Nomos has created social housing in Switzerland to enliven and delight the senses with a design borne of dance-like interplay.
The project offers a home to people with mental disabilities and to students, as well as collective and social housing. Commercial spaces and a centre for physical training and rehabilitation are located on the ground floor. A continuous arched portico binds them together and forms the structural base of the building.
Two distinct volumes accommodate this diverse programme. They share an enfilade of slightly shifted patios. Together they reconcile the two different alignments on site and frame a majestic cedar tree.
The space and the tension between the two bodies are reminiscent of the popular dance pasodoble and create the architectural theme and stimulate collective delight.