James

James Eingangshalle Frei v2
James Ortho

James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich, Switzerland, 2004–2007

These days, more than ten years after its completion, the James development is a vibrant part of the city – which it wasn't before. Almost twenty years ago, the 22’500 m2 site of LUWA Zellweger company was regarded as no man's land on the outskirts of Zurich. What a delight that our urban planning approach has proven to be so future-oriented.

 

05 Cowboya

Our design idea was simple: Three different structures should create nuanced outdoor spaces and address as many target groups as possible - families, singles, DINKs (double income - no kids), golden agers, but also young people looking for a room in a shared flat. The total of 283 apartments and 72 apartment types are distributed among 108 in the longhouse, 99 in the corner house and 76 in the high-rise.

James Aerni 3000
James Langhaus Frei 4000
James Eckhaus Frei 4000
James Hof
James Laundry
IMG 2199
James Badmintonhalle
James Halle 7 innen
James Wohnung Menschen 2000 1500
James Wohnung Langhaus
LW v2.108.08
LW.109.13
LW.109.07

A walk through the area shows a vibrant neighbourhood. Various small-scale businesses enliven the urban level.

The badminton hall and the boulder hall are two public institutions that have found a home here, ensuring that James is firmly anchored in the city

 

James Erdgeschoss v2
James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich 2004–2007. Ground floor plan in situation.
James Regelgeschoss v3
James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich 2004–2007. Standard floor plan.
James Wohnungstypologien v3
James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich 2004–2007. Ground floor plan in situation. The James floor plan typology: You will find 72 different apartment floor plans (layouts) to 283 apartment units.
Schnitt James Norwegerpulli v3
James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich 2004–2007. The longhouse. Longitudinal section. Norwegian pullover.
Querschnitt 1 v2
James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich 2004–2007. Corner house: Cross section. Cascade stairs.
Querschnitt 2 v2
James housing and commercial development - a pioneer. Zurich 2004–2007. Corner house: Cross section. Badminton hall.

Address
Flüelastrasse 21–27, 29, 31a–d, Anemonenstrasse 40 a–h, in 8047 Zurich, Switzerland

Study contract by invitation 2001 (two-stage procedure)

Ownership/ builder
Turintra AG c/o UBS Fund Management (Switzerland) AG

Spatial program
283 apartments, 6’400 m2 commercial

Architecture
Patrick Gmür

Project team
Michael Geschwentner (project management), Sven Fricker, Verena Jacob, Roland Frei, Isabel Bernhard (Huber), Lisa Obertausch, Silke Ebner, Susana Elias, Anette Höller, Roger Naegeli, Steffi Zgraggen, Alessandra Boggia, Sybille Besson, Julia Lang, Sonja Strickmann, Tina Ringelmann, Susanne Bartholomé, Carla Nocera, Thomas Taufer, Andreas Weiz, Barbara Ott, Jule Eppler, Sabine Herzog, Andrea Epper, Louise Tusch, Patrick Krecl, Peter Roesch