MEWA-Areal Wädenswil


2018 -


Blattmann Metallwarenfabrik AG, Wädenswil


Wädenswil, Switzerland


Culture, Restaurant, Retail, Housing


17'500 qm


Invited Competition, 1st Prize


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG

Planning team:

Müller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten
Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer Bauingenieure AG
IBV Hüsler AG


Filippo Bolognese

New Development MEWA-Areal Wädenswil

Continuing a heritage

The MEWA Areal exists as an island embedded between juxtapositions – between the noise of the Zugerstrasse and the enchanting garden idyll in the back, between the city center at the lake and the hill shoulder of the Hangenmoos neighborhood, between its heritage as a Swiss industrial pioneer and its future as a vibrant new neighborhood.

The project sits on the footprint of the historic conglomeration of industrial buildings, partly demolished or preserved, interpreted anew or transformed, creating in a dialogue with history and nature a new ensemble. The existing brook running through the site becomes both a seam and a path that links the industrial estate to the garden park.

The industrial legacy remains inscribed in the memory of the place and yet is reinterpreted anew.

Making a place

The ensemble of Haus Myrthe and the former production hall with its distinctive butterfly-roof becomes the identity creating artifact, referencing the history of the area. At the heart of the development, surrounding the production hall, lies a community foyer and winter-garden along with an adjoining multifunctional space. These three open spaces induce a dynamic interplay of functions – cultural use, service and gastronomy. The result is a small urban biotope with Haus Myrthe, a community center entrance, gastronomy and an address at Zugerstrasse on the southern side. A community courtyard figuratively extends from the foyer – including a commercial space, child daycare center, an atelier as well as direct access to the underground mobility garage.  At the rear of the multifunctional space lies access to the brook, a view onto the garden-park and a potential beer garden in the summer. A diversity of usage scenarios is conceivable depending on the occasion – from small scale handcraft to larger, cultural production. The former company site awakens around this core to a new and diverse life.



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