The Brüggliäcker Housing Estate is located in the area between Oerlikon and Schwamendingen where a small-scale district of single-family homes meets the housing rows of Albert Steiner’s garden city. The three-story buildings adopt the height of their neighbors, and their staggered outdoor spaces interweave the new buildings with the green space of the surroundings. The full dimensions of the buildings’ overall figure cannot be grasped from any one position, helping to create a scale and intimacy appropriate to the neighborhood.
The apartment layouts are developed from alternating relationships to the exterior. With their open-plan living and dining rooms, the elongated apartments stretch between the two garden spaces and have exposures on at least two – or in the case of the end units, three – sides. Continuous outdoor rooms set in front of the east and west facades heighten the porosity between indoor and outdoor space. The usable floor area of the apartments is determined to a minimal degree, thus enabling a variety of living situations.
In 2011, the sustained collaboration between Baumberger & Stegmeier Architekten and Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten led to the founding of BS+EMI Architektenpartner AG in Zurich. Together, the six partners – Peter Baumberger, Karin Stegmeier, Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, Christian Inderbitzin and since January 2017 Phillip Türich – are engaged with large-scale housing projects, architectural competitions, and urban design studies. Both partner firms also continue to operate independently.