldering facility in Faido is suitable for beginners and children. There are also various lakes for swimming. Excursion destinations nearby include the beautiful Val Piora, the mysterious Lago Tremorgio or the Romanesque buildings in the village of Giornico, day trips to Bellinzona, Locarno, Lugano, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como or to Milan.

Why we like this house

An old stable full of pioneering design.

This house is great for

Two to six people – whether architecture, design or nature lovers, couples, friends or families. Children, however, should be sure-footed.


Revival of an old building, vintage furniture, public transport: There is a direct train connection from Zurich to Faido. From here you can take the bus or walk to the rustico.


Region CH – Switzerland, Ticino, Leventina, Primadengo
Name La Stalla
Scenery In a small hamlet in the central Leventina at an altitude of 1000 metres
Number of guests Max. 6
Completed Ca. 1890 (stable), 1976 (conversion to residential house), regular interior work until 2022
Design Otto e Associati , Lugano
Architecture Historical, Modern classic, Old & new
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Mountains, Sauna, Skiing, No car needed

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  1. The 2.5 week workation stay at La Stalla was an incredible experience. This beautifully renovated barn has a unique flare and yet is a kind of place you walk into and feel right at home. There is a cozy feel about it and practically, everything is super well equipped (kitchen, firewoods, etc.). The house rests in a sleepy Alpine valley in Ticino but is still well connected by public transport (I went there without a car) – this made the stay special in a way that you feel like you’re away from it all but are still connected if needed. The snowcapped mountain view is just amazing (I visited in March) and there are many hiking paths around. I’d definitely love to go back one day.
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