Freilager Complex Zurich

The planned conversion of a bonded-warehouse or Freilager site in Zürich Letzi raised the question of the re-usability of old warehouse buildings that were built for this purpose as storage halls of considerable depth. The original main building of the Zollfreiareal, the duty-free area, a more than a hundred-metre-long brick building, contains a load-bearing construction with impressive mushroom-shaped supports. The study on how to convert and add to the height combined the conservation and re-use of the concrete structure with a change of the grid on the upper floors, which was necessary for the new flats. In addition to a better light exposure, volumetric omissions made it possible to allot an outdoor room to each flat.

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In August 2012, Freilager ABCD was published by Park Books Verlag – an urban-planning study for the Freilager site and the projects of Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten. This newspaper complete with its magazine can be ordered from us by e-mail (arch@meilipeter.ch).

2013–2015 a total of about 1,000 rental flats will be built on the site of the former Zollfreilager, the bonded-warehouse area in Albisrieden. In the summer of 2004, the town of Zurich held three workshops in view of the urban development of the Letzi district. Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten were already then part of the project and, in 2010, elaborated an urban-planning concept along with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten and Buchhofer Barbe. Based on this concept, the private design plan was developed that has been in force since 2010.

Building projects according to sub-projects:

Part A
Rolf Mühlethaler Architekt, Bern (three longhouses and three towers)

Construction site A4
Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Zurich (WOKO – Student Housing)

Part C
Haratori Architekten, Zurich, and Wingender Hovenier Architekten, Amsterdam (three longhouses)

Part D
Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Zurich (adding storeys to the two original buildings) 

LOCATION:  Zurich

URBAN-PLANNING CONCEPT
AND DESIGN PLAN:
 2004–2010

PROJECT: 2008-2016

CLIENT: Freilager AG, Zurich

 

MEILI & PETER ARCHITEKTEN AG

 

MEILI, PETER ARCHITEKTEN:

Marcel Meili, Markus Peter

Elke Eichmann, Roman Pfister, Jürg Spaar, Romina Streffing, Daniel Streuli; 
Andreas Alber, Maike Basista, Jacqueline Gäbel,
Hartmut Göhler, Michael Grunitz, Jean Hartmann, Anne Kaestle, 
Christoph Mächler, Frauke Ries, Patrick Rinderknecht,
Jutta Romberg, Birgit Schwarz, Roland Siegel, Oliver Gosteli

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Site Management, Design: 
Andreas Glenck, bbbglenck, Küsnacht

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: 
Allreal Generalunternehmung AG, Zurich

OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE:
Brandenberger + Ruosch AG, Dietlikon

EXECUTION IN CO-OPERATION WITH:
Plan | Werk GmbH, Laufen

structural engineer:
Nänny+Partner AG, St. Gallen

BUILDING EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, BUILDING PHYSICS, ACOUSTICS: Amstein+Walthert AG, Zurich

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE:
Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zurich

 

publications

«Quartier Freilager - ein neuer Lebensraum für Zürich»
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architektur, bauen + handwerk zürich ostschweiz 20016/17

«Zürich weiter West»
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Hochparterre, Themenheft 11.2016

«Weiter - 10 Leitsätze zur Nachhaltigkeit im Städtebau in Zürich»
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Amt für Städtebau, Zürich 2013

«FREILAGER ABCD»

Park Books, 2012

Re-development plan, Freilager Albisrieden, 2010. The original buildings are located in Part D

Ground plan first floor

ground plan second floor

ground plan third floor

ground plan fourth floor

ground plan fifth floor

ground plan sixt floor

ground plan sevent floor

cross section

Views of the planned addition of storeys

corner apartments, first floor

apartments fourth floor

patio apartments, 4.-6. floor

Newspaper Freilager ABCD on the urban-planning study and magazine with all planned standard flat floors in the original buildings with the added storeys. Order by e-mail from arch@meilipeter.ch

Marktgasse

Zwischenbau mit Kindergarten im EG

Lower level apartment

Lower level apartment

lower level apartment

Lower level apartment

Lower level apartment

Upper level apartment

four types of apartments

façade patio apartments, 4.-6. floor

Historical picture of the storehouses with the legendary mushroom-shaped supports.
Source: Zürcher Freilager AG

Brasserie Freilager

Brasserie Freilager Bistro

Brasserie Freilager Restaurant

Original building with added storeys

Re-development plan, Freilager Albisrieden 2010

Historical picture of the Zollfreilager and its surroundings, 1930s

Plans of the original buildings by Pfleghard & Haefeli
Source: GTA Archiv, ETH Zurich: office estate of Pfleghard & Haefeli