Renovation old townhouse Oberdorfstrasse, Zurich 2022

  • Building: Old townhouse
  • Year of construction: 13th century
  • Client: Private
  • Assignment: Monument conservation renovation
  • Services: Planning and realization
  • Project handling: Christine Hotz Steineman, Rosina Hurter

The old townhouse on the corner of Oberdorfstrasse and Scheitergasse, halfway between Rämistrasse and Grossmünster, is situated in a prominent corner site within Zurich's old town. The noble location is also expressed inside in the bright corner room, which is richly decorated with a baroque wall and ceiling panelling. A wall painting, which is dated to pre-Reformation times, is located on the firewall to the adjacent room and shows an exotic bird in a vine motif.

The major challenge in this construction project was to enable a timely restoration, taking into account the historically relevant finds, the demands on statics and fire protection, the limited access possibilities and the tight space conditions on site.

Photography: Reto Cortesi

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