Carbonized spruce dress

Residential development Escherpark in Zurich-Enge

A facade of carbonized spruce characterizes the residential buildings in Zurich-Enge. The facade reacts to how the internal rooms are used with partly moving elements and different slat spacing.

An attractive garden does not simply appear overnight. It usually takes many years until the freshly planted trees and shrubs in new residential complexes have grown enough to achieve the desired effect. But things are different at the Escherpark residential complex in Zurich-Enge: the eleven replacement buildings were constructed around a beautiful old copse. The huge and partially protected trees inspired Zurich architect firm E2A Architekten to create a richly varied wooden facade. Today, carbonized spruce clads the four or five storey buildings and naturally ties them in with the park-like surroundings.

The versatility of the storey-high facade elements allows them to react to how the rooms behind them are used. There are three design variants: fixed elements with regular spacing between the vertical wooden slats provide privacy and protection from the sun whilst allowing the occupants to see through – these are installed in front of the loggia, kitchen and bathroom. In contrast, the slats are closed where wall surfaces are desirable. The third variant – movable folding/sliding shutters whose slats have a narrower spacing – can be used to react to the need for light, shade, view and privacy in front of living room and bedroom windows. A total of 551 folding/sliding shutters of 1.16 m x 2.79 m was installed. They run on a special solution of HAWA-Frontfold 20 hardware.


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E2A Architekten ETH BSA SIA AG
Piet Eckert and Wim Eckert
Hardturmstrasse 76
CH-8005 Zurich

Jaloumatic AG
Alte Bahnhofstr. 24
CH-5612 Villmergen

Building owner
Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund Siat

Kurfirstenstrasse / Brunaustrasse / Scheideggstrasse
CH-8002 Zurich

Year of construction
2007 – 2015

Special solution for HAWA-Frontfold 20

Hardware system for wood, metal or aluminium folding sliding shutters (inset or overlay mounting). The shutters can be folded together and placed sideways at an angle of 90° to the front of the window.

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