Michael Meier und Marius Hug Architekten: Bellariarain residential development - best architects 22 in Gold

Michael Meier und Marius Hug Architekten

Bellariarain residential development

best architects 22 in Gold

multi-family homes


Zurich, Switzerland


Markus Bertschi und Roman Keller


Based on the urban master plan, a residential estate with a distinct identity is being created along the Bellariarain. The elongated residential buildings are staggered and their integration into an overall scheme with a strong topographical reference are anchored in the neighbourhood and in the residential park in terms of scale. The landscaping is a contemporary interpretation of Gustav Ammann’s residential park with regard to design and function and takes up the pathways from the neighbourhood, allowing residents to experience the landscape on different paths. A continuous and connecting «ribbon of encounter» follows the topography of the residential park with its forest of trees. Generous, high-quality meeting zones open up the buildings in the main entrance areas. The eight residential buildings accentuate the elevated location on the moraine hill and the visual reference to the landscape with Lake Zurich and its lakeshore with the Alpine panorama through their slightly radial arrangement and their carefully staggered volumetry. The 124 flats in the elongated buildings are standard affordable flats, while 48 flats in the point houses provide upmarket rental units. The building envelope is uniformly designed as a compact façade clad with dark ceramic tiles and a horizontal structure with curtain-type concrete elements.