Course Description The course describes a residential block in Zürich, Switzerland, designed to meet the specific requirements of target rental groups whose profile, tastes and expectations were identified by in-depth market research. An innovative project that tailored the different apartment typologies to prospective tenants’ contemporary living requirements in terms of comfort and spatial functionality. The program also stands out for its experimentation with form and innovative structural solutions.
On completing the course, the reader will be able to describe how the project’s programmatic strategies succeed in dialoguing with the particular context and urban morphology, and the way in which the different residential typologies have been designed with particular occupants in mind.
The course material includes a series of pictures and technical designs, which along with a construction detail with explanatory legend, an introductory text and concept sketches, give a full overview of the project and its execution.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Assess and describe how the particular design relates to context, referencing the lines of the surrounding urban landscape and blending harmoniously into the urban fabric.
Explain the reasons behind the particular materials chosen for frame and finishes, and assess how the interiors meet the aesthetic and functional requirements of their target occupants.
Assess and explain how the building envelope relates to the structural frame, and how this relationship contributes to the overall aesthetic result./li>
Describe how the program was developed to meet the specific requirements of designated occupant target groups.