Three apartment blocks in Rümlang, Switzerland, create a metallic shimmer surrounded by their lush green surroundings. The project designed by baumschlager eberle, combines an hexagonal layout and a hot dip galvanized steel facade to impart a strong presence whilst a gentler touch is added with clever landscaping.
The three and four storey blocks with 41 apartments, comprise a living space of 4,300m2. A rear-ventilated façade system was formed for the buildings using 3 mm hot dip galvanized steel panels, measuring 4 m x 1.5 m. A clean external aesthetic is achieved with the deployment of an internal fixing system to connect the galvanized panels to the building. This was achieved by welding hooks on to the reverse of the plates. Hot dip galvanized steel was chosen to accentuate the hexagonal form of the building and allow the creation of sharply defined edges and corners. The joint grid between the steel plates is aligned to the length and width of the windows.
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