Villa Branca

Built: 1912

Abandoned: 1981

Demolished: 2011

Visited: 2007

Melide, Switserland

Direct on the lakeshore of Lago di Lugano lies an old villa with a rich history. The place was property of the Branca family, traditional wine makers. The central building was built in 1912 by an unknown architect. In the 1920s the Luganese architect Americo Marazzi added the right wing of the building. Beautiful hanging gardens and pergolas were made at the higher part of the building. The Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau Villa Branca was unique in its kind because it was both a wine cellar and a luxury residence. On the ground floor are the entrances to the wine cellars, warehouses and offices.


The villa was abandoned in 1981 when Adele Branca died. Reconvertion stopped short after it started in 2007. Sadly, in 2011 the villa was demolished. It was replaced by five different buildings that are united at the ground level and top floor, housing 49 luxury apartments and an undergound garage for 100 cars.

Photos of Villa Branca

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