RhyTech site, Neuhausen am Rheinfall

RhyTech-Areal, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Fischer Architekten AG Zürich

The urban planning concept of this competition entry, which was awarded third prize, is based on the idea of differentiated outdoor spaces. The preservation of the existing industrial shed-like building helps to give the site create an identity and has a revitalising effect on its development.

The new RhyTech site, which is accessible to the public, has a unique topographical location above the Rhine Falls. Different development structures at different scales encounter each other here, making the industrial history of the place visible. Two building typologies are dominant: large volumes articulate the outdoor spaces, while selectively positioned high-rise buildings act as landmarks within view of the Rhine Falls. The dialogue between the proposal and these large buildings in its surroundings helps to mesh the new design with the place. Neuhausen grows together and is given a new centre.

The urban design concept is based on the idea of differentiated outdoor spaces that incorporate the existing industrial building as a nucleus. Groups of trees positioned with great care make the different qualities of the outdoor spaces perceptible, creating specific individual contexts for the apartment buildings and providing clear addresses.

Badische Bahnhofstrasse 16, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
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Task Further development of the site and a change of use, the aim being to create an attractive and dense mixed-use district
Job type Study commission by invitation
Mention 3rd prize
Time period 2012
Challenge Urban design, clarification of the identity of the place, variety of functions