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 Myrte 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 Myrte, 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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Program: Housing
Current state: Phase 51 and 52, under construction

Haus Myrte, Wädenswil, 2022 –
Program: Transformation of historical building
Current state: Phases 51 and 52, under construction

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Program: Station square, station roof, bus roof
Current state: Phase 41, under construction (partially)

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Program: Culture, Restaurant, Housing, Retail
Current state: Phase 31, preliminary design

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Clug, Wilhelmsburg (D), 2020 –
Program: Clubhouse, boat hall
Current state: Execution Pla

House A, Geneva, 2021 –
Program: Residential house
Current state: Renovation, ongoing

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Program: School
Current state: ongoing

Herriberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Program: Retail, housing, bus yard
Current state: framework plan

Airport Engadin, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: construction project

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: tender, 2020 –
Current phase: Project phases design to operation

Boulevard, ETHZ Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Program: Campus Boulevard redesign (with Studio Vulkan)
Current state: ongoing

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Program: Housing
Current state: on hold

Urban Design

Bahnhof Romanshorn, 2022 –
Current state: study (with Sudio Vulkan)

Kaserne Aarau, 2022 –
Current state: urban framework

Areale Wittenbach, 2022 –
Current state: urban design commission

Stiftungsareal Neumünster, 2022 –
Current state: study

Kieler Schloss, 2022 –
Current state: Public think tank on usage and architecture

Campus Heidelberg, 2021 –
Current state: Masterplan process, in-depth studies

Otterbach Süd, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Campus Bochum, 2018 –
Current state: project support

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: project support

Areal Neugasse Zürich, 2016 –
Current state: completion of master plan, public consultation

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: project support

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: project support

Urban System Research

Metaverse, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

Entwicklungskonzept Würzenbach, 2022 –
Current state: ongoing

ESP Hochdorf, 2021 –
Current state: spatial-urban as well as use- and circular-based development concept

Deep Urbanism, 2021 –
Current state: ongoing

cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
Current state: ongoing


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