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Asst. Prof. Dr. Alex Lehnerer

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HS 2016 Haushalt

Belt & Suspenders

How can you trust someone with a belt and suspenders?

With respect to attire, composite support systems are redundant and suspect; yet, for architecture, it seems the opposite is true—amalgamated structures can reduce complication and increase consistency.

Here, two discrete towers are given a belt, creating a defined, yet unobtrusive ensemble. The expanding, cross-axial buttresses and columns suspend the floors, but also generate the nine-square plan. The smaller tower shares a party wall with the existing Genossenschaft, creating continuity; the larger tower defines Elsastrasse by giving it a centre.

Project by: Jasmin Miseri Michele Schweri
Figure ground plan
Figure ground plan of the existing
Figure ground plan of the design
Front elevation
2nd floor plan
5th to 9th floor, showing the columns getting wider towards the top
Site plan
Interior view