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Top Architects

Above: ‘Fünf Häuser’ project in Rapperswil, Architekturpreis Beton13. Publisher: BETONSUISSE. Photo: Giuseppe Micciché

Switzerland

Identity-establishing architecture Architectural diversity and interaction between residents are key ideas for Swiss architect Lukas Lenherr, who finds design inspirations in existing building structures, culture and history. In 2013, for example, Lukas Lenherr won a well-known prize (Architekturpreis Beton13) honouring young architects for his ‘Fünf Häuser’ project he built in Rapperswil near Zurich. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: GIUSEPPE MICCICHÉ I MARLON BIÉTRY I LUKAS LENHERR I GEORGIA PAPATHANASIOU

Concrete is the main component used to build‘Fünf Häuser’(Five Houses) but when looking at the façade, every storey seems different. From a grey concrete surface to a façade clad in green shingles, as reference to the colourful exteriors of classic single houses, every part stacked over another is rather individual. With‘Fünf Häuser’, Lukas Lenherr mashed up different kinds of buildings and architectural principles to create a collage honouring the history and identity of the surrounding area.The building – now home to four families – is indeed a combination of five houses piled upon each other: a garden villa, an apartment normally found in multi-storey buildings, a classic family home, a pavilion and a holiday cottage. Instead of simply building a conventional apartment block, Lukas Lenherr searched

for inspiration in the village he intended to build in.“It is a kind of collage. Every kind of house I have included can be found in five minutes walking distance,” he says. “Identity-establishing aspects are very important to me, as is displayed in this project.” The design only follows after taking a very close look on history, existing structures in urban and sub-urban quarters and their identities.

One of the next projects Lukas Lenherr is involved in will be the restructuring of a historical bicycle factory in the Swiss Jura where, in the future, housing, ateliers, retail, culture and high-tech spin-off companies – like a small city – will come to exist side by side. Lukas Lenherr intends to keep and cherish the factory’s historic buildings while adding contemporary architecture and giving them a new life and identity. www.lukaslenherr.ch

Below, clockwise: Competition ‘Les Archives du Future’ in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: Marlon Biétry Competition ‘Fruehling Sommer Herbst Winter’ in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Photo: Georgia Papathanasiou First prize for a competition for the Kingdom of Bahrain, ‘Pearl Dive’, Manama. Photo collage: Lukas Lenherr

Before establishing his own office in 2011, Lukas Lenherr studied in Basel, Geneva, Lausanne and Barcelona, primarily in architecture as well as dedicating time to art and interior design courses. While working on his own projects, Lukas Lenherr kept his close connection to university: until 2015 he lectured at the ETH Lausanne, something he still does at an AA Visiting School for the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

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