MVRDV wins competition to design housing scheme in Emmen, Switzerland
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MVRDV wins competition to design housing scheme in Emmen, Switzerland

11 Jul 2013

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design a housing scheme in Emmen, Switzerland.

Housing scheme

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has won a competition to design a housing scheme in Emmen, Switzerland.

MVRDV won the competition together with other firms including Senn BPM, Fontana Landscape architects and Wüest & Partner real estate consulting.

The project will create 9,000m² of housing, 2,034m² services space and 2,925m² underground parking spaces.

MVRDV proposed a series of houses and apartment buildings arranged around shared courtyards and individual gardens instead of the housing block asked for by the brief.

The company’s concept features 16 different housing types, which will vary in size from 30m² to 130m², rising from one to four storeys.

Apartment blocks are planned to be built at the corners of the mixed-use scheme, while townhouses will be at the edges and smaller residences will be constructed in the middle.

MVRDV said each house or apartment will have its own façade colour and the range of colours have been selected based on the specific colours traditionally found in historic Swiss town centres in the Lucerne area, such as Beromünster.

The exterior of the block will look like a varied urban street front while the interior will offer the feel of a green village.

The interior of the block will be divided into both private and public spaces, with dividing walls used to hang tables or benches and parts of the walls that can be rotated and used for playing table tennis.

Plans also include a 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 will feature their own entrance doors at the outer perimeter of the block and rooftops will be used for additional outdoor space.


Image: MVRDV’s proposal features 16 different housing types, which vary in size from 30m² to 130m². Photo: Courtesy of MVRDV.