freitag factory maag

conversion of a production hall with built-in office space

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Address: Hardstrasse 219, 8005 Zürich
Client: Freitag lab AG, Zürich
Planning and design: spillmann echsle architekten
Construction: 2003

The production of Freitag bags requires a great deal of space. Approximately 2’780 square meters of floor area are needed in order to have the used truck tarps delivered, pulled apart, cut to the rough shape, washed, rolled, tailored, assorted, assembled, sewn together to bags and other items; then photographed, stored, packed, stored again and, finally, shipped off to be sold. Additional space is needed for small exhibitions, secondary rooms for staff and primarily for office space. 
The built-in office space is raised above the floor of the wide-span production hall and accommodates forty workplaces. For functional reasons it leans against the old industrial façade. The workplaces for cutting and assembling the tarps are located directly under this new office space. V-shaped props carry the monolithic floor slab. In just a very short period of time pre-fabricated, timber walls and ceiling elements could be joined. On the outside the boxes are clad in roofing paper and plastic cupolas cover the openings.