Zwicky Areal

The formal textile factory forms the nucleus for the development of a new urban district. Working on the basis of the existing buildings’ industrial logic we develop three simple volumes which, through their spatial and atmospheric impact, strengthen the place and anchor the new in the old. For the student residence and the housing for the elderly we propose collective typologies with communal outdoor and circulation spaces: a five-storey courtyard type as a collective student residence and two sculptural elongated buildings to accommodate the elderly, which relate in terms of form and scale to the existing industrial buildings. The different building heights and the various front buildings and projections at ground floor level develop an exciting interplay among the new buildings and between them and the old industrial fabric. The attractive spatial situations that we find among the existing buildings, which alternate between breadth and constriction, large and small, are in this way newly interpreted and continued. 

Project Type Professional - Competition, EM2N Program Urban development Size 16’000m2 Design Team A.Andreson, F.Hörmann, A. Kotnjek, I.Maksimov, M.Müller, D.Niggli, O.Rosello Image Production Luxigon, O.Rosello Awards Competition 2nd Prize. 

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