Residential ensemble in Zurich brings balance to its urban environment

As a large-scale urban figure, the new residential building in the “Maaghof City West” area in Zurich echoes the commercially grown structures of its surroundings. The Basel-based firm of architects Diener & Diener has designed the ten-storey building as part of a U-shaped structure around the large, publicly accessible Maaghof Park.

Dominant feature on all sides of the long block are light, sand-coloured brick slips (240 x 15 x 71 mm), which are fixed upright, in a half-brick offset stretcher bond and cover a total area of around 22 500 m². They lend the bulky volume lightness and, with their earthy, raw colour, blend calmly into the urban concept. The bricks vary in colour between light beige, buff and brown shades. Isolated slips show strong reddish-brown accents from the coal firing. Overall the brick façade appears as a continuous surface draped like a robe around the cubic structure.

Architects | Architekten

Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel, Schweiz

Photo | Foto

Hagemeister GmbH & Co. KG, Nottuln, Deutschland

Related articles:

Issue 4/2019

Metallically shimmering ceramic

In the Danish town of Ishoj, around 20 kilometres south-west of Copenhagen, an unusual residential estate has been completed. The complex designed by the two Copenhagen firms ONV Arkitekter and JAJA...

Issue 6/2018

Influence of the ceramic-related properties on the adhesive bond between brick slips and substructure material

The application of clay brick slips on façade surfaces is to be facilitated with a simplified specification. Basis for this are research findings with brick slips mortared directly onto rendered or...

Issue 7-8/2012

System for laying brick slips and clay pavers from WKB Systems

The plant supplier presented the prototype of a robot system for laying brick slips and clay pavers. The robot can lay all commercially available brick slip sizes, at a rate of more than 1100 brick...

Issue 8/2016

Water-struck brick slips – easy production in a DB-Multi

In this talk, a solution devised by Petersen/De Boer for the direct wet production of brick slips will be explained. With this solution, material loss is minimized or eliminated completely, in...

Issue 5/2017

Vandersanden and Joseph Bricks join forces

On 21 August 2017, Vandersanden signed an agreement with Wim Heylen and Matthieu van den Berg, the founders of Joseph Bricks, to add Joseph Bricks to its family of Belgian companies. The Vandersanden...