Migros housing development, Erlenbach

Wohnüberbauung Migros, Erlenbach, Fischer Architekten AG Zürich

For the extension of a supermarket and the addition of housing this competition entry, which was awarded second prize, achieves a balance between a high level of utilisation and acceptable integration in the surroundings. Different functions and demands are connected in clearly articulated urban volume to create a single whole.

In Erlenbach, on the lower right shore of Lake Zurich and on the border to Küsnacht, there is an old printing works which today is used by a wholesaler. The task was to expand the location by means of additional shops and to upgrade it with new residential uses.

Woven into the small-scale context, the project is a deliberate leap in scale, which through the differentiation of its volumes and appropriate heights establishes a connection to its surroundings and the nearby train station. To the existing building, the former printing works, the clearly articulated new building creates a joint, an urban lane lined with shops. This creates a connection between the existing building and the new one.

The layering of the different functions allows a clear separation between public and private. All the commercial uses are located on the lower floors, while the apartments are on the upper levels. To reduce noise pollution, they have little contact to the busy lakeside road. Generously dimensioned windows offer a view of the mountains and the lake.

Bahnhofstrasse 42, 8703 Erlenbach, Switzerland
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Task Extension of an existing Migros supermarket and new housing development
Job type Study commission by invitation
Mention 2nd prize
Time period 2009
Challenge Balance between high utilisation level and integration in the existing surroundings