Neumünster Park Residential Transformation
location: Zürich, Switzerland
client: Swiss Re
status: Project
project: 2021

The Draht and the Neudraht housing developments were completed in 1982 and are located at the intersection of two areas of Zürich: Hirslanden and Riesbach. The development is accessible via Neumünsterallee, one of the city's most picturesque streets, leading to the Neumünster church. Next to its eastern side is a meticulously designed neighborhood park. Bordering this park are the Neudraht buildings, which embody some of their era's architectural trends as "houses in a park."  

The primary principle of this competition submission is the accentuation of the typological character of the existing: the urban, street-facing facade of Draht and Neudraht, a building within a park, all while preserving their core structural integrity. Additionally, the vision encompasses a communal green expanse, integrating the site's pre-existing trees.

Interventions include adding one and two additional floors, respectively, and new balconies. Facades will undergo renovations to enhance energy efficiency. The proposal aims to offer a more defined architectural form and contemporary exterior spaces by extending the existing floor slabs in the living areas. The exterior walls will be insulated and adorned with rear-ventilated, pre-fabricated concrete panels, while the reddish wooden windows will warmly contrast the fiber-cement cladding.

commission: Competition
program: Conversion, Residential
size: 10660 m²
team: Annette Spillmann, Harald Echsle, Christoph Heitzmann, Linda Hatava, Miro Kiener, Elyas Lunardi, Raphael Suter