Hill Side

Apartment Development

Zurich

Hill Side

Birmensdorferstrasse 578

8005 Zurich

Switzerland 

 

PROJECT:

Apartments Floor Area: 3'300m2

Building Volume: 20'500 m3

Completion:  2010

 

SERVICES:

  • Research & Brief Development
  • Full Architectural Services for Building-Design and Design for Outside-Space

Situated on the outskirts of Zurich, Hill Side is a development of four apartment buildings housing 28 apartments in total. Located at the foot of Uetliberg, Hill Side is flanked by forest and offers a panoramic view of the town and lake.

Each apartment was individually designed with distinct floor plans and balconies that differ in size. Balconies are positioned irregularly across the façade, maximising natural light and the volume of outdoor space while also ensuring more privacy. 

The building’s design was inspired by the nearby forest. Exteriors are clad in vertical wooden veneer panels of different width, reflecting the diversity of the forest’s trees. The balconies, which are supported by the vertical cladding structure, resemble tree houses held up by tree trunks. The irregular structure of the façade gives the building a natural feel that minimises its volume and allows it to blend into its surroundings.