Multi Unit Housing Winterthur

Multi Unit Housing Winterthur

Architect
Baenninger Partner Architekten
Location
Winterthur, Switzerland
Category
Housing

Vibrant Façade Illuminates Sustainable Swiss Design

Rockpanel as Manufacturers

Located in Winterthur, Switzerland, this multi-family housing development by Bänninger + Partner Architekten is notable for meeting Switzerland’s demanding Minergie standards for low energy consumption building. Further to this, its striking yellow façade cladding has attracted attention as an architectural landmark in the town.


The development comprises a total of 45 apartments housed within 4 different apartment buildings that have been sited within spacious green areas that include playgrounds. Although the vibrant façade colour stands out as a key design element, it interestingly was not immediately clear from the beginning that the façade would even be solid, let alone so vividly coloured.


Project architect Gérard Wolf explains that the design team investigated a number of other material solutions for the facade including wood, glass and render, as well as several other opaque plastic options before coming across ROCKPANEL ® board material. After checking the wide range of colours and designs, the choice was made for the yellow ROCKPANEL Colours Bright, which is spot on if you see the building in its environment.


Following the team’s initial inquiry about the product, the Swiss ROCKPANEL partner INOPAN rapidly supplied technical information, along with extensive support and a wide variety of different product samples in different colours. According to Wolf, this aspect was key in helping the client decide to use this product for the project.


As architects who have for a long time worked with prefabricated wood and low energy options, the large format sizes of the product along with the wide colour choice available were particularly impressive and offered considerably opportunity for design creativity.


Initially, it was planned to use a combination of different playful colours. After consultation with the client, the architects finally decided to use a classically uniform façade colour. The intention was clear to all, the uniform, striking façade colour should attract as much attention as possible. Gérard Wolf adds, ‘And indeed, the bright yellow development is today in Winterthur well known.’


Feedback from the installer (Eugster Holzbau, Fischingen) indicated no problems with the handling of the product as in addition to its lightweight properties, processes such as drilling and milling were comfortably achieved.


In addition to the vibrant colour possibilities, the cost-efficiency, fire safety, durability and design accuracy of ROCKPANEL products were cited by the architects as key benefits of specifying this product for the project. ‘From a biological building perspective, the sustainability and zero-emissions/contaminant- free composition of the product is worth noting and is something that fits very well into our concepts,’ adds Wolf.

Project Credits
Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct name
ManufacturersRockpanel
Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Top 10 Trending Tiles
4 Jul 2022 News
Top 10 Trending Tiles

From bathroom walls to flooring for living spaces, tiling provides a durable, easy-to-maintain finis... More

BIG unveils a playful, wooden, colourful factory for Vestre in the middle of the Norwegian woods
3 Jul 2022 News
BIG unveils a playful, wooden, colourful factory for Vestre in the middle of the Norwegian woods

In Manor, Norway, The Plus is a new furniture factory by BIG for furniture manufacturer Vestre. Inco... More

RH+architecture develop an intriguing urban infill strategy for a Paris neighbourhood
3 Jul 2022 News
RH+architecture develop an intriguing urban infill strategy for a Paris neighbourhood

In the 11th district of Paris, the architecture of the neighbourhood has a spontaneous feel characte... More

Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands
29 Jun 2022 News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands

  In the city center Of Heerlen, Poppodium Nieuwe Nor by diederendirrix is a unique new landma... More

Izar Houses in Mexico celebrate the natural landscape, light, and rainfall
29 Jun 2022 News
Izar Houses in Mexico celebrate the natural landscape, light, and rainfall

On a steep site in Mexico, Izar Houses by Taller ADG Alonso de Garay pay exceptional attention to en... More

25 best architecture firms in Madrid
27 Jun 2022 News
25 best architecture firms in Madrid

Madrid is a center of gravity for European architecture. Spain’s capital city is host to an am... More

Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media
25 Jun 2022 News
Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media

In Lviv, Radio Garage is a media art centre and an experimental gallery for temporary exhibitions wi... More

Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric
25 Jun 2022 News
Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric

Located in Prague’s Andel District, Manifesto Market Andel is an urban infill project activati... More