Entailing the development of an urban planning strategy for the adaptive re-use of a typical, densely packed industrial area, the key design task of this project is both challenging and stimulating: not only does it involve addressing the identity of an industrial-use location and its straightforward architecture, but also the project requires dealing with the unmediated character of the urban context. Other outstanding features of the location include a forest to the north and a clear topographical perimeter, which belong to the particular reading of the site and pose significant themes to be interwoven into the design solution. The proposed scheme for approximately 100 apartments develops precise urbanistic interventions into a spatially simple system by repeating parallel layers, which establish a relaxed arrangement urbanistically with three rows that are slightly offset from one another, each with three and two volumes.
The spatial layout is distinguished by cellular compartment unit floor plans, articulated via a unidirectional loadbearing structural framework. These means enable the building volume to appear to a certain degree as cast elements, which manifest a clear morphology. The floor plans have different depths over three, four, or five layers, which respectively house a corresponding number of apartments per floor. The layers are clearly legible longitudinally and in terms of the floor plan create hall-like spatial systems with very pleasing proportions and excellent provisions for natural lighting.