Caruso St John Architects

Location: Arbon, CH
Client: HRS Real Estate AG
Project Status: Competition, first prize; Ongoing project

This commission for a new development of apartments on the edge of Lake Constance, was won in an invited competition organised by the developer HRS Real Estate SG. The design provides 64 large apartments in two L-shaped buildings. The buildings are arranged together within a shared garden, and have generous balconies all around, with magnificent views of the lake. The form has enabled a range of plan types to be developed in terms of size, arrangement and orientation. Some of the apartments have corner living rooms, while others run through the depth of the plan to give two orientations, to the lake and to the mountains behind.

The image of the two buildings is given by the construction of their outer facades. A consistent rhythm of white precast concrete piers holds the continuous balconies, made with white precast concrete. The penthouses have more exuberant volumes that break free from the horizontal lines of the main building.