KISS Residential Development Zurich, Switzerland Housing, Building Project, Property Design
K.I.S.S. Residential Development Zurich
New Housing in Switzerland, Europe – by Evolution Design, Architects
23 Aug 2016
K.I.S.S. Residential Development Zurich Housing
Architects: Evolution Design
K.I.S.S. Residential Development in Zurich
The demand for identity and individuality in the rental market has massively increased in the last years, therefore the main aim was to create a low-cost rental development that targets young people by going beyond the functionality and meeting their growing needs for expressing their individuality and plurality.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
K.I.S.S. is a bold residential development of 46 maisonettes that are very different from the usual white-wall single-story Swiss rental apartments. By offering tenants the choice of three different apartment typologies – funky, industrial and classic – K.I.S.S. responds to the future tenant needs for distinct apartments, which suit their individuality and lifestyle.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
K.I.S.S. is a residential development with 46 apartments on 1-7 floors and some commercial areas on the ground floor.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The building works started in April 2009 and finished in July 2012. Location: Zurich, Switzerland.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
K.I.S.S. has received a Minergie certification. The ecological heating system uses a geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling. The structure was developed to enable long-term flexibility. This allows for an easy interconnection of individual apartments. The facades are insulated with 25 cm insulation. A special stucco render with 5 layers gives a special effect of shifting colors. All window frames are angled in different directions to create light reflections, adding a feeling of movement.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
K.I.S.S. consists of 8 floors above ground level and two floors of underground parking. The total apartment floor area is 4’800 m2 and the total commercial area is 700 m2.
An intensive market research of the area, its infrastructure, its typical employees and their income class was conducted. This knowledge, together with the anticipated future changes in society (Sinus-Milieu Model), helped classifying potential customers of similar lifestyles and perceptions into three specific target groups. As a result, three different apartment typologies were designed to meet their needs.
In order to meet the needs of future tenants for the different spaces and atmospheres but at the same time to keep the building costs low to appeal to a younger market segment, readily available technologies and materials were maximally used in the development of K.I.S.S. Exposed concrete, stainless steel, resin flooring, plywood paneling and bespoke graffiti are a few elements that created the individual look of each apartment, yet are affordable materials to use.
Having gained many years of international experience in the architectural offices of Nicholas Grimshaw in London and Renzo Piano in Paris, in 1995 Stefan Camenzind founded the architectural studio Camenzind Evolution which has evolved into a partnership with Russian born architect Tanya Ruegg. The studio has grown to 20 architects today and was renamed to Evolution Design in 2015. Evolution Design are the designers of the extraordinary workplace designs of the Google Offices in Dublin, Tel Aviv, Zurich, Moscow, Oslo & Stockholm, and have also created and designed outstandingly unique and innovative workplace solutions for easyCredit, PwC, Unilever, Credit Suisse and other renowned companies. They celebrate a user inclusive design approach using psychological research methods to create work environments, which suit peoples personalities, match their senses, energize their bodies and stimulate people to be creative and help reaching their best potential.
Winner – K.i.s.s. Residential Development Residential Development by Evolution Design is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2015-16.
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