The cooperative residential district of Am Katzenbach is traversed lengthwise by two streets and thus divided urbanistically into three distinct bands. Whereas the buildings of phases I and II were positioned to offer visual connections perpendicular to the district streets, the buildings of phase III are more freely placed within private yards as a result of the pattern of comparatively small plots.
The residential buildings of phases IV and V ultimately form an urban edge to Katzenbach Park in the north. They consist of a series of stereometrically related forms that adapt to the varying plot depths and take their shape in response to internal spatial needs and conditions. Inside the apartments, the residential spatial figures develop from these polygonal exterior shapes, the corner loggias, and the rectangular rooms. The corner loggias face south and also establish a relationship to the park.
From the street, multiple views into the park are afforded through the buildings, variously opening and closing in the perception of passers-by. With their dark facade cladding of red-brown glazed ceramic tiles, the buildings stand out from the park’s greenery.
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.