A Mixed-use Wood Hybrid Building on Lake Lucerne

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The Weggishof, a mixed-use development in Weggis on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, is a wood hybrid construction and consists of 39 apartments made of prefabricated wooden elements. These are intersected with a bracing concrete fundament, which houses 1’200 m2 of commercial space with public uses.

▼项目与周边环境鸟瞰,aerial view of the project and surrounding environment ©Iwan Baan


Interestingly, the 39 flats offer a small and large version of each of the different floor plans, providing comparable quality at different scales and budgets. The building nestles into an existing natural U-shaped slope, which allows for structural diversity. Floor heights are staggered to let the new construction blend in with the surroundings without blocking the view of the lake from existing structures.

▼综合体外立面,external facades of the project ©Maris Mezulis


The modular metal facade gives a vivid identity to the public space while adding a layer of privacy. Thus it acts like an open threshold between the two worlds of prefabricated precision and the surrounding landscape with a striking alpine panorama.

▼综合体院落内侧建筑立面,facades of the inner side of the project ©Iwan Baan

▼模块化的金属立面细部,The modular metal facade ©Maris Mezulis


The apartments, ranging from simple studios to five-room apartments, are double faced and open to the green, seasonal and biodiversity-oriented courtyard with a garden and a playground, which is a public meeting place for the community.

▼由外廊看庭院与周围山景,viewing the courtyard and surrounding mountain view from the veranda ©Iwan Baan

▼半室外楼梯细部,details of the stairs along the facade ©Iwan Baan / Maris Mezulis


▼建筑内部木结构空间概览,overall view of the interior timber space ©Maris Mezulis

surfaces of the timber structure are left raw for visual impact ©Maris Mezulis

BIM technology makes the timber structure system more accurate ©Maris Mezulis

Weggishof is a pioneering project in the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). A digital workflow was crafted to allow for dimensional steering of the prefabrication of the standardised wood elements, whose surfaces are left raw for visual impact. The BIM also supported the project’s high sustainability intentions as it facilitates a more precise layering and system separation of structures and materials. Thus future material recycling will be easier and more efficient.

▼公寓室内概览,overall view of the apartment ©Iwan Baan

▼多样的户型选择,A variety of housing options ©Maris Mezulis

▼楼梯间,staircase ©Maris Mezulis

▼楼梯细部,details of the staircase©Maris Mezulis


In the end Weggishof is much more than a sustainable housing project – it also enriches the centre of town with a new urban expression and a public space.

▼夜景,night views ©Iwan Baan

▼平面图,plan ©HHF

Program: Housing, Commercial
Location: Weggis, Switzerland
Commission: Competition, 1st prize
Design: 2014 – 2020
Status: Finalised in 2021
Building Footprint Area: 2,540 m2
Gross Floor Area: 7,000 m2
Usable Floor Area: 5,680 m2
Building Volume: 23,900 m3
Client: Einfache Gesellschaft Amrein-Tellenbach-Widmer
Photo: Iwan Baan and Maris Mezulis

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