2024, Sonne, Emmenbrücke, 1st Prize

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Sonne housing development, Emmenbrücke (2019–2024)

Four polygonal buildings with around 180 rental and owner-occupied apartments assemble with the existing buildings around a central, semi-public open area. This open development structure creates added value for the population by linking the development with its surroundings and the neighbourhood. This was one of the primary concepts of the project.
Another aim was to orientate the apartments in all directions despite the busy and noisy street. This is achieved with the projecting, partly double-storey loggias, which absorb the noise and at the same time give the façades character.

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The façade structure accentuates the horizontal, the two upper storeys set off from the lower levels by double-height loggias. The different colours and materials of the façades with folded panels are an integral part of the design and differentiate the houses from one another.

Within, the apartments are characterised by flowing sequences of spaces, diverse spatial references and numerous corner areas. The staircases are spacious and naturally lit; they promote communal living and support a lively neighbourhood.

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Emmenbrücke, Sonne housing development, standard floor plan
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Gersagstrasse/Gerliswilstrasse, Emmenbrücke

Study competition 2019, 1st Prize
Planning and realisation 2020–2024

Steiner Invest

Spatial programme
180 apartments


Jakob Steib, Patrick Gmür, Michael Geschwentner, Matthias Kyburz

Project team
Nicolò Suzani, Nicole Bucher, Alejandra Garcia Sahelices

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