Zurich, 2010. International Project Competition, 1st Prize

Architecture: Baumann Roserens Architects, Zurich.
Client: City of Zurich.

@ Grün Stadt Zürich

Video Pfingstweidpark March 2015

Video construction Pfingstweidpark Zurich November 2014

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The 1,5 ha site is located in a former industrial district, between the dry railway tracks and the Limmat River. While the ground level of the areas surrounding the site had been artificially raised by 3m during industrialization, the level of the former Pfingst-weide (Pentecost pasture) remained. This topographic feature serves as an identifying element, being the park conceived as a “sunken garden”. A sunken garden,” as historic park typology originated in England, which evokes an allegory of paradise through use of green hollows, typically including a body of water.

@ Grün Stadt Zürich / Marc Werien

The heart of the park is inspired by the mixed oak forest pasture which remained in use until modern times for shepherds to feed their cattle at Pentecost. In contrast, the modulated edges are articulated through retaining walls, terraced embankments and stairs, integrating grills, swings, slides and water features: A “wild” frame with rough character, a changing space where little is defined. The modulated edge zone functions as a transitional zone and forms a frame, in which animals and plants can discover their new environment.

Within the context of intensive transformation of Zurich, the theme of city stratification/erosion and the idea of a possible closed circle where demolished materials could be reused was implemented in the construction. The aesthetic potential of reusing this materials was explored. A new interpretation of concrete was tested in the 200m wall embedding pieces of old fundaments, the ecological potential of the gravel substrate from the demolished station roofs being integrated within the embankments, are examples of such explorations.

Pfingstweid Park in Zürich-West (opening 05.09.2015)

Competition 1st Prize 2010. Project 2015