Villa Bernasconi is one of the most representative villas of the art nouveau architecture in the Como region. Situated in the municipality of Cernobbio, on the western shore of Lake Como, it has a largely mountainous area that climbs on winding but panoramic roads.
Villa Bernasconi was built for industrial Davide Bernasconi and built to the limits of the industrial area Bernasconi; it responds to the model of the isolated cottage with a lookout tower that gives momentum to the structure. The articulation of the building, its rich lively decorative kit with a large amount of elegant and up to date decorations, radically transform the basic volumes.
Silk worms and molded concrete butterflies are placed in the center of the decorations as if they were a noble coat of arms, accompanied by ceramic friezes and brick strips. The great wealth and the compositional happiness of the wrought iron balustrades and the internal staircase make the building vibrant, which is already inspiring and suggestive in the viewing of its volumes. Ernesto Mazzucotelli, a blacksmith and artist of the Milanese Liberty style, gave one of his best trials with an extraordinary blend of rugged abstract motifs and naturalist inserts.
Interior walls and ceilings are often painted, depicting details on curved walls with an asymmetrical arrangement of distribution elements. The staircase stands out for its grid, running to the turret.
The villa was also the seat of the finance guard until the purchase in 1989 by the Commune of Cernobbio, which restored only in 2005, intervening in the basement and raised. The municipality used it as the temporary headquarters of some municipal offices and, lately, as a venue for hosting cultural events or prestigious temporary exhibitions.
In order to return to the original splendor, the villa still needs numerous restoration works and mass according to the first floor, the attic and the lookout tower, as well as to the valorization of the park through the upgrading of the existing landscaping garden.