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High-Rise Serves As District’s Epicenter With Dimensional Anodized Alucobond Facade

Limmat Tower, Limmattal, Lukas Huggenberger, huggenbergerfries, Zurich, Alucobond Plus, Anodized Look, Photography Beat Buhler
photograph ©Beat Bühler

In the heart of Limmattal, which spans from the bustling city of Zürich, is the new district of Limmatfeld. A mixed-use residential high-rise serves as the epicenter, soaring above the district with a dynamic and recognizable façade. The Limmat Tower was designed by architect Lukas Huggenberger of huggenbergerfries using color changing Alucobond PLUS.

Limmat Tower, Limmattal, Lukas Huggenberger, huggenbergerfries, Zurich, Alucobond Plus, Anodized Look, Photography Florian Licht
photograph ©Florian Licht

Huggenberger describes the tower’s impact on the district, “The tower creates a central point for Limmatfeld in the way a church used to in a medieval town.” The landmark structure is a beautifully modern interpretation of skyscraper design. The architects purposefully stepped away from the traditional glass façade but also modeled their design after the first skyscrapers in existence.

Limmat Tower, Limmattal, Lukas Huggenberger, huggenbergerfries, Zurich, Alucobond Plus, Anodized Look, Photography Beat Buhler
photograph ©Beat Bühler

The early Chicago buildings that influenced the design were given a 21st century revamp with Alucobond PLUS aluminum composite material. The finish chosen, Alucobond Anodized Look C31, changes its neutral tones based on variations in natural light. Also, the unique orientation of the panels, due to three-dimensional fabrication, allow for a greater manipulation of light throughout the day.

Limmat Tower, Limmattal, Lukas Huggenberger, huggenbergerfries, Zurich, Alucobond Plus, Anodized Look, Photography Florian Licht
photograph ©Florian Licht

Although the building, when viewed from afar, seems individualized, it is integrated into its urban context. The Limmat Tower is one of four buildings that were developed and divided based on their proposed use. Various architects developed the buildings, Huggenberger explains, “The block is dissolved in four solitary buildings, which are held together as a whole complex to form a cluster.” An interesting component of the tower’s design is its unique geometry. The façade utilizes a pentagonal development, which supports its optically vertical appearance.

Limmat Tower, Limmattal, Lukas Huggenberger, huggenbergerfries, Zurich, Alucobond Plus, Anodized Look, Photography Beat Buhler
photograph ©Beat Bühler

Huggenberger further explains his design, “The building interlocks with the sky and thereby underlines the height of the building. The surface of the façade takes up the light moods and weather moods of the surroundings with a fine shine. In the course of a day, the building changes color and thereby looks alive and multi-faceted.”

photography ©Beat Bühler and ©Florian Licht (see below each image for copyright)
information courtesy of huggenbergerfries and Alucobond Europe

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