Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A

Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A

© Jan Bitter © Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni © Jan Bitter + 9

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Zurich, Switzerland
  • architects Authors of this architecture project E2A
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  • architects

  • location

    Zurich, Switzerland
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  • Design Team

    Wim Eckert, Piet Eckert with Nils Döring and Anna Maria Tosi, Sabine Bayer, Samuel Benz, Daniel Bock, Vesna Brandestini, Carolin Döpfer, Christian Dürr, Cristina Gonzalo Nogués, Bryan Graf, Philipp Heidemann, Harris Iliadis, Aidan Kümmerli, Valentino Sandri, Mireya Sanchez Gomez, Alexander Struck
  • Artistic Collaboration

    Hans-Peter Kistler, Beinwil
  • General Contractor

    Allreal Generalunternehmung AG, Zurich
  • Structural Engineering

    JägerPartner AG Bauingenieure SIA, Zurich
  • Landscape Consulting

    Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Zurich
  • Façade Engineering

    Atelier P3 AG, Zurich
  • Building Physics

    Buri Bauphysik & Akustik, Volketswil
  • MEP

    Troxler & Partner AG, Ruswil
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© Georg Aerni
© Georg Aerni

Text description provided by the architects. Terraced housing refers to the countless suburban proposals seeking to maximize views with their slopes. Surprisingly, these proposals are often far removed from an uncompromising belief in the city. They line the outskirts of urban configurations, jostling to assert themselves. In our cities, views and panoramas are not part of an urban agenda.

Site Plan
Site Plan

Our “dream metropolis” is and will remain part of the small-city typology. As a result, we possess no metropolitan inheritance, no local references on which to lean.

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

It seems that an exhaustion of the periphery must occur in order to reach the point when the city center will attempt to develop and construct truly urban typologies.  We transport the terrace from the periphery back into the city. We stack them into a large urban residence.

© Georg Aerni
© Georg Aerni

The tower merges with the existing, original warehouse that stands on the edge of the Escher-Wyss industrial area, abandoned and hidden – a situation unusual to Zurich. Rehearsal stages for the opera house will be integrated with the existing buildings to create a link with the surrounding industrial production, still active today.

Floor Plans
Floor Plans

The new construction absorbs the existing, infusing it with a porous materiality. It fills the old arched windows from the inside, and as such is converted into a new whole. By weaving the existing industrial elements with the residential tower, the building engages with an unusual urban situation, standing slightly offset from the street.

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

The profile of the building develops conically. From the upper edge of the existing structure, with a depth of 25 meters, the new apartments of 8 meter modules stack continuously upwards. A south-facing tribune rises to a height of 60 meters and reveals an expansive view over the city center and Lake Zurich.

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Address: Zurich, Switzerland

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Cite: "Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A" 20 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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