Inside its geometric petals, Fiore di pietra, hanging over Monte Generoso, hosts a gourmet restaurant, two halls, a bookshop and a cafeteria

Fiore di pietra, project by Swiss architect Mario Botta, top view.

Near Mendrisio, at 1,704 meters, the octagonal building with a central five-story body surrounded by grey stone petals raises on a small plateau overhanging the rock. Thanks to its large glass windows, it offers 360° panoramic views on Lake Lugano and the Alps. Majestic and geometrical, Fiore di pietra contrasts with the organic landscape.

Sketch for Fiore di pietra by Mario Botta

The gourmet restaurant led by starred chef Luca Bassan is the highest in the Canton of Ticino. Fiore di pietra includes a self-service restaurant, a conference room, an exhibition room, a bookshop with cafeteria and a panoramic terrace.

Fiore di pietra on Monte Generoso, Canton of Ticino, Switzerland (Photo © Enrico Cano – courtesy of Ferrovia Monte Generoso)

All year round, except in winter, it is possible to get there by the historical gear rack train of the Monte Generoso railway that for 125 years has been reaching the mountaintop from Capolago alternating with the oldest steam train in Switzerland still working during summer

Restaurant of Fiore di pietra (Photo © Enrico Cano – courtesy of Ferrovia Monte Generoso)

Fiore di pietra was built thanks to the support of Migros culture percentage, the institution that supports cultural and social initiatives founded by Migros, a large supermarket chain and one of the largest companies in Switzerland, founded in Zurich by Gottlieb Duttweiler in 1925. [Text Arianna Callocchia]

Limited edition picture presented at the exhibition ‘Fiore di pietra’ by Luca Ferrario, architect and photographer, Mario Botta’s disciple and former collaborator (Photo © Luca Ferrario – Fine art photography)