Apartment building Forchstrasse, Zürich
The articulated massing of the building exploits the irregular geometry of the plot and retains the characteristic local features of continuous green space and permeability of the site. Individual bay windows punctuate the otherwise restrained façades, while the horizontal divisions help the building to fit in with its surroundings. The sloping site is treated as an opportunity by making the ground floor split-level and thus creating a high entrance hall.
The building layout groups four residential units on each floor, with the balconies and openings arranged so that each dwelling provides a personalised home environment with visual privacy. The apartments have been developed as a low-noise typology, characterised by flowing interior spaces, changing views of the neighbourhood, and sound-proofed ventilation systems. The result is a new building that has developed from a sense of place, blends into its environment, responds to the locally high noise levels, and offers a high quality of living while meeting the Minergie standard.
Project competition by invitation, 1st prize 2015
Client: Elsy Weber-Brühlmann Stiftung
Architect: Bob Gysin + Partner BGP Architekten ETH SIA BSA
Structural engineer: Aschwanden & Partner, Rüti
Building services engineer: Amstein+Walthert, Zurich
Electrical engineers: Scherler, Lucerne
Energy and sustainability: EK Energiekonzepte, Zurich