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Bare concrete wall?

Hi folks,

My wife and I just got the keys to our apartment today, and had a question about something we thought was rather odd.

The whole building was recently renovated, so the interior is all new: new stucco (or whatever the textured stuff on the walls is) on the walls, new appliances, new floors, etc.

However, one of the interior walls is just bare concrete. It's the narrow end of the living room, which is also the narrow end of the main bedroom (both rooms are on opposite sides of the same wall). Both sides are completely bare concrete.

Needless to say, it's not exactly the most attractive thing in the world. The rest of the apartment is lovely, and we're really excited about it, but are really confused about the wall.

When we were discussing this with the agent who has been handling all the paperwork, she mentioned that it's part of the structure of the building: all the apartments in the building have at least one wall that's bare concrete. She claimed it was for protection from earthquakes.

It's not a huge problem for us, as we can put bookcases against the living room wall, and the dresser/wardrobe(s) against it on the bedroom side, but we still thing it's a little odd. Any suggests on covering parts that aren't covered by the bookshelves/dressers?

My post is a bit verbose, but I suppose my question boils down to: "Has anyone ever heard of such a thing before? If so, is this a common thing in Switzerland?"

Thanks!
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

I have really no idea about structural reasons but it seems to be considered cool and you see a lot of really ugly bare concrete on newly built houses. But an inside wall is still going a bit too far for most people's taste! Mind you, still better than thirty year old carpet!
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

Concrete interiors are cool!

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I have really no idea about structural reasons but it seems to be considered cool and you see a lot of really ugly bare concrete on newly built houses. But an inside wall is still going a bit too far for most people's taste! Mind you, still better than thirty year old carpet!
Hah. I hear you about the carpet.

It does seem a bit weird, but it is what it is. We'll be sure to take photos of everything, concrete wall and all, just in case we run into trouble when we eventually move out of the apartment.
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

Yes it's definitely pretty common in Switzerland to see a lot of bare concrete exterior & interior walls. We have a bare concrete house from the 60's... (and we love it : ))
So basically, don't be alarmed by it & if you're not fond of it, cover it up with a fabric curtain perhaps (could be a stylish feature) or furniture (as you said). Whatever you do, I wouldn't recommend drilling into it to put a picture up.
Enjoy your new (slightly concrete) pad!
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

Put a sign up in the local post office:

Graffiti competition: Cash prize for most controversial and tasteless design. No employed or hygienically tested individuals allowed. Chemical enhancement encouraged.

That should take care of the problem.
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

You've just been Switzerlanded. Could be worse. You could have had a yellow wire metal stair case.

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Re: Bare concrete wall?

I'll take a bare concrete wall any day over the revolting crepi* that the Swiss love to plaster over every wall (and sometimes ceiling!). Hate the stuff, absolutely loathe it.

*Yes, that textured stuff that went out of fashion in the rest of the world in 1978
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

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Yes it's definitely pretty common in Switzerland to see a lot of bare concrete exterior & interior walls. We have a bare concrete house from the 60's... (and we love it : ))
So basically, don't be alarmed by it & if you're not fond of it, cover it up with a fabric curtain perhaps (could be a stylish feature) or furniture (as you said). Whatever you do, I wouldn't recommend drilling into it to put a picture up.
Enjoy your new (slightly concrete) pad!
Interesting. Sounds good. It just seems really odd to me to have all the other walls be textured and white, with one bare concrete wall. Go figure! I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't simply because the guy who was painting the walls that day didn't leave early.

The agent warned us quite clearly on not drilling into the wall (as it's structural, I suspect that would be a Bad Thing). I tend to take such warnings seriously, as there's usually a reason behind them.
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

The concrete walls are also used for fire-walls ...
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Re: Bare concrete wall?

As the apartment is rented, best not to drill in it nor paint it!
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