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Our proposals for the Walke. Genossenschaftliches Wohnen am Walkeweg is based on the following main ideas:

At the urban scale, while accepting the volumetric organization of the masterplan, our proposal suggests that each couple of buildings define a courtyard-like space that is central to the organization of the life of the community. The third courtyard, in between the two couples of buildings, is imagined as a fully accessible ecological corridor.

Each courtyard is imaged as an active open space capable of guaranteeing a clear and efficient distribution towards each apartment. Functions located at the ground level and the treatment of the horizontal surfaces make the ground floor a space that can be busy and calm, noisy and quiet, empty and full, permeable and yet intimate according to the use that the inhabitants wish to do.

Distribution towards each unit happens through a system of open balconies that substitute the traditional forms of vertical and horizontal circulation of apartment blocks making the access to domestic space not simply the crossing of an edge between private and public, but a a collective space where to stay and where to invent new forms of living together.

In terms of construction, our proposal is based on the assembling of few structural elements that are capable of guaranteeing flexibility, affordability, adaptability. Prefab blocks containing kitchens and bathrooms allow for maximum flexibility in the typological organization of each unit, the possibility of future retrofitting, and the simplification of the working site during construction phases that can therefore be minimized in terms of construction time.



Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara, with Daniele Ceragno, Dag von der Decken, Vittoria Poletto.

In collaboration with Boltshauser Architekten