Flats at Lucerne
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Lucerne, or Luzern, Switzerland
Date 1965 to 1968   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing
 Construction System precast concrete wall elements
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes "Schonbuhl Apartments"




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"The Schonbühl high-rise apartment building is a development of the Neue Vahr block in Bremen. The principal difference between the two buildings is that in Lucerne an attempt was made to accommodate apartments of more than two rooms in a fan-like arrangement. For reasons of economy, the maximum number of apartments possible was planned for each floor. All the apartments are served by a common staircase and one group of lifts, with the individual entrances radiating off a hallway or service area at each level; the communal part of the building is thus reduced to a minimum and in turn gives rise to the fan shape layout and reduces disturbance. The broken-up appearance of the main faŤade is caused by the varying sizes of the apartments."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. p198.


Designed 1965, built 1966 to 1968.
The sixteen-story apartment block was designed in 1965 and built 1966 to 1968.

Sources on Flats at Lucerne

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. p66-67.

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1975. NA 1455.F53A239. ISBN 0-275-49660-0. p197-8.

Malcolm Quantrill. Alvar Aalto: A Critical Study. New York: Schocken Books, 1983. ISBN 0-8052-3845-X. NA1455.F53A237. p207.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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