Two existing buildings on the Ringstrasse are replaced with a long street-accompanying volume. Form, scale and orientation refer to the neighbouring high-rise volumes and also to a nearby highway. The building reacts to the heavy noise pollution with the orientation of the living rooms facing away from the noise source. Appropriately, a covered walkway is proposed as a reference to affordable social housing. Furthermore, the outside spatial arrangement reacts to the conditions of place and achieves a strong connection to the building through geometry and materiality.
The facade has been developed as a spatial, structured relief and refers to the internal load bearing structure. Clinker bricks used as "filling elements" and load bearing plates in various forms lend to the building’s characterful feature. The new compact facade - which is based on a standard acoustic stone - is an innovation, which has been developed in cooperation with Keller brickyards (Pfungen). The new facade system, based on a highly insulated façade, aims to develop a reasonable, long-lasting and robust façade that not in the least fulfill its users needs.