How to create ‘home’ in a newly constructed overspill town in the agglomeration of a big city?
How to still plant vegetation volumes, even if no natural soil under the roots exists?
How to integrate all technical requirements and infrastructures without losing spatial qualities?
What does a contemporary urban garden in a densified city look like?
These questions of contemporary landscape architecture needed to be addressed here. The parameters were extremely limiting, yet the result was expected to be self-evident and easy to impropriate. Therefore, the concept is driven by the strategy of integration and superposition.
“Jardin Dufaux”项目是苏黎世附近扩展城市开发的一部分。建筑的U形——由总体规划给出——创造了两种不同类型的开放空间：天井和路边。这一概念的主要推动力是两个问题：如何为这座“卫星城”的未来居民创造一种身份，以及如何对建设屋顶花园这一当代主题做出明智的反应。天井是新建结构的核心。这是一个私密但坚固的城市花园，可用于多种用途。地面的调制采用地块的自然倾角。通过引入水平面，庭院可以分为临时区和休息区。同时，调制产生足够的土壤体积，以允许植被生长。采用浮雕和不同粒度，如彩色沥青（移动区域）、碎石（保留区域）和细砾石（休息区域），庭院的规模是不同的。植被的概念受到该地区特色森林类型学的启发：“Föhren Birkenbruchwald”。庭院的中心是一大片树木，吸引人们在阴影中玩耍或休息。一群桦树形成了一个过滤器，限制了邻近建筑背面的空间。种植不同数量的观赏草创造了一个亲密的花园区域。
The project ‘Jardin Dufaux’ is a fragment of an extended urban development near Zurich. The U-shape of the building – given by the masterplan – creates two different typologies of open spaces: the patio and the street side. The main impulses for the concept were two questions: How to create an identity for the future residents of this “satellite-city” and how to react cleverly to the contemporary topic of building roof gardens. The patio is the heart of the newly built structure. It is an intimate but robust urban garden that can be used manifold. The modulation of the ground adopts the natural inclination of the parcel. By introducing horizontal surfaces the courtyard can be structured into transitory zones and zones for rest. At the same time the modulation generates enough volume of soil to allow the vegetation to grow. Implementing reliefs and varying grain sizes, such as coloured asphalt (moving area), crushed rock (retention areas), and fine gravel (resting areas), the scale of the courtyard is differentiated. The concept of the vegetation is inspired by the characteristic forest typology of the area: the ‘Föhren-Birkenbruchwald’. A strong volume of trees forms the centre of the courtyard inviting people to play or rest in the shadow. A group of Betulas forms a filter and limits the space towards the backside of the neighbouring building. The plantation of different volumes of ornamental grasses creates an intimate garden area.
The courtyard is a place to play, meet or retreat. The gravelled grove, the squares, the rooms inside the vegetation volumes, the movable furniture, and the spotlights allow the residents to experience the seasons.
Landscape architect: mavo Landschaften
Other design firms involved: architecture by neff neumann architekten ag
Project location: Opfikon Glattbrugg, Switzerland
Design year: Competition 2011, 1. Prize ( as vi.vo. architecture. Landscape), Design 2012 – 2014
2014 – 2015