residential building containing 4 apartments

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Location: Birchsteg, 8057 Zürich
Client: private
Status: built
Project: 2011-2014
Planning and design: spillmann echsle architekten ag
Project team: Annette Spillmann, Barbara Springer
Construction management and realisation: Jaeger Baumanagement AG, Zürich
Civil engineer: Andreas Haag + Partner GmbH, Küsnacht, Diego Zanolla
Building technology: naef energietechnik, Zürich / Gerber Patrick Haustechnik GmbH, Volketswil
Photographs: Roger Frei

The building site at Birchsteg is defined by the SBB railroad tracks cutting through the plot, as well as the traditional row housing on Birchstrasse. With its massive, polished and slightly deformed appearance, the building block responds to the issue of the neighbouring noise pollution. A central core -containing the staircase, lift and bathrooms- penetrates the entire building volume. It defines the adjacent open, split leveled spaces into different zones for living, sleeping and working.