Nestled within the patchwork of brightly painted row houses of Allschwil, the four new cube apartment buildings, rendered in different orange tones reflect their colourful, playful neighbourhood. Replacing four 1970’s apartment buildings, which were positioned evenly in a row along the length of the parcel spanning between Langenhagweg and Steinbühlweg, the new buildings are individually rotated, mirrored and misaligned. The specific orientations of the buildings respond to their location, maximise light conditions and extend views while also creating exterior spaces with unique qualities, including winding entrance footpaths, intimate sitting spaces and a more open children's play area.
The smooth rendered compact facade consist of a combination of classical punctuated facades and parapet windows (band- and lochfassades). Reflecting the interior functions, the central perforated facades are for the bedrooms. The living rooms and corner balconies are illuminated by room-high glazing and continuous parapet windows. The wood-metal windows and all other elements of the facades, including sunshades, balustrades, rain water pipes, balcony cupboards, windows sills and heads are painted in a varying metallic brown tones, complementing the orange tones of the facade.
Architect: Harry Gugger Studio
Structural Engineer: Gruner AG
HVAC and coordination: Stokar + Partner AG
Sanitary Engineer: Gemperle Kussmann GmbH
Electrical Engineer: Gruner Gruneko AG
Fire Protection Consultant: A+F Brandschutz AG
Acoustics & Insulation Consultant: Kopitsis Bauphysik AG
Landscape Architect: Westpol