News: Dutch studio MVRDV has won a competition to design 95 homes in Emmen, Switzerland, with plans that give every residence an identifiable colour.
The Feldbreite housing competition called for a new housing block, but MVRDV instead proposed a series of houses and apartment buildings arranged around shared courtyards and individual gardens.
Apartment blocks will be positioned at the corners of the development, while townhouses will line the edges and smaller residences will be inserted into the middle. The architects hope this arrangement will foster a neighbourhood community.
The 95 homes will be made up of 16 different unit types, ranging from 30 to 130 square metres in area, and forming a mixture between one and four storeys.
Different pastel colours will help residents to identify their own homes, based on the traditional paintwork found in historic Swiss town centres.
MVRDV worked with landscape architects Fontana to design the exterior spaces. Fruit trees will be dotted across the gardens, while dividing walls will include demountable tables and benches, as well as folding panels that can be used for table tennis.
Underground parking will be slotted beneath the buildings and construction is set to commence in 2015.
MVRDV, led by architects Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, recently completed a glazed shop and office complex disguised as an old farmhouse and a renovation in Gangnam, South Korea. See more architecture by MVRDV »
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Here's some information from MVRDV:
MVRDV win Competition in Emmen, Switzerland with Urban Hybrid
The city of Emmen has announced that investment corporation Senn BPM AG together with MVRDV are the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block with 95 homes of 16 different types. The urban hybrid development combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighbourhood community. Construction is envisioned to start in 2015.
Instead of the housing block asked for by the brief, MVRDV created a mixed urban block with small apartment buildings at the corners, townhouses along the streets and garden and patio houses inside the block. The 16 different housing types, which vary in size from 30 to 130 m2 and from one to four floors, will naturally attract a mixed group of inhabitants, an important factor in creating a vivid urban environment. The project consists of 9000 m2 of housing, 2034 m2 services and 2925 m2 underground parking.
Each house or apartment will have its own facade colour, emphasising its individual ownership. A pastel range of colour was chosen based on the specific colours traditionally found in historic Swiss town centres in the Lucerne area, such as Beromünster.
An important aspect of the project is the high quality of construction in combination with relatively low prices. Clients will be able to buy a more or less finished house – comparable to the basic model of a new car – with options leading up to almost full fit and finish possible. Home owners with little money can therefore delay investment, or do the work themselves, and still live in a high quality, new build home.
The exterior of the block is a varied urban street front whilst the interior offers the quality of a green and intimate village. The interior of the block is divided into both private and public spaces, with dividing walls used to hang tables or benches and parts of the walls which can be rotated and used for table tennis. A cohesive landscaping plan foresees a wide variety of fruit trees in the courtyard, in both the private and public areas. The garden and patio houses in the centre of the courtyard have their own entrance doors at the outer perimeter of the block. The roofs will be used for additional outdoor space.
MVRDV won the developer's competition together with development corporation Senn BPM AG, Fontana Landscape architects and Wüest & Partner real estate consulting.