code potemkin
project multi-residential:
gallery, studio, 1 to 3 bedrooms, loft apartment
type direct commission
size 900 m2
budget 5.1 M CHF
client eigentümergemeinschaft röntgenstrasse
credits andreas fuhrimann, gabrielle hächler architekten
with xpace architecture
photography alexandre kapellos, oneframepersecond
location zurich, ch
year 2008-2011
status built



This newly built housing project is located at the perimeter of Zurich’s former industrial zone. Over the past 15 years this area has been strongly transformed and redeveloped in one of the City’s liveliest quarters. The multi-storey dwelling is conceived in rough exposed concrete, which both reflects its historic context and addresses the track field located opposite in a robust but unpretentious manner. The building forms the new head of the existing perimeter block as well as being its centre key. A strategy of party wall has been adopted to keep an open passage to the courtyard. Dissimilar bays develop a dynamic vertical sculpture with a strong urban presence. Seven parties, accommodated in multiple flat types have inhabited the building since April 2011. The types range from small studios to large lofts to a rooftop duplex. All flats are custom-designed according to each client’s wishes and needs. A gallery of contemporary art occupies the ground floor creating synergies with the neighbourhood. The apartments are conceived with open kitchen, dining and living areas and have stunning views across the railway tracks to the City of Zurich. The interior walls and ceilings are finished in exposed concrete and are combined with oak board flooring and built-in cabinets. All apartments are accessed from the main entrance lobby via an elevator. A canopy of cantilevering “seasonal rooms“ protects the external entry area. These rooms are fully openable and serve the front flats as vast balconies during summer. The main stair, which is publicly accessible until the 1st floor, forms a secondary entrance from the exterior courtyard.

fassade, model studies
ground floor - art gallery
2nd floor
3rd floor
ornamented fassade, references
section aa
section dd
window detail
fireplace, model studies
stairs model studies
fireplace, model studiy