Herdernstrasse Zürich




competition 2014

in cooperation with Vuotovolume

project team Jan Derveaux, Selva Dietzfelbinger and Alexander Tartarotti


The new residential building completes the existing bracket-shaped structure and occupies the corner between two streets with intense traffic, opposite of a historic slaughterhouse. With its building depth of 12 meters, it connects self-evidently to the neighbouring buildings. By ‘folding’ inwards on the open south-east side, the volume gets a clear and solid ending towards the openness of the Büllingerstrasse.


With the proposed pitched roof, the massiveness of its materials, the rhythm of vertical and horizontal lines in the façade and the shadow play of its plastic plaster skin, the new building deliberately seeks a dialogue with the protected corner buildings on the other side of the street.


Within a compact building volume a total of 48 apartments are organized around four staircases. On the top floors there are duplex apartments with an internal staircase. All dwellings are organized along a space continuum connecting the street and the inner façade. The strategy of ‘double face dwellings’ offers bright apartments with great spatial depth.