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Forsterstrasse Apartments

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Christian Kerez
 
location Zurich
function housing
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This project is spread over five levels. The lowest is a column-free, underground car park, accessed directly off the street. Above this is a partially buried entrance and service floor. Finally there are three levels of apartments. The lower two levels - 3 & 4 - are handed versions of each other and have two units each, whilst the smaller top floor has only one. Internally, the planning is reminiscent of Mies' brick wall houses, with a series of orthogonal perpendicular walls defining individual spaces which flow from one to the next. The perimeter of the building is column-free and totally glazed to maximise light and views. The floor slabs cantilever out on the Forsterstrasse elevation to help combat solar gain. Walls and floors are exposed reinforced concrete, and disguise very clever and subtle methods of load transference. As with the Single Wall House, this initially simple building rewards study, and reveals itself to be both spatially and structurally sophisticated.

 

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Chicago painter says:
Program for each floor is different. That makes this building so unique. It's a pretty tough challenge to architect to figure such problem / concept so smoothly. Great job. Great building.
Chicago painter
01-Feb-12
smokvy says:
As far as the exterior is considered, I love this project. But I haven't experienced its interior.
Lesce, Slovenia 27-Jun-10
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Forsterstrasse Apartments
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Forsterstrasse 38
Switzerland
Project is not public!
How to get there? Take the number 6 tram to Toblerplatz. From here walk up the hill (north) and turn left into Freudenbergasse and then turn immediately right into Mittelbergsteig. This is impassible to cars and motocycles. At the top of Mittelbergsteig turn right onto Forsterstrasse and the project is approximately 40m along on the opposite side of the road.
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Completion 2003
ArchitectChristian Kerez
project managerArchobau
landscape designerCatherine Dumont d'Ayot, Lucas Schweingruber, Christian Kerez
structural engineerOberageri - Joseph Schwartz
 
Project ID 4981
Latitude/Longitude 47°22'51N 08°33'45E
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