+ Project description by TOPOTEK 1
The Heerenschürli sports facility, one of the largest in Zurich, is located between a nature reserve, a highway crossing, residential housing and large-scale industrial buildings. It will be thoroughly restructured to cater to the changing and expanding demands of sports and leisure activities. A compact, extremely popular sporting world with twelve football fields and one for baseball are integrated with three buildings: an ice-rink, a locker-room building and a workshop.
The playing fields are all surrounded by high fences, giving the sports arena its architectural status and urban poignancy. The fences form diverse spatial sequences mediated along a simple path layout. The determinant connecting function of the orthogonal path axes is interwoven with the sensuality of sport and connected with the spatial and functional core of the complex over a series of rows of trees, avenues and accent-setting groves. The overlapping transparency of the fences creates a unique visual dynamism which is further amplified by the materials used in their construction: the two-ply, wire-mesh walls in various green tones produce a moiré effect which makes the overlapping of the various spatial layers a part of the mise-en-scene of the relationship between athletes and spectators.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Sports Facility Heerenschürli, Zurich
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Client: GrünStadt Zürich
Architecture: Dürig Architekten AG
Landscape: TOPOTEK 1 | http://topotek1.de/
Planning: 2005 – 2008
Size: 9,7 ha
Photography: © Hanns Joosten
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The task central to our office is the design of urban open spaces. Based on a critical understanding of immanent realities, the search for conceptual approaches leads us to decided statements concerning the urban context.
Throughout design, planning, and construction we offer solutions for independent new parks, squares, sports-grounds, courtyards and gardens, whose designs answer to contemporary requirements for variability, communication and sensuality. The manifold experiences through a broad spectrum of German and international projects meanwhile capacitate an efficient realization, finely tuned to respective ecessities.
BACKGROUND; TOPOTEK 1 is a landscape architecture studio that specializes in the design and construction of unique urban open spaces. Founded by Martin Rein-Cano in 1996, the studio’s roster of German and international projects has ranged in scale from the master plan to the private garden. Each project strives to respond to site conditions and programmatic necessities with a compelling concept, high quality of design and efficient implementation.
HOW WE WORK; In the early stages of a project, the design teams search for conceptual approaches based on a critical understanding of the task. With digital drawing and physical models we test, revise, and communicate the initial design intent.
TOPOTEK 1 often collaborates with other creative consultants such as artists, lighting designers, and video programmers, and to enrich the experiential potential of a project. In parallel, we work closely with technical consultants such as civil and traffic engineers early in the design process to integrate site solutions with design innovation consistently throughout the project.
All construction drawings are done in-house to the highest professional and environmental standards. As a project is transferred from the design team to the construction team, the project leader for design continues oversight of drawings, specifications and design revisions. This link ensures that the original conceptual intent stays intact throughout implementation.
Martin Rein-Cano was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He studied art history at Frankfurt University and landscape architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Karlsruhe. He trained in the office of Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz in San Francisco, and has worked with the office of Gabi Kiefer in Berlin. In 1996, the TOPOTEK 1 office was founded.
Martin Rein-Cano has taught as a guest professor in Europe and North America. He has lectured internationally at a variety of universities and cultural institutions, and often serves as a member of design competition juries.
Lorenz Dexler was born in Darmstadt in 1968. He studied landscape architecture at Hannover Technical University. After working at the office of Prof. Günther Nagel, Hannover and Wehberg and at Eppinger Schmittke in Hamburg, he began his collaboration with TOPOTEK 1 in 1996. In 1999, Dexler became a managing partner at the studio. He has lectured at a diversity of schools and institutions, and frequently serves on international design juries.
+ All images courtesy TOPOTEK 1 | Photo © Hanns Joosten
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