the world's most visited architecture website
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Housing
  4. Switzerland
  5. Max Dudler
  6. 2014
  7. Areal Giessen / Max Dudler

Areal Giessen / Max Dudler

  • 02:00 - 11 August, 2016
Areal Giessen / Max Dudler
Areal Giessen  / Max Dudler, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bergstrasse, 8706 Meilen, Switzerland
  • Category

  • Area

    15050.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Team

    Florian Pischetsrieder, Lucyna Zawistowska, Maike Lausen, Markus Weissenmayer
  • Project Managers

    Jörg Jakubczak, Henrik Mundorf (until 2011), Hans Kolbeck (until 2012)
  • Construction Supervision

    Schwendener Baumanagement AG
  • Structural Engineers

    Urech Bärtschi Maurer AG
  • Building Services

    Kopitsis Bauphysik AG Schoch Reibenschuh AG
  • Building Physics + Acoustics

    IPA Energieberatung und Bauphysik Kopitsis Bauphysik AG
  • Landscape Architect

    vetschpartner Landschaftsarchitekten AG
  • Electrical Planning

    Mettler+Partner AG
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

Text description provided by the architects. Just like the Siedlung Halen did back then, the “urban island” on the Areal Giessen site on Lake Zurich translates the village motif into a contemporary form. Ten houses with 34 freehold ats and up to eight commercial units were built in Meilen in to- tal. Even though the design is clearly based on the countryside character of the place, its abstract, geometrical shape creates a dialectic tension with the surrounding landscape. The residential units have been arranged densely on a narrow rectangular plot, forming an island in the landscape of Lake Zurich. The residential buildings have been arranged on the plot like on a chessboard and in a staggered order, so that all ats have a view of the lake. The terraces and staircases provide a range of different vistas on the lake.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The new residential site is characterised by its compact urban design and the interaction between narrow alleys and broad, semi-private open spaces. A network of paths and streets as well as a small public square with sycamore trees at the centre of the estate give the Areal Giessen site an urban feel.

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

Above this square are the “pocket park” and a playground, which are accessible to all property owners.

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

This deliberate arrangement of public and private spaces also extends into the buildings. Different spatial layers within the  ats, ranging from the private area of the bedrooms to the living and dining areas facing towards the south, provide a 180-de- gree view of the surroundings. The  ats on the Areal Giessen site have sizes of up to 257 sqm and contain 2.5 to 7.5 rooms each. Every  at has its own individual, generously sized outdoor area facing to the south – either a roof-deck, a loggia or a pri- vate garden. Beneath the buildings, hidden under the slope, there is a basement garage from which all  ats can be accessed. Every building also has a separate entrance. Sustainability, good noise insulation, and accessibility as well as spacious eleva- tors were important factors in the design process.

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

View the complete gallery

Project location

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Cite: "Areal Giessen / Max Dudler" 11 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.