Adrian Streich Architekten
Ban-und Genossenschaft Kraftwerk I, Zurich, Switzerland
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· Bus stop, trade center, soccer fields nearby
· Situated between fields and in front of a wooded area
· Convenient access to street by car or foot
· Trees provide sound/visual barrier to street
· Little to no parking space available to residents
· Centrally located stairways and elevator, also an exterior staircase
· Main entrance within courtyard is shaded for most of the day (faces NW)
· Large variety in unit layout
· Spaces within units are fixed – no easy flexibility in the layout
In what ways does this project encourage inter-generational living?
In this project, there are many different unit layouts available. There are single bedrooms with access to community kitchen and living space, and larger units with private living and dining. All of the access to private space is through community space – one cannot enter their own unit without passing through shared space. Residents are encouraged to spend time in the shared spaces, since many of the functions of a typical house are in this community space.
How does this project demonstrate Universal Design or Barrier-Free living?
Since the building has several stories, there is an elevator at the center. All of the passages in the building are relatively wide as well.
What other amenity does the project feature that cater to the residents?
Outdoor terraces and exterior circulation within these terraces are extra features in this project. They provide community space where residents can interact and “live” together. There is also a community room on the ground floor.
How does the layout of the building enhance the users experience?
The layout is asymmetrical and varied, providing interest. There are many different types of units available and the vertical circulation and entrances are centralized.
How does the site enhance the project?
The site is near a bus stop, and there is plenty of access to nature. The building is situated near a wooded area and between small fields.
What sustainable measures does this project employ?
There are photovoltaics on the roof.
What public amenities are within the surrounding context of the project?
Surrounding public amenities include a bus stop for public transportation, a trade center, and soccer fields and tennis courts.
Describe the interior, exterior, vertical and horizontal circulation.
Vertical circulation is centralized, on the interior as well as the exterior, has both stairs and elevator, and is located in the community or shared space. Horizontal circulation leads out of the vertical circulation. There are not many designated “hallways”; circulation is through spaces not corridors.
How do existing and created outdoor spaces enhance the design concept of the project?
The balconies and exterior spaces provide circulation, are within the community space, and afford access to the outside for the residents on all floors.
What are the principal materials, assemblies, and structural system?
Brick and concrete are the principal materials for structural and space defining elements.
Describe the entry approach to the building.
To enter the building, one must walk along a curved path lined with trees. The main points of entry are in the “courtyard” space. This space is a larger outdoor area on the ground floor for residents and others to gather. It provides living space, exterior space, and acts as a sort of reception area.
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