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Waidmatt residential settlement, Z├╝rich-Affoltern

replacement construction, residential area 5-7

open project competition, 2016

282 rental flats, gross floor area 26,000 sqm

awarding authority: Waidmatt housing cooperation (Baugenossenschaft Waidmatt)

project team: Jens Jakob Happ, Tobias Schafroth 

landscape architecture: Bryum, Michael Oser und Anna Domeniconi


Starting point for our initial brainstorming was the question of how a sense of community and belonging within the cooperation can be preserved and nourished by the new buildings. The basic form of the characteristic arches links the four plots together in a formal sense and gives the settlement both identity and expression. Curved rows of houses define new urban spaces and create a clear distinction between the in-and the outside. Within the row, the house is the yardstick. With a street-facing entrance, individually designed front gardens, a vertical zoning and characteristic facade structure, the house is a clearly defined individual part of the whole, underlining the sense of community.