The site of Escherpark, a clearly defined block just outside of Zurich’s city-center, lies in the immediate vicinity of numerous cultural institutions and spacious parks. With several schools and recreational areas within walking distance and a physical relationship to the nearby lake, the opportunely situated development is ideal as a residential area. The project for new construction at Escherpark, replacing a settlement of the 1940’s by William Dunkel, reacts to the local semi-urban structure of irregularly scaled, detached buildings and develops a new ensemble of eleven compact blocks from four main volume types whose design is effect of the slope of the plot and by the preserved centenary trees.
IN CONTRAST TO THE SURROUNDING BUILT CONTEXT, THE NEW DESIGN ACTIVELY CHOREOGRAPHS THE SUBTLE VARIATIONS IN OUTDOOR SPACE. THE FREE SPACE BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS STRETCHES LIKE A PARK AS A MEANDERING FIELD OF VEGETATION AND A SYSTEM OF PATHS LEADS THROUGH THE SPACE MAKING THIS INNER WORLD BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS ACCESSIBLE.