The idea of living in a structure made of ancient stone is pretty amazing. That’s what we found particularly interesting about these Urban Villas: they may look like traditional and rather simple forms, but they are made from Jurassic limestone. Located on the bank of the Swiss city of Lucerne, these structures were designed to complement the surrounding natural environment by using ancient natural materials. The stones are thought to have emerged “around 150 million years ago as a lagoon sediment”, say architects Lischer Partner Architekten Planer.
The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well as an open meadow, all based on the original design of the former villa’s garden. The nearby Adligenswilerstrasse garden also gives residents a sense of open space. One of the sites on the south site is flooded with sunlight, overlooking a lake and with views out to the mountains.
As well as the materials used in the project, privacy was a concern within the design, and as each of the buildings is constructed at different heights the studio has ensured residents can maintain a bit of autonomy from the rest of the structures. But perhaps all the open space will enable residents to enjoy a feeling of community between the townhouses as well.
Images via Lischer Partner Architekten Planer