Swiss architects Gautschi Lenzin Schenker have designed a building with six small apartments to replace a residential building in Aarau, Switzerland. The three-storey building comprises six 2.5-room apartments across three floors and an attic, with ancillary rooms in the basement. A covered area with space for bicycles leads to the ground floor, which is raised for flood protection.
The rooms in the apartments are designed as loft-like open spaces incorporating sliding doors to separate the sleeping and living areas. Floor-to-ceiling windows are positioned to the east and west, with balconies in the living rooms, and a large terrace in the attic apartment.
A windowless side elevation, along with glass railings and acoustic ceilings, helps dampen the road noise. The building’s concrete structure is left exposed at the base, while the upper floors are clad in light grey corrugated Eternit panels. Photo Frey Kuster. Gautschi Lenzin Schenker