Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Urban Composition in Niderfeld, Dietikon, Switzerland by KUBOTA & BACHMANN ARCHITECTS
February 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
URBAN COMPOSITION Not every accumulation of buildings is as city. A building is a piece of puzzle and has its place in the master plan.
THE NEW NIDERFELD In order to improve the district’s performance, the future identity of Niderfeld shall be developed gradually and reflect the district’s diversity. Wherever required by the districts’ identity, leading principles shall govern the arrangement, the volumetry as well as the formation. This regards the housing, the landscape and public space.Concerning the urban development and architecture, conditions shall be set that motivate the residents to lead a sustainable lifestyle. The objective to allow Niderfeld a multiple identity is achieved by the interaction of different development scenarios. To honor those identities, a multidimensional public space surrounds the buildings. By promoting a differentiated social as well as urban development, those measures will ensure Niderfelds’ success. Not every accumulation of buildings constitutes a city in itself. To create a harmonious overall concept contributing to the districts’ identity, every building has to be understood as part of an urban master plan. Thus, the development process takes account of the existing buildings and integrates it in the big picture. The typological diversity of the concept and the gradual development facilitate the integration of existing structures (i.e. the Grabacher building). The development may respect individual needs of real estate owners and start from out different places. Through the intended ecological efforts, Niderfeld meets future environmental standards. The concept incorporates possible changes of sociological and demographical nature and adaptation is possible in the course of time. The multi-story car parks might be converted given that they are built above ground. Buildings and their façades might be produced out of wood. So instead of emitting carbon, it will be sequestrated in the building material. Roofs shall either serve as vegetation surface or be equipped with solar panels. Bioclimatic zones and winter garden regulate the temperature differences and reduce noise annoyance. An attractive, divers and flexible environment attracts cultural, social and infrastructural investments which in return will be appreciated by local residents desiring to stay in the district, to act and to communicate. Dwelling, commercial, cultural and industrial zones are mixed throughout the whole area. People with different lifestyles will be approached systematically: traditional families, patchwork families, students, high earners, childless couples, single mothers, working singles, single women in leading positions, apartment- sharing senior citizens, life communities in different compositions, short-term residents, people of all cultural backgrounds and social classes. That social mix will create a balance between fluctuation and sedentariness and finally have an identitycreating effect for the district. Niderfeld has the potential to attract Zurich residents desiring to escape the expensive city rental market while nevertheless enjoying a high-quality urban life.
Thanks to its local commerce and its excellent transport connection, Niderfeld is best-placed to meet these challenges.
Different types of accomodation depending on the demand and quality standard (loft, studio flat, house and luxury appartment…)
Demographic and social mutations
The public transport junction should be Dietikon’s point of reference, a symbol and serving the city’s commercial and functional needs.
Improve the attractivity of public space by promoting the means of security, vitality and quality.
Multi-storey parking lots above ground in order to create free ground offering new opportunities as green space and public meeting points
Living on the terrace
Panoramic view of Parc Niderfeld with sunset. As many inhabitants as possible should have the opportunity to live on the terrace/balcony enjoying the sun. Bioclimatic zone
We create zones with higher temperature with help of winter gardens. These are especially suited for people which need a warmer climate for different reasons. The design also reduces the heat demand in the attached buildings. Living in the forest
We try to use sustainable grown wood as much as possible in our project. The reason is simple: Wood, if harvested in the right way is a renewable material and each tonne of wood has around 0.5 tonne of carbon, relating to around 1.7 tonnes of CO2. So instead of emitting carbon we sequestrate it in our building materials. The same principle applies to the use of trees as a noise reduction measure, shading in summer and part of a balanced outdoor environment. These measures could also have great impact on wildlife and biodiversity. Night lighting
connecting Dietikon’s trainstation and Niderfeld so that pedestrians and cyclists have a safe way home.
Kubota Toshihiro 1976 Born in Ibaraki, Japan. 2000 Receives diploma in architecture-interior from Creapôle-ESDI, Paris, France. 2000 Starts working freelance; founder of TKA, Paris, France. 2000 Starts collaboration with the architectural office of Ateliers Jean NOUVEL (AJN), Paris, France. 2002 First prize in the competition Copenhagen concert hall, Denmark in collaboration with AJN. 2003 First prize in the competition Metz Pompidou center Museum, France in collaboration with Shigeru BAN. 2004 First prize in the competition Geneva CEVA 5 train station, Switzerland in collaboration with AJN. 2005 Grand prix in the competition The Seoul Performing Arts Center, South Korea. 2005 Founder of elephant office, Paris, France. 2006 Invited in the competition The Seoul Performing Arts Center, South Korea second phase. 2006 Second prize in the competition The Seoul Performing Arts Center, South Korea second phase. 2007 Ateliers Jean NOUVEL (AJN) has appointed Toshihiro KUBOTA as design partner. 2007 First prize in the competition Paris Philharmonic, France in collaboration with AJN. 2009 Participation in the consultation Grand Paris, France in collaboration with AJN. 2010 First prize in the competition Europan 10, Dietikon, Switzerland. 2010 Short-List Tenders in the competition Maritine Center and Pop Music Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2010 Founder of office Kubota & Bachmann Architects_GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland 2011 Honorable Mention prize in the competition Maritine Center and Pop Music Center second Phase, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Yves Bachmann 1975 Born in Zürich, Switzerland 1997 Receives diploma as a draftsman in Bern, Switzerland 2001 Receives diploma in architecture from Fachhochschule Burgdorf, Bern, Switzerland 2001 Starts working for Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN), Paris, France 2001 First prize in competition Richemont Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland, for AJN 2002 Assistant project manager Tower Frankfurt, Germany for AJN 2003 Project manager Al Wabra Wildlive Preservation, Qatar, for AJN 2004 Starts working for Iria Degen Interiors, Zürich, Switzerland 2004 Competition Novartis Staff and Guest Restaurant Renovation, Basel, Switzerland, for IDI 2004 Competition Globus Löwenplatz Renovation, Zürich, Switzerland for IDI 2004 Design development Globus Löwenplatz, Restaurant Renovation, Zürich, Switzerland, for IDI 2004 Competition gymnasium AU, Switzerland 2005 Project management Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa, for IDI 2006 Competition Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland 2006 Enters in the executive board of IDI 2006 – 2010 Attending to several Projects for IDI 2010 First prize in the competition Europan 10, Dietikon, Switzerland 2010 Short-List Tenders in the competition Maritine Center and Pop Music Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2010 Founder of office Kubota & Bachmann Architects_GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland 2011 Honorable Mention prize in the competition Maritine Center and Pop Music Center second Phase, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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