MVRDV wins housing competition in Switzerland


Dutch practice MVRDV has won a competition to design 95 homes in Emmen, Switzerland with plans to design every residence with a distinct colour.

Instead of sticking to the original brief of designing a new housing block, MVRDV proposed a series of housing apartment buildings arranged around shared courtyards and individual gardens.

With smaller residences inserted into the middle of the complex, apartment blocks will be positioned at the corners of the development with townhouses lining the edges, aiming to create a neighbourhood atmosphere and community.


The 95 homes will make up 16 different unit types, with sizes ranging from 30 to 130m2 including a mixture of one to four stories.

The different pastel colours designed for each residence is set to help residents identify their homes, based on the typical paintwork found in historic Swiss town centres.

Working with landscape architects Fontata, MVRDV proposed planting fruit trees to be dotted across the gardens with dividing walls including demountable tables and benches as well as folding panels used for table tennis.

The project also includes an underground parking with construction planned for completion by 2015.

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