The Freitag factory in Zurich-Oerlikon is housed in the Noerd commercial building designed by Rothen Architektur in 2010. Featuring production facilities and design studios, as well as logistics and administration, the floor, 10’000-square-meter space accommodates over 120 employees. The facility also includes a staff canteen and a factory shop. The heart of production is the newly developed, eco-friendly rainwater-powered industrial washroom in the basement.
The central high-ceilinged hall houses cutting stations as well as control and logistics centers. A mezzanine level with offices has been superimposed in this large space. The upper floors contain development and administration offices, alongside a roof canteen and a factory shop. Simple timber-frame fixtures divide the large, unfinished space, adding a sense of spatial tension.
Depending on the rooms’ function, the wooden frames are covered on one side with glass for the individual offices; cement-bonded chipboard for meeting rooms, or diagonal metal mesh for storage areas. Each level features vibrant and thoughtfully-designed entry points, complete with relaxation spots (biopoints) and designated printer zones.