The countdown on the website of the builder, which indicates the beginning of the construction site at Pilgerbrunnen in Zurich, has started and the clock is ticking constantly. The structural engineers of Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer are looking forward to plan and realise the new project of the Evangelischer Frauenbund Zürich next to the award-winning Schlotterbeck Areal. The Evangelischer Frauenbund Zürich is a social association, which campaigns for rights of women and children, and builds in Zurich Wiedikon a replacement for the existing buildings. The new building project contains different utilisation as children’s home, day-care facility for children and small, cost-efficient accommodation. All the different utilisations are placed on different floors of the new five-story building.
The project called “Fuchur” was designed by the working partnership Müller Sigrist Architekten / Güntensperger Baumanagement from Zurich supported by Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer and won the architectural competition. The jury underlined in final report, that the project fits very well in the urban planning of the area and has in addition an atmospheric and sustainable design, while fulfilling all the functional demands.
The structure of the building is designed as reinforced concrete structure with walls and columns, which fulfils precisely all demands of the different utilisations. Even a future conversion of the utilisation from an accommodation storey to a children’s home storey is possible with this very solid and nevertheless cost-efficient structural design.
Everyone in the project team hopes, that Fuchur (in English: Falkor), the dragon of the Neverending Story, who lend his name to the design, may also bring good luck to the project and to the future users and residents of the building.