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Apartment Building Schauenbergstrasse
Zurich, 2020–2023
Private Commission, 2019
Photo: Alexander Gebetsroither
Attic Floor, 2. Floor and Ground Floor
Photo: Roland Bernath
Photo: Roland Bernath
Photo: Roland Bernath
Photo: Roland Bernath
Photo: Roland Bernath
Photo: Roland Bernath
Photo: Alexander Gebetsroither

The new apartment building is located along a bend in Schauenbergstrasse on the northern slope of the Hönggerberg. It is part of a tranquil neighborhood of single-family homes and simple postwar linear buildings as well as larger ensembles of late-modernist housing further uphill. Given the strong diagonal slope of the site, the house finds its point of emphasis through a differentiated, sculptural form. This plasticity and the formal expression are individualistic. We have spoken of a Nordic fantasy. With its allusion to northern European ideas, there is nevertheless a loose, contextual relationship to the neighborhood.
In a sense, the topography runs through the entire building. The pronounced slope and the uphill-facing west orientation are determining factors for the occasionally archaic-looking interior. A stepped section brings daylight deep into the building and creates different apartments on each floor. This produces a spatiality that is experienced in movement.
The perhaps somewhat anachronistic artisanship in the design finds expression in a distinctive material presence: bright slurry-coated brick in combination with wood clapboard siding, larch, and copper as well as oak, glazed ceramics, and natural stone define the feel.

Project team
Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, Christian Inderbitzin, Michael Reiterer, Wilko Potgeter, Lukas Brusch, Rabea Kalbermatten, Kevin Kummerov, Alisa Labrenz, Anna Ludwig, Marie Seeger, Sébastien Ressnig, Jannik Achenbach, Lukas König, Maximilian Lange, Inès Rausis

Client
Private

Landscape Architect: Ganz Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Zürich
Civil Engineer: wlw Bauingenieure AG, Zürich
Building Services: Frei + Partner Haustechnikplanung AG, Baden
Electrical Engineer: Schäfer Partner AG, Lenzburg
Building Physics: 3Plan Haustechnik, Winterthur