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Largest Timber Housing Estate In Switzerland Uses An Anodized Alucobond Aluminum Shell

Sue Til Development, Switzerland, Winterthur, Alucobond A2 Anodized Look, Soppelsa Architects, Weberbrunner Architekten, Photography Peter Schaublin
Photograph© Peter Schäublin

In Switzerland’s largest timber housing estate, the sue&til development features 300 residential apartments on an area of over 570,000 square feet. The massive development was the collaborative effort of Weberbrunner Architekten and Soppelsa Architects, both firms are out of Zürich. Sitting in Winterthur, a city just Northeast of the country’s capital of Zürich, the development was built within the stringent guidelines of the 2000-watt society.

Sue Til Development, Switzerland, Winterthur, Alucobond A2 Anodized Look, Soppelsa Architects, Weberbrunner Architekten, Photography Peter Schaublin
Photograph© Peter Schäublin

This environmental initiative, which was first introduced in the late 1990s, moves to reduce primary energy consumption on an individual basis without reducing the standard of living. The initiative focuses on the ideals of reducing fossil fuel consumption and utilizing renewable resources. It entails the adoption of modern technologies to reduce these energy levels and allow CO2 emissions to dramatically reduce per person per year. The purpose of this type of construction on the residence side is to improve sustainable aspirations for the city and also to provide a meaningful lifestyle for the development’s tenants.

Sue Til Development, Switzerland, Winterthur, Alucobond A2 Anodized Look, Soppelsa Architects, Weberbrunner Architekten, Photography Peter Schaublin
Photograph© Peter Schäublin

The project features a six-story timber construction with the ground level space used for commercial or retail opportunities. The base of the construction is composed of glulam, or glued laminated timber, which were covered in wood panels on both the interior and exterior. The interior is composed on gypsum fiberboards while the exterior utilizes ALUCOBOND® A2 aluminum composite cladding. The featured anodized finish of the aluminum composite showcases a unique fabrication technique where the fasteners are exposed.

Sue Til Development, Switzerland, Winterthur, Alucobond A2 Anodized Look, Soppelsa Architects, Weberbrunner Architekten, Photography Peter Schaublin
Photograph© Peter Schäublin

The highly anticipated development heavily focuses on its location and its tenants. Showcasing Winterthur, and specifically the Neuhegi district, as this diverse, multi-cultural, versatile city. And interestingly, the development has no one specific tenant focus. They built this community wanting to appeal to young professionals, families with an emphasis on the school district and even the elderly population. Its sustainable intent from the locally sourced timber construction to the use of a non-combustible mineral-cored cladding product all speaks to the development’s purposeful construction from the inside out.

Photography © Peter Schäublin

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