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Armory Area, Winterthur

Together with Bednar Albisetti Architekten OOS was invited to participate in the competition for the Armory Areal in Winterthur. Different building structures in different scales meet at the Armory Area site. In its scale, the project refers directly to the large urban forms of the Armory Area and the surrounding buildings.

The basic urban concept is based on the idea of spatially differentiated outdoor spaces that include the existing workshop between the armouries on the site. These different, perceptible qualities of the outdoor spaces create specific and individual contexts for the flats with a clear address formation for the residents. The urban design is based on two building typologies: The row buildings with “thickenings” structure the outdoor spaces and the point buildings each act as a “hinge” to the adjacent plots.

On the inside, the projecting balconies reveal a lively, homely atmosphere towards the common courtyards. With different dimensions and materials, the balconies – together with the façade materialisation – ensure individuality and a high level of living comfort. Spatially, the flats are arranged around a large entrance hall, which serves as a switching zone between the large eat-in kitchen, the living room and the other rooms and underlines the generosity of the flat. The individual houses have specific themes, so that each building sets its own accents, conveys individuality and creates places of identification.

Project Details

Amt für Städtebau Stadt Winterthur
Internal Team
Christoph Kellenberger, Christiane Agreiter
External Team
Micheal Küttel Schnewlin + Küttel AG (Bauphysik), Bednar Albisetti Architekten, Heinrich Schifferle SISKA Holding AG (externe Spezialisten), Erwin Raimann 3-Plan Haustechnik AG (Haustechnik), Jürg Hofmann Jürg Hofmann Gartenbau AG (Landschaftsarchitektur)