AUTOSILO BALESTRA CAR PARK LUGANO I SWISS BRUTALISM I © HEARTBRUT 2019

AUTOSILO BALESTRA

Architect: unknown Location: Lugano

© Heartbrut.com / Karin Hunter Bürki

Autosilo Balestra is a multi storey car park rising from the heart of Lugano’s financial district. Its fortress-style build and zigzag lines cutting into the sky starkly collide with the sleek and shiny Postmodernist neighbourhood, which includes Mario Botta’s central bus station. Autosilo may be weather-beaten, but this relict of the car age is here to stay. If you ever fancy taking a trip to a day in the life of a dimly-lit Swiss micro shopping mall in the Seventies, complete with dingy subterranean PostBus terminus and a stopover in a well-preserved tearoom  – Autosilo is your dream destination. In 2011, a Ford Mustang smashed through the massive concrete walls on the third floor, killing three scooters following a Hollywood-worthy 15 metre fall (nobody got hurt). Despite Autosilo’s high vis cult status, next to nothing is known about its creation. Even the municipal building department’s own records say: architect unknown. Any concrete hints?
AUTOSILO BALESTRA, LUGANO I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
AUTOSILO BALESTRA, LUGANO I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
AUTOSILO BALESTRA, LUGANO I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
AUTOSILO BALESTRA, LUGANO I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
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