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Im Birch School

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Peter Märkli
location Zurich
function education, primary school, secondary school
contributed by Axel_Simon

Peter Märkli demonstrates that 'big' does not necessarily mean 'anonymous' but can also stand for 'dense'. With a length of 250 metres, this school in Zurich is quite a hunk. Even so, it fits into the scale of the former industrial district and can be taken in at a glance. Two four-storey volumes, slightly staggered, face each other. The third volume contains the gym, one of the biggest in town. Despite the stateliness and severity, there is never a feeling of monumentality. This comes from the scale of the building's volumes, for Märkli is a master of proportion; the vertical texture of the concrete articulates all of the façades, and the uppermost strip, forming the edge of the roof, recedes slightly. This prevents the corners of the building from appearing apart from the top. Märkli applies this knowledge completely naturally, even though it is no longer familiar today. The slight shifts that distinguish his work therefore keep being seen as a lack of precision.

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Im Birch School
Margrit-Rainer-Strasse 5
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Completion 2004
ArchitectPeter Märkli
project managerChristof Ansorge
associate architectGody Kühnis
artistHans Josephsohn
project managerJakob Frischknecht
landscape designerZulauf Seippel Schweingruber
Client City of Zurich
Project ID 1371
Latitude/Longitude 47°24'57N 08°32'25E
Contributed by Axel_Simon
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