The building can be seen as a collage of a selection of typical housing types found in the immediate surroundings of the plot.

Studio Name: Lukas Lenherr Architektur
Design Team: Lukas Lenherr Architektur
Area: Lake of Zurich / St. Gallen
Year: 2011
Location: Rapperswil, Switzerland
Consultants: Betschart Gebäudehülle AG, W. Örtig AG
Photography Credits: Giuseppe Micciché
Other Credits: Pierre Robin Architekt HTL

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The types are stacked vertically due to the small footprint of the plot, with each type presenting a different typology vis-à-vis its outside spaces and views, according to the level at which it is situated.

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Could the ‘Fünf Häuser’ be seen as an assembly of helvetic typologies? It would seem that the play of scales within the project, through the use of oversized window frames, excess of balconies and the generous plantations, dares a hint of irony towards the plethora of “typical” typologies.

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However, by stacking each of these types, one on top of the other, the result offers a rather surprising take on the rather challenging task of building a multi-storey residential typology and offers an alternative to the ever-expanding Swiss suburban sprawl.

©Giuseppe Micciché

By considering the suburb as a new laboratory for experimental typologies, ‘Fünf Häuser’ is an invitation for more density, social interaction and architectural diversity – more quality urban in the semi-urban.


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