Kronenwiese, Zurich , 2010, 9th prize
The three sides of the perimeter are characterised by very different urban hierarchies. The project derives its specific shape in dialogue with the site conditions. The strong building completes the streetscape, follows the topography and forms a new, self-confident face towards the intersection with Nordstrasse. The balance between independence and classification, between a new identity and the continuity of the city is sought. At the rear, there is a large open space, protected from the noise of Kornhausstrasse and with an unobstructed view towards Limmat and Uetliberg. The duality of these two different sides becomes the generator for an independent apartment typology with flowing room geometries and a “soft” loggia layer.