Residential area Freilager Zürich

A milestone in swiss timber construction: three long buildings with six levels at the Freilager Zürich with swiss wood.

The three long buildings at the former Freilager site in Zurich represent a milestone in timber construction: they illustrate that timber can be a competitive choice in major projects. The architects’ chosen ground plan typology proved ideally suited to construction using timber elements. The hundred-fold repetition of the same elements made timber highly competitive – both financially and in terms of build time.

Jean-Claude Maissen, CEO Zürcher Freilager AG
I like building with timber. It is an exciting discipline, from design through to construction and subsequent operation. A timber construction lives – differently. Jean-Claude Maissen, CEO Zürcher Freilager AG
Project ownerZürcher Freilager AG
Total contractorAllreal Generalunternehmung AG
ArchitectRolf Mühlethaler Architekt BSA SIA
EngineeringIndermühle Bauingenieure GmbH
Year2013 – 2015
ConstructionTimber construction
Service Renggli AGTimber construction
AwardPrix Lignum 2018 Bronze

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Photos: Zeljko Gataric, Zürich