What remains is Mount Pilatus, Kriens' local mountain. Otherwise, in the still young canyons of houses and street deserts between the village centres of Horw and Kriens, hardly anything reminds one of the former idyll close to Lake Lucerne. If it weren't for the Schweighof development, part of a new Lucerne urban quarter being built on 76,000 square metres. The natural landscape of the past, which has disappeared forever, is emblazoned on the northern façades of recently completed apartment buildings. The unusual façade design brings to the fore a craft that links past, present and future.
- Lüscher Bucher Theiler Architekten
- Ursula Ochsenbein
- Lucerne, Switzerland
Now it has returned after all, Lucerne's surroundings as they were able to inspire the Lucerne landscape painter Robert Zünd more than 150 years ago and have been preserved as a sparsely developed area until a few decades ago. The unexpected landscape rebirth in the present is based on an idea by the architects Lüscher Bucher Theiler, Lucerne. They planned to design the north facades of the three residential buildings on Schweighofweg in Kriens with selected pictorial motifs by the painter Robert Zünd in an artistic and handcrafted manner.
The Schweighof facades with an artistic and handicraft design, do not simply represent illusionistically embellished scenarios from an idealised past. Rather, they stand on a scale never seen before almost like a monument to a craft that points far beyond the fast times that have just created it. The application technique of this two-component silicate coating is exactly the same as that one used over a hundred years ago, for example, to design the town hall in Schwyz, the old houses in Stein am Rhein or the Dornacher House in Lucerne. What was being implemented here in terms of craftsmanship and art in a place of rapid change will probably still be beautifully preserved in over a hundred years! This fact, based on historical experience, combined with the architects' affinity for Robert Zünd's landscape painting, finally convinced the building owners to realise the building facades with this two-component silicate technology, which, although somewhat more elaborate, had never been seen before in this form and plus, they are extraordinarily durable.
In the building and development area of the plain between Horw and Kriens, a graceful natural landscape has disappeared forever. With the facade design discussed here, it unexpectedly reappears: As memory of a long-time disappeared idyll turned to stone thanks to a pure mineral silicate technology. The artistically designed facades are also projection surfaces that have come to life of the history of mineral craftsmanship that, present and "retold" here, points to the future. This is the cross-generational history of the pure mineral art of colour, painting and craftsmanship. This culture crystallising on a modern facade testifies to a creative power that goes far beyond purely naturalistic motifs: Here, what is literally written in stone on the facade touches our senses: The finest history of colour and craft!