Work Office News Profile Portrait Awards Exhibitions Lectures Publications by EM2N about EM2N People Team Zurich Team Berlin Jobs Imprint Contact / Close Thumbnails 014 QZA P1 014 QZA P2 014 QZA P3 014 QZA P4 014 QZA P5 014 QZA P6 014 QZA P7 014 QZA P8 014 QZA P9 014 QZA P10 014 QZA D11 014 QZA D12 014 QZA D13 014 QZA D14 Community Centre Aussersihl In the green setting of the park the building behaves like a guest, as the addition of an extra programme. Because it was not permitted to fell a single tree the building had to make do with the space between the root protection areas around the trees and instead develops upwards. After the local council decided to halve the budget, the project had to be adapted. Despite a cost reduction of 45 percent the usable floor area had only to be reduced by 25 percent. While maintaining the basic principles of the project all parts of the building were radically simplified, leading to major savings in the building costs: strategic minimalism! And the reworked, radically simplified project is still integrated in the park, on the one hand through the form, on the other through the facade. Lime-sand brick was the most economical material for building the curved walls. By using powerful colours we ‘killed’ this somewhat dated material so that only its shape and the respective shade remained. While the external skin is in a restrained ‘British Racing Green’, the spaces in the interiors glow in bright shades. Taking the image of tree bark as a starting point the facade is perforated and tattooed. The skin developed goes beyond the usual appearance of a hole-in-the wall-facade, produces depth and establishes a subtle relationship between the building and its surroundings. The building shell, which was elaborated at certain places, offers space for a variety of uses, making it a genuine district centre that draws its life from the various activities that take place there. Credits and team Photographs: © Filip Dujardin, Gent · © Damian Poffet, Liebefeld-Bern Model photographs: © Hannes Henz, Zurich Film: © Jens Franke, Marius Helten, Berlin Index: 014 QZA Date: Competition 1999 · Planning phase 1999–2000 and 2002–2004 · Construction phase 2003–2004 Team EM2N Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli · Project leaders: Barbara Frei, Christof Zollinger · Project team: Luc Pestalozzi, Christoph Rothenhöfer, Cornelia Schwaller, Vincent Traber Specialist planners Construction management / construction realisation: Jaeger Baumanagement GmbH, Zurich · Construction consultancy / construction economics: ct Bauberatung + Bauökonomie AG, Zurich · Civil engineer: Tragwerk Bauingenieure GmbH, Affoltern a. A. · Wood engineer: Pirmin Jung Ingenieure für Holzbau GmbH, Rain · Planning heating / ventilation / air-conditioning and Sanitary services: Amstein + Walthert, Zurich · Electrical services planning: Amstein + Walthert, Zurich · Building physics / acoustics: Amstein + Walthert, Zurich · Art: Stefan Altenburger Location Zurich, Switzerland Procedure Competition, 1st prize Client City of Zurich, represented by City of Zurich Building Department Year 1999–2004 Status Built Program Café, Event spaces, Group rooms, Office, Roof terrace, Workshop spaces Size 866 m² Costs CHF 3 m.