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The financier Felix von Schumacher commissioned plans from Aalto and his Swiss colleague Alfred Roth for a sixteen-storey apartment block and shopping centre on a large lakeshore site he owned just outside the old town of Lucerne. The two architects divided up the assignment: Aalto assumed sole responsibility for the high-rise, Roth for the shopping centre.

Designed in



Lucerne, Switzerland

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High rise Schönbühl. Photo: O. Pfeifer, Alvar Aalto Museum

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The wedge-shaped apartments are grouped in a fan arrangement facing the lake and the Alps. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Entrance. Photo: O. Pfeifer, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Ground floor plan. The lobby has a direct access to the shopping centre. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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Perspective drawing of the interior. Drawing: Alvar Aalto Museum

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West entrance. Photo: O. Pfeifer, Alvar Aalto Museum

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Main facade facing the lake. Photo: Mikko Merckling, Alvar Aalto Museum