The rental apartment house is located in Sargans in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland, at the intersection of three wide valleys, where they create a fertile lowland between the otherwise steep peaks of the surrounding Alps. The Principality of Liechtenstein and famous ski resorts are in close proximity.
▼项目概览，general view © Alex Shoots Buildings
The original task was to reconstruct an old self build family house, which was already at the end of its life span and did not meet the requirements of the client. In agreement with the investor, his family and a structural engineer, it was decided that the house will be removed and a new project will be designed to suit the needs of the owner.
▼大楼内包含5间公寓，the building contains five apartments © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼轴测图 – 视野分析，axonometric drawing – views © Apropos Architects
The surrounding mountains have become one of the main principles, which shaped the project and the design. Their peaks are important points at which the views from the rooms were oriented and thus forming the proportions and floor plans of the house. The pinkish Verrucano-Schiefer stone, which is found in the local mountains, has become a reference for the materialization of the facade and interior spaces. With regard to sustainability and ecology, a very compact envelope of the whole house was designed. The house is cut as a carved stone, different surfaces of the facades are defined by unique plaster surfaces and enjoy the play of light and shadow. The colour of the house changes during the day from light grey at dawn to pink at sunset.
▼一块被切割成多面的“巨石”，the house is cut as a carved stone © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼独特的石膏表面接受着来自不同方向的光照，different surfaces of the facades are defined by unique plaster surfaces and enjoy the play of light and shadow © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼房子的色彩在一天中不断变化，the colour of the house changes during the day from light grey at dawn to pink at sunset © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼夜间立面，exterior view by night © Alex Shoots Buildings
The core and heart of the building is a staircase with an elevator, which is located in the middle of the house. The facade is therefore used only by the apartments, which enables generous floor plans with a multi-sided orientation of the rooms and plenty of daylight and views, even from those often overlooked rooms of the house such as bathrooms and kitchens.
▼楼梯间，stairwell © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼交通空间，circulation © Alex Shoots Buildings
The apartments share a similar spatial configuration – no blind corridors without windows and a direct connection to the living areas, so when entering the apartment, a view of the surrounding landscape is always guaranteed. The apartments are not divided into a living and sleeping area, the rooms are accessible from the living room and this trick makes the area of the apartment more efficient.
▼起居空间，living area © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼餐厨区域，kitchen and dining area © Alex Shoots Buildings
the internal stairwell illuminated by skylight © Alex Shoots Buildings
Each of the five apartments has access to a garden or a private terrace. The largest apartment on the top floor has a terrace all around its perimeter and from the whirlpool located on its roof terrace, there is a view of all the surrounding mountain peaks. All residents of the house have an access to a barbecue area in the garden, where social evenings are held regularly.
▼浴室视野，view from the bathroom © Alex Shoots Buildings
In the underground garage there are seven parking spots for cars, which have charging stations for electric cars and eight parking spaces for bicycles. Another parking space for bicycles is located on the ground floor by the entrance to the building. In Switzerland, one bicycle stand is usually counted for each room in the house.
▼停车场建筑，the parking volume © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼连桥，the bridge © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼夜晚的公寓楼，the residence by night © Alex Shoots Buildings
▼轴测图，axonometric drawing © Apropos Architects
▼场地平面图，site plan © Apropos Architects
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan © Apropos Architects
▼二层平面图，2nd floor plan © Apropos Architects
▼三层平面图，3rd floor plan © Apropos Architects
▼顶层平面图，roof floor plan © Apropos Architects
▼地下一层平面图，underground floor plan © Apropos Architects
▼南立面图，elevation south © Apropos Architects
▼西立面图，elevation west © Apropos Architects
▼剖面图1，section 1 © Apropos Architects
▼剖面图2，section 2 © Apropos Architects
Studio: Apropos Architects
Author: Michal Gabaš, project leader
Eva Gabaš Rosenová
Studio address: Birmensdorferstrasse 339, CH-8055, Zürich, Switzerland
Dejvická 255/18, Prague 6 – Dejvice, Czech Republic
Project location: Sargans
Project country: Switzerland
Project year: 2016
Completion year: 2020
Built-up Area: 428 m²
Gross Floor Area: 1022 m²
Usable Floor Area: 867 m²
Plot size 902 m²
Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.0 x 9.5 m, 3500 m3