Gross floor area: 50.725 m2
Client: Zürcher Freilager AG
Architecture: office haratori with office winhov
Landscape design: Müller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten
Sustainability label: Minergie-P-Eco
Photographer: Georg Aerni
The Freilager Albisrieden, a trade and industry depot built in 1924, is being redeveloped into an urban residential area. A series of long blocks and towers are arranged around a system of courtyards on the north side of the site. Complementing the existing brick-built warehouses on the south side of the central promenade, Teilgebiet C, a comb-shaped building surrounds a central courtyard with access to the promenade. The entrances to the dwellings are also located on this ‘cour d’honneur’. The gardens – placed on the exterior of the building – provide a wide, informal street profile transitioning from the development area to the allotments behind. A rotation in the plan provides the apartments with a south orientation and views over the Uetliberg. On the courtyard side, the dwellings alternate with either a raised kitchen or living room to provide typological variation. Brick garden walls and columns resonate with the adjacent warehouses underlining the cohesion of both buildings within the whole ensemble.