© Roland Bernath
- Architects: Studio Vulkan Landscape Architecture
- Location: Pfingstweidstrasse 94, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
- Lead Architects: EM2N Architects, Zurich; Studio Vulkan Landscape Architecture, Zurich
- Area: 2600.0 m2
- Project Year: 2014
- Photographs: Roland Bernath, Filip Dujardin, Noemi Chow, Daniela Valentini, Roland Tännler
- Engineering: Walt + Galmarini AG, Zurich
- Client: Allreal Generalunternehmung AG, Zurich
Text description provided by the architects. Density, urbanity and exciting intensity – 30 metres above ground in Zurich West. On the roof garden of the new University of the Arts on the site of the former Toni factory, the outdoor space creates a green oasis for students in an area where there has been a surge of new high-rises, technical buildings, chimneys, atriums and concert halls.
Here, plants grow in wooden boxes stacked to create a pixel-like rugged landscape. It
Eventually, the boxes will decay, the plant species will mix and the pixelated landscape will grow into soft mounds, forming the roof’s base soil layer that will enable plant growth. This specific system and strong identity is the result of a careful study of the location and the envisaged intense level of use from the beginning, combined with the availability of water on the roof, short construction period and architectural limits on structural height. As a symbiosis of nature and artificiality, the rugged world of stacked pixels reflects the place and the environment. Here, the much-cited processuality of landscape architecture has been reversed: the process begins at the apparent end – with decay.
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