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Old 22.03.2012, 22:18
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

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A new set of flats has just gone up in our town - and I, and everyone passing by, am left shaking our heads thinking -->

Now, building land in this town is very, very rare - and very expensive, in the ca 3-3500m2 range. At that price, one would think that something classically elegant, fitting into the surroundings, would be built. Afterall, given the price of land the flats are going to run well into the luxury range.

So what did the architects do?

Obviously the inspriation for this design was a Motel 6 - a long low rectangular box, with exterior metal stairs and doors to each flat are off a balcony. Just like a cheap motel. But the colors! The top floor is a pumicey-pink, the ground floor a mustard yellow, the window trim and exterior staircase are a 70s avocado green, and the balconies are white, grey and black frosty glass panels - running the entire length of the building, white-grey-black, white-grey-black, white-grey-black.

Seriously -

Given that this is a town where you can't put up a garden shed without a permit and signed permission from your neighbors, and your neighbors vote on what color geranium one is allowed to plant - how the Sam Hill did this monstrosity ever get planning permission? Perhaps someone with a warehouse full of leftover paint and building odds-and-ends sat on the committee...

If the current crop of architects have their way, Switzerland will look like a rust belt strip mall within the next few decades.
We definitely need a picture! We should put pictures of those grotesque Creations.
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Old 23.03.2012, 09:08
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

I was glad to see that there was at least a bit of grey somewhere, otherwise it would not have been truly Swiss.
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Old 23.03.2012, 10:45
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In Switzerland the money is good but the buildings are too grey.
In Iceland, the buildings are colourful but the weather is crapp.
In Greece, the weather is nice but the houses are too white.
In England, people are perfect (!?!?!?!? errrr??? ) but the house isolation sucks.
In Germany, life is efficient but the windows are too square.
In Italy, people are nice but you don't get to anybody's house, they all live at their mother's place.
In Japan, it's fashionably minimalist but humidity rottens everything.
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well, i couldnt complete it but i could question it!
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Old 23.03.2012, 10:58
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

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In Switzerland the money is good but the buildings are too grey.
In Iceland, the buildings are colourful but the weather is crapp.
In Greece, the weather is nice but the houses are too white.
In England, people are perfect but the house isolation sucks.
In Germany, life is efficient but the windows are too square.
In Italy, people are nice but you don't get to anybody's house, they all live at their mother's place.
In Japan, it's fashionably minimalist but humidity rottens everything.
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Feel free to complete the list.
In New Zealand houses leak heat like a sieve, but the people are hard enough to stand it

(not true any more, now we have had enough people go overseas and experience winters in insulated houses with double and triple glazing we are beginning to realise that was a good idea all along, but even about 10 years ago the above statement was believed to be true by many kiwis!)
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In England, people are perfect but the house isolation sucks.
Since being in CH I have heard many people use the word isolate instead of insulate. What's the story behind that?
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Since being in CH I have heard many people use the word isolate instead on insulate. What's the story behind that?
Isolate is the German word for insulate but like many words, it has a different meaning.

On topic, my house is grey. I wanted to repaint a small section that was damaged and re-rendered and I went to the paint shop to ask for "Swiss grey". Apartently there are many variations of grey. After asking a neighbour, my specific grey is identified by a 10 digit number.

BTW my house is darn ugly, living inside I don't see it. A flat roof and a blocky building means I have a huge sunny, private terrace on the roof that more than makes up for the ugliness :-)
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Old 23.03.2012, 11:35
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Since being in CH I have heard many people use the word isolate instead on insulate. What's the story behind that?
English: insulate
German: isolieren
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Since being in CH I have heard many people use the word isolate instead on insulate. What's the story behind that?
Isolierung is the German for insulation.

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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

I like grey, I'm fine. But I love red bricks architecture dutch and hanseatic style. But that would be a very unreasonable demand in Switzerland. So yea, I'm fine. If somebody would explain to me the rational behind purple houses though, I would be somehow finer, but still.
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Old 23.03.2012, 20:27
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

We have a house with lovely white walls, dark green shutters and red tiled roof. It looks as nice as any house in any country and it is very typical Swiss style.

This criticism that there is too many grey walled homes here just doesn't stack up, if you take a proper unbiased look the housing here especially in villages is particular pleasant. If you then go an look in many countries you will find that most places tend to just do copycat style building
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Old 23.03.2012, 22:05
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

The Swiss embassy in Washington DC.....






Designed so all Swiss will feel fright at home
Only slightly less welcoming are the gates of Mordor....
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

The amount of ugly buildings in Switzerland is chocking - but of course everybody has a different taste...

I don't mind grey building, but I think there are some modern buildings with bright colours which are terrible. For example I wouldn't like to go to school in Stampfenbachstrasse 138, Zürich. Well, you could say that was the fashion at that time. But hasn't it evolved to something better since then? For example if you ever are in Oerlikon, drive along the Leutschenbachstrasse, there is a brand new office buidling there in the same spirit. I always look like this when I see it (the buildning is not on Google Street View yet).
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Re: Ugly residential building colours in Switzerland

There are some hideous ones in the Schlieren/Dietikon area, bright red not even a pretty red more like tomato, and then there is this god awful one in Dietikon, we actually viewed a flat there- the flat was nice but the colour of bright green....I just couldn't do it, no wonder they were offering 3 months free rent

I just don't get it, also when you see new blocks being built amongst traditional architecture they are often really ugly 'eastern block' looking, why not be sympathetic to the surroundings?
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There are some hideous ones in the Schlieren/Dietikon area, bright red not even a pretty red more like tomato
The ones right next to the railway line? I think they're great! Love the color!
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