Balberstrasse, Zurich , 2011

The new buildings are to blend into the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of the existing residential development on Balberstrasse. The building mass consists of three low and four taller volumes, which adapt to the basic urban planning pattern and try to optimally deal with the hillside location. Their construction method is designed to include a high proportion of wood in order to meet the requirements of the “2000-watt society” in an ecologically and energetically sustainable manner. The distinctive roof shape and the generous loggias tie the ensemble together. A dense network of paths connects the individual houses at various levels of privacy and leads past the cooperative rooms, such as the common room or the studios. The loggias serve as a switching zone between public and private spaces and become a place to meet.