This futuristic residential building in Luxembourg has a segmented facade that resembles the tail of a lobster or an exotic insect. Design studio Metaform sought to eliminate some of the major problems that occur in multi-family housing projects – such as the lack of privacy, natural light, and open space.

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Metaform approached the project in an experimental way in order to respond to the steep topography and preserve the existing three-century-old trees located on the plot. These elements inspired the form of the building, which is split into six smaller, vertically shifted blocks.

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This allowed the designers to preserve the required density while providing residents with a sense of belonging, identity and human scale. Thanks to the resulting layout, the units receive ample amounts of natural light and have panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the city.

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The ventilated facade is clad in triangular aluminium panels. Passive house design features work together with a well-insulated facade and glass elements coated with anti-UV film that protects the interior from overheating. Solar panels and living roofs round out the home’s green building strategies, ensuring low-energy performance.

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The design eliminates long, horizontal circulation routes, which can often be dark and acoustically problematic. Three vertical cores connect underground parking directly to the apartments–an element that allows the units to have three-sided orientations. Apart from offering privacy, the architects also wanted to give residents the possibility to meet and get to know each other in common shared indoor spaces like kitchens and living rooms.

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Photos by Steve Troes Fotodesign

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Residential Building with 15 Units, Metaform, multi-family, green housing, Luxembourg, solar power, solar panels, aluminium facade, green architecture, low-energy performance, privacy, panoramic views, natural light

Residential Building with 15 Units, Metaform, multi-family, green housing, Luxembourg, solar power, solar panels, aluminium facade, green architecture, low-energy performance, privacy, panoramic views, natural light

Residential Building with 15 Units, Metaform, multi-family, green housing, Luxembourg, solar power, solar panels, aluminium facade, green architecture, low-energy performance, privacy, panoramic views, natural light

Residential Building with 15 Units, Metaform, multi-family, green housing, Luxembourg, solar power, solar panels, aluminium facade, green architecture, low-energy performance, privacy, panoramic views, natural light