Housing Complex Steinwies-/Irisstrasse
Zurich-Hottingen, 2011–2015
Competition, 2011, 1. Prize
Ground Floor
Standard Floor
Attic Floor
Studio House

The building ensemble between Steinwiesstrasse and Irisstrasse in Zurich-Hottingen consists of three separate buildings that each has its own contextual reference, thus reflecting the heterogeneous development pattern of the surroundings. The landmarked brick villa is typical for the neighborhood. The studio building, set in the villa’s garden, makes reference in content and form to the early modern experimental houses built on the Zürichberg – such as the Doldertal houses. The apartment building ultimately possesses yet another character.
It seeks a close link to the mighty trees on the edges of the property. Therefore the starting point for the formal development was not established by the surrounding buildings along the street, with their massing and classical formal vocabulary, but was instead research on natural forms and the formal qualities of ruins. Rock formations such as basalt were studied for their structural features and made productive for design.
The plasticity of the building form also pervades the interior. The floor plans build upon polygonal chambers that combine in the area of habitation to form an open spatial figure. The foundation of this figure is a spatial sequence that culminates in each case at the fireplace along the building front.

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Competition team
Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, Christian Inderbitzin, Jonathan Roider, Michael Reiterer, Lukas Prestele

Project team
Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, Christian Inderbitzin, Theres Hollenstein, Philipp Schneider, Michael Reiterer, Nina Villiger, Marion Sigrist, Simon Cheung, Manuel Däster, Julia Neubauer, Dominique Kühnhanss, Lukas Gschweitl, Lucia Semetkova, Isabelle Weber

Metzger-Versicherungen Genossenschaft, Zurich

Landscape Architect: Ganz Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Zurich
Civil Engineer: Dr. Lüchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure AG, Zurich
Building Services: Raumanzug GmbH, Zurich
Electrical Engineer: Gutknecht Elektroplanung AG, Au
Building Physics: Raumanzug GmbH, Zurich

Roland Bernath

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