© Beat Pfändler
Mario Botta lives and works in his hometown of Mendrisio in the Swiss canton
of Ticino. He is one of the most renowned architects in the world.
After his first internship, he enrolled at the Milan Art College. Later he studied architecture at the University of Venice.
He started his career in the 1970s and began designing detached houses in Lugano. Different buildings like museums, libraries, schools and churches/chapels followed.
His rationalistic style focuses on geometric and simplistic designs, as well as components like natural lighting and shades. Thanks to this unique combination, his rather large buildings have an air of simplicity and elegance.
Some of his most famous works are the Tinguely Museum in Basel, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Dortmund City- and Regional Library, and the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista in Mogno.
The Granatkapelle chapel is Mario Botta’s first building in Austria.