Lucerne School of Art and Design / EM2N

Lucerne School of Art and Design / EM2N
  • Client

    Viscosistadt AG
  • Partners

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Project Leader

    Christoph Abächerli, Bernd Druffel (Associate), Marc Holle (Associate)
  • Project Team

    Dorothee Burkert, Niklas Erlewein, Margarida Fonseca, Giulia Giardini, Olivia Kossak, Ana Olalquiaga Cubillo, Gabriela Popa, Claudia Soppelsa-Peter, Tomoko Suzuki, Jonas Rindlisbacher
  • Landscape Architecture

    Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur, Zurich
  • Construction Management

    Architektur & Baumanagement AG, Luzern
  • Cost Management

    TGS Bauökonomen AG, Luzern
  • Civil Engineer

    Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Zurich
  • Planning heating / ventilation / air-conditioning / cooling technology and Sanitary ser- vices

    Josef Ottiger + Partner AG, Emmenbrücke
  • Building Physics, Acoustics

    RSP Bauphysik AG, Luzern
  • Electrical Services Planning

    Jules Hä iger AG, Luzern
  • Geomatic Engineering

    Emch+Berger WSB AG, Emmenbrücke
  • Signage

    Velvet Creative Of ce GmbH, Luzern
  • Site Area

    5000 sqm
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Text description provided by the architects. On the industrial site of the former monofilament manufacturer Viscosuisse and today’s Monosuisse AG in Emmenbrücke, a new urban district, to be known as the Viscosistadt, will be developed in the near future. While preserving the diversity of the existing buildings, the urban quality of the site will be further strengthened and developed. The first measure is the conversion of Building 745 into the new location for the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Part of the Viscosuisse legacy, this strongly expressive building shapes the character of the site. The structure has wide spans and is made up of columns, down-beams and prefabricated ribbed concrete ceiling slabs, producing generously sized, uninterrupted spaces. In order to preserve the quality of this fine example of Swiss engineering architecture and to make it usable, our intervention is as direct and restrained as possible.

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Site Plan
Site Plan
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The main entrance to the university is from the east via Nylsuisseplatz. Elements of the high-bay warehouse on the west side will be stripped away to open up the facade and to establish a connection to the park along the river. The open ground floor strengthens the university building’s connection to the park. This ground floor serves a zone where the public meets the university. It plays a central role in the planned development and in introducing life into the entire site.

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© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin

A café invites people to spend time there. Also located here are the ‘Aktionshalle’, a project space for exhibitions and events, and the library. A zone is established that can be used in a variety of ways. The Media Lab, which is open to all, forms the core of the 1st floor. The degree programmes ‘Camera Arts‘, ‘Art & Interpretation‘, ‘Fine Arts’, ‘Design’ and ‘Film’ will take place here and in the two floors above. The rooms on the 4th floor accommodate the management, administration and research facilities. For the most part they make use of the existing walls and spatial structure. The rooms for the degree programmes ‘Video’ and ‘Animation’, which require a certain degree of soundproofing, are located in the basement.

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Project location

Address: 6020 Emmen, Switzerland

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Cite: "Lucerne School of Art and Design / EM2N" 07 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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