EM2N - Switzerland
Zurich University of the Arts
Reorganisation of  'Toni Areal'
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
2005 - 2014

On the Toni-Areal a former milk-processing factory is to be transformed into a platform for education, culture and living. Within the urban development of the district and within the transition of Switzerland’s university landscape the Toni-Areal represents a central building block. We assume that this is primarily an urban planning and a programmatic problem. Our design proposes tackling this sizable project – a built structure almost the size of an entire neighbourhood – with a kind of inner urbanism. On the outside the existing system of ramps is read as a vertical boulevard and reinterpreted as the main circulation. Inside, inner addresses are created that locate individual functions like buildings in the city. To create an open framework we work with different degrees of precision, scales and tonalities and with a range extending from huge public spaces to intimate private ones. The building as city, the city as building. (Text by EM2N)