Residential building Freilager
Zürich, Switzerland
2010–2016
Residential building Freilager
Zürich, Switzerland
2010–2016
270 apartments, Teilgebiet C
Address: Freilagerstrasse 47, Zürich
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
Residential building Freilager
Zürich, Switzerland
2010–2016

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.

Residential building Freilager
Zürich, Switzerland
2010–2016
Gardens constitute the transition to the public realm
Reference: Immeuble de Geneve XIV, Marc-Joseph Saugey, Geneve, 1957
Collective courtyard adjacent to the private gardens
Section Site plan
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Courtyard, the brick pillars support the balconies
View from the allotment gardens
Court apartment, view from the elevated room
Ground floor apartment with private garden
Middle apartment, relation between kitchen and living space
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Model of a typical apartment
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Entrance to the apartments
Floor plan, apartment type 1 Floor plan, apartment type 2 Floor plan, apartment type 3 Floor plan, apartment type 4
Floor plan, apartment type 1
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View over the private gardens towards the allotment gardens
Apartment with roof terrace
South-facing end apartment with balcony