Mehr als Wohnen




Baugenossenschaft “Mehr als Wohnen”


Zürich, Switzerland


Housing, Community Space


40.000 sqm


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich


Competition with pre-qualification

Landscape Architect:

Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich


Waldhauser Haustechnik AG, Basel


WGG Schnetzer Puskas, Basel

Zürich, Switzerland, 2009

This project, a competition organized by the private housing cooperative “Mehr als Wohnen” (More than Housing) and the city of Zürich, was conceived to provide 320 apartments and shared amenities on a former industrial site in Zürich with the aim of conforming to the vision of the 2000W society.

Apartments are strictly oriented southward in slim, ribbon-shaped buildings that are spaced at the required distance to guarantee that the complete southern façade receives full sun exposure even in winter. Each apartment is a passive house, so that only the desired level of comfort might necessitate additional heating (here provided by district heating). Heating, energy consumption, transportation and grey energy are minimized and building costs kept below 3500 SFr/sqm GFA.

With its framing structure, prefabricated shafts and non-bearing dividing walls, the project achieves high flexibility in terms of apartment layout and variety in the façade pattern. A central zone of public use and circulation orientated north – south makes the area accessible and connects the city to the north with the park in the south.




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