PARKS + OPEN SPACE
LOCATION Zurich CLIENT Vielmetter
Located on a sloping site in Zurich Switzerland, the project includes a non-chemical swimming pool. The program for the project was to provide a garden with a swimming pool and a spa, a sundeck and a cooking area. The project also includes a complete outdoor kitchen equipped with barbecue refrigerator, foodcenter, garbage container, and a dishwasher. To help expand the use of the space, climate is mitigated through the use of a pergola with retractable shading and the inclusion of infrared heating. Given the site’s orientation to adjacent roads and the dominant sloping topography, it was critical to devise a terracing scheme that was permanent, yet adaptable. An array of permanent concrete walls provide flattened terraces between the house and an adjacent street. These walls were conceived of as “sticks, falling from a hand”, are the dominant features on the site, suggesting a prior geology or archeology. As new spaces and programs emerge, more of these walls may be added to expand the garden in the future. Perpendicular to the concrete walls, are less permanent gabion basket walls. These modular retention systems may be moved and reused as the garden evolves. Wetland and bog plants thrive in the mini-wetlands, including cattails, iris, rushes, sedges, and water lilies. These plants are a vital part of the natural water cleaning system, which also includes carbon filters, much as may be found in an aquarium.