Apartment Building Freiestrasse, Zürich
Living in the City
The new building is in keeping with the scale of the quarter and its integrational approach gives the apartments outer walls on three sides, with views from each. The street line of the neighbouring buildings is picked up by the bay window projections, which lend the fa�e an additional rhythm. The basement offers an attractive entrance hall and the parking on the backside. Thereabove the standard floors are formed.
The building's windmill-sail floor plan and flexible structure allow the apartments to be personalised while avoiding views from one into the other. By restricting themselves to a small range of high-quality materials, the architects have created elegant and beautifully lit interiors. The loggias compensate the limited housing sizes and act as a generous extension of the living area.
The high compactness and optimized site development, structure and shaft concept provide high efficiency without compromising quality. The Minergie building concept combines comfort with low energy consumption.
Competitive design study by invitation, 1st prize, 2009
Construction cost CHF 5 mn
Client: BVK staff pension fund of Kt. Zürich, Real Estate Management
General planner: Bob Gysin Partner BGP Architekten ETH SIA BSA
Building engineer: Aschwanden & Partner AG, Rüti
Building services engineer: 3-Plan AG, Winterthur
Energy and sustainability consultant: EK Energiekonzepte, Zürich
Building physics consultant: Zehnder & Kälin AG, Winterthur
Photos: Dominique Marc Wehrli, Winterthur, Roger Frei, Zürich