The existing buildings located at 129–131, rue de la Tour Jacob were dilapidated and needed to be completely demolished. The houses did not have any distinctive architectural features that stood in the way of their demolition. The decision to demolish the buildings was taken with the approval of the City of Luxembourg's Service Urbanisme (Urban Planning Department).
By going this route rather than renovating the existing structures, it was possible to include both the plots that were initially occupied by the buildings (129–131) and the empty plots (133–135) that were initially occupied by a parking area into the project.
Architectural and urban planning aspects
Due to its proximity to the city centre and easy access to public transport and soft mobility options (city centre elevator), the site is especially well suited for the development of furnished rooms. Moreover, Rue de la Tour Jacob already has a mixture of different types of residences.
Special attention was paid to the choice of insulation materials. The City of Luxembourg's policies stipulate that sustainable, eco-friendly materials should be used whenever possible.
The construction of two separate houses – A and B – allowed for the creation of a residential facility comprising 12 fully furnished individual rooms. The two units are connected by a shared basement.
City of Luxembourg – Direction Architecte (Architecture Directorate) – Service Bâtiments (Buildings Department)
Architects: HO Architectes sàrl, 7, rue de la Toison d'Or, L-2265 Luxembourg
Civil engineers: AuCARRE, 13, rue Kalchesbruck, L-1852 Luxembourg
Technical engineers: betic sàrl, 2, route de Luxembourg, L- 4972 Dippach
Health and safety coordinator: HBH sa, 16, rue Robert Stümper, L-2557 Luxembourg
Engineering consultancy: Luxcontrol sa, 1, avenue des Terres Rouges, L-4004 Esch-sur-Alzette
Asbestos removal: UTG gmbh, 1 Seckerbaach, L-5444 Schengen
Structural work: DZ-construct S.A., 173, route de Belvaux, L-4026 Esch/Alzette
Roofing/Tinsmithing: Rollingertec s.a., 70, rue des Prés, L-7333 Steinsel
Façade: KUHN Construction S.A., Z.A. John L Mac Adam, L-1113 Luxembourg
Exterior wood joinery: Holzgestaltung Irsch S.A.R.L., 12, route du Vin, L-6794 Grevenmacher
Electrical installations: Electricité du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg SA, 16, rue Robert Krieps, L-4702 Pétange
Ventilation and heating systems: ELCO S.A., 12, zone industrielle, L-8287 Kehlen
Sanitary installations: ELCO S.A., 12, zone industrielle, L-8287 Kehlen
Screed: Maroldt sàrl, 5, rue Kalchesbruck, L-1852 Luxembourg
Tiling: Maroldt sàrl, 5, rue Kalchesbruck, L-1852 Luxembourg
Plasterwork/Suspended ceilings: Schnur-systeme sàrl, 288, route de Thionville, L-5884 Howald
Flexible floor covering/Linoleum: BRISBOIS sàrl, 81, rue de Cessange, L-1320 Luxembourg
Ironwork: Ferronnerie d'Art Nico Betzen S.A., 15, Dikricherstrooss, L-9455 Fouhren
Painting: Peinture Dave Feltus sàrl, 5, Zone artisanale et commerciale, L-9085 Ettelbruck
Interior joinery: Holzgestaltung Irsch S.A.R.L., 12, route du Vin, L-6794 Grevenmacher
Furniture: Firstfloor sa, 7 rue Nicolas Glesener, L-6131 Junglinster
Cleaning: C.M. SERVICES sàrl, 139, rue de Mühlenbach, L-2168 Luxembourg