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FAERBI AREAL


Competition, Finalist 2003


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Programme
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Client
Team
Landscape

Climate Engineering
Consultant

Zurich Schlieren
Switzerland
Competition
Completed
2003
Offices, hotel, housing, showrooms, restaurants
95.000 sqm
Halter Entwicklungen
Dietmar Leyk with Petra Wollenberg, Helge Lecius
Hager Partner AG, Zurich
HL-Technik, Schaffhausen, München
Burlet & Partner AG, Mettmenstetten

The development of the Faerbi Areal is concentrated on five islands, resulting in an attractive 50/50 relationship between open space and built architecture. The "dense urban islands" reinterpret the scale of the surrounding heterogeneous industrial and commercial buildings. They are compact but transparent volumes in a park-like setting with a sparse Robinia grove. Each island is efficiently connected to the existing access system - each island represents a spatial and atmospheric experience. The architecture of the islands is structured in horizontally layered typologies, formulating a range of different degrees of privacy: The ground floor is transparent and allows a variety of views and vistas through the park and onto the surrounding islands. While living and working in the park space, an interaction is created between garden, park and horizon, between the viewer and the multi-layered perspectives from the architecture into the countless vanishing points of the park. The patios on the first two floors formulate a specific office landscape and allow views of the sky and life on the ground floor. The upper floors shape the appearance of the islands from above with different spatial geometries. Generous passages and individually designed patios connect the interior of the islands with the park landscape. The result is a unique atmosphere that invites discovery.