In the Nuremberg district of St. Leonhard, the property is located in a heterogeneous environment between a listed school, grown and newer urban structure on the edge of a listed cemetery. The property is bordered by prominent trees and a wall. The development creates 50 identical 2-room apartments that can be used as senior housing for both one and two people. A day care center is located on the first floor.
The 8-story structure stands freely on the site and arranges the 7 apartments per floor like a windmill around a central development space, so that the view from each apartment opens up as large a panorama as possible. The cubature is divided into narrow, slender facade surfaces, which are oriented in their proportions to the existing gable ends of the surroundings. On the one hand, the building stands self-confidently and expressively free on the site, but at the same time it integrates sensitively into the surroundings and subordinates itself to the proportions of the school and the trees.
In order to protect the tree population, the building has two structural escape routes and is not led from the outside. The two staircases are divided into a main access and an external escape staircase. The staircase entrances provide daylight to the spacious internal circulation area of the 7-story building. Storage rooms and technical equipment are located in the basement. In the senior housing, the key for motor vehicles could be greatly reduced, so that a total of only visitor parking spaces for the senior housing and the day care are arranged together on the property.
Due to its location between the cemetery and the school, the development has been developed by the architects in special consultation with the City and the Architectural Advisory Committee. The form takes into account both the orientation of the apartments and the effect of the structure to the outside, as well as the dense surrounding tree population. The facade is made with thermal insulation bricks and plastered. The balcony elements are given their own physical expression and are attached to the shell in terms of design and construction.