MIN MAX Mixed-Use Residential and Commercial Building, Glattpark
The six-story residential and commercial MIN MAX building is conceived as a city block that attains the maximum permissible height so as to continue the cornice line along Boulevard Lilienthal. In plan, the building fills virtually the entire buildable area, making it key to defining the space of the adjacent streets and green areas. The building has commercial spaces on the ground floor and small apartments for a heterogeneous group of residents, thus providing an alternative to the offerings previously available in the new district of Glattpark.
The project offers four types of small apartments, each with around 40 m² of living space, as well as cluster apartments that enable communal living with individual rooms for every resident. Alongside the important aspect of spanning the range between community and anonymity, particular interest is given here to the question of how compact dwelling units can yield new attributes that transcend a mere reduction in the size of a conventional apartment.
The building surrounds an inner courtyard that is the central and salient place for the community. Access galleries allow it to also serve as a circulation space, and a tower-like glazed element contributes supplemental space for shared use on each floor.