Apartment Building Stampfenbachstrasse
Zurich, 2018–2022
Direct Commission, 2018
Standard Floor

With the commission to build small apartments on Stampfenbachstrasse in Zurich, we sought to create living space that stakes out a position beyond a “downsized” family apartment and beyond an ordinary single-room loft. The idea for such housing builds on the notion of a “performative space” that adapts to the individual needs of its inhabitants: Much like a gown, it wraps around the human body, can be opened and closed, and offers various “pockets” and spaces to store miscellaneous household belongings.
In the spirit of this performance, the basic elements of architecture have been rethought: floor and ceiling, doors and walls, fixtures and furniture, windows, structural elements, curtains, mirrors, etc. In addition to movable elements, platforms along the facade are of particular importance. Here, the floor becomes a surface for sitting or lying on. Linked to this is the idea of living with little furniture. Prior to construction, a mock-up of an exemplary apartment was erected and then studied at ETH Zurich.
The building on Stampfenbachstrasse occupies a corner site opposite the park grounds of the Beckenhof manor, adjoins the existing building to one side and leaves room behind for a small courtyard. The prefabricated wood construction with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels for walls and floors is built above existing basements. Outside, the apartment house is clad with a thin metallic skin that conceals the construction within.

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The following sponsors and partners have contributed to the success of the mock-up project:
Engel & Völkers Schweiz, Flück Holzbau AG, KLS Müller AG, moyreal immobilien ag, Timbatec Holzbauingenieure Schweiz AG, UTO Real Estate Management AG, Verit Immobilien AG, ABB, Argolite AG, Blumer Techno Fenster AG, Böni Gebäudetechnik AG, Christian Fischbacher Co. AG, Ehrat AG, Electrolux AG, Gerflor FEAG AG, Gutknecht Elektroplanung AG, Hansgrohe, Holz Stürm AG, KEIMFARBEN AG, Miele AG, Neumarkt 17 AG, Pfister PROFESSIONAL AG, riposa AG SWISS SLEEP, Preisig AG, REPOXIT AG, Sanitas Troesch AG, Schibli Elektrotechnik AG, Sika AG, SPLEISS AG, Urech Metallbau GmbH, WB Bürgin AG, wlw Bauingenieure AG

Project team
Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, Christian Inderbitzin, Christian Franke, Michael Brotzer, Fabian Lauener, Nicolas Cuénod, Andreas Monn, Veronica Berardi, Sven Fawer, Ludwig Hänssler, Gilles Scapin, Rose Schuller

UTO Real Estate Management AG, Zurich (Mock-up: ETH Zurich, Architecture Department, Chair of Elli Mosa­yebi)

Landscape Design: EMI Architekt*innen, Zurich
Civil Engineer: wlw Bauingenieure AG, Zurich
Timber Construction Engineer, Building Physics: Timbatec Holzbauingenieure Schweiz AG, Zurich
Building Services: Böni Gebäudetechnik AG, Oberentfelden
Electrical Engineer: Gutknecht Elektroplanung AG, Au

Roland Bernath

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