Niderfeld, 2013. Non-anonymous Commissioned study.

Architecture: Helsinki Zürich Architekten, Zürich
Client: City of Dietikon

Niderfeld is a large area of approximately 40 hectares located in the City of Dietikon, one of the last remaining large undeveloped areas in the fast growing Metropolitan area of Zürich. Its study pretends to explore  the planning strategy to allocate future urban settlements and a central and generous green space of about 8 hectares. The vision is to create a high-quality urban mixed-use Quarter along the new planned light-rail connection

The region is characterized by large agricultural fields in combination with other related spaces. They provide different atmospheres and perceptions resulting  in a uniform field. The landform of the site becomes an important feature to reveal its potential. A curved line defines a terrain edge, which allows wide views onto the wooded hills in the south of Niederfeld, at the same time that presents the Teischlibach water stream running at a lower topographical situation through the central space creating a valuable green axis.
Furthermore, to increase the connection to the local landscape the project evokes some of the unique and beautiful forest mosaic from Rörimoos in Heitersberg, a nearby forest, where the Teischlibach water stream springs. The trees adopt a new interpretation expressed in careful arrangements and densities. On the other hand an internal ‘Ring’ connects the three differentiated proposed neighborhoods.

“The field” represents a unity in diversity, which depicts the history of the site and provides the context for its future urban development. The perception of vegetation, topography and the water landscape of the village form a clear framework for the vision of the future Niederfeld as a new part of the urban Dietikon. The Niderfeld as a piece of the city where the street space is just as important as the Park and where various neighbourhoods can be recognized by different city characters.

Urban planning City Development Niederfeld, Dietikon

Study 2015