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Space for clean and peaceful tenant

Integration is now also in Housing is the buzzword. Old, families, people with disabilities, social assistance covers gullies and same-sex couples should, if possible, live mix. Cooperatives to insist on a quota system. Inconceivable is the idea that the city of Zurich, propagated even 80 years ago, the Separation in a benevolent intention. Admittedly, it was other life circumstances.

before the gates of the centre of the square was Outside for all of that fell out of the Norm. Especially for those affected by the economic crisis and repeated spells of unemployment. In the middle of the green Meadow, these "Unskilled, older or according to the disease reduces the working artisans should be able to" pursue, undisturbed, their simple life, was in the city. With specially pflanztem vegetables and the breeding of small animals you could keep himself above water, could improve their "away noticeably," wrote the city Council in 1939, in the corresponding instruction. Even today, the settlement is on the Northern edge of the city, a witness of this idea.

settlement for self-catering

Who goes along today the Aemmerliweg surprised at most of the large swing between the houses, the trees, missing fences and evaluates the houses with the brown, weathered facades as obsolete. For a Moment you imagine yourself abroad, to a Swiss car number plate.

The idea for the settlement comes from the architect Georg Seger. To speak her name, is today hardly more society compliant: pure unemployment and self-contained settlement, he called you. The city had purchased the Land in Auzelg beyond the railway line on the outskirts of Oerlikon and close to the Smooth located already.

The light collection was drier than the surrounding Shire – Zelg is also the medieval term for arable land is for and rail for self catering. In 1941, Seger 17 two-storey houses with almost 70 square feet of living space and an attached tuft finished the stand today. Belonged to any house of approximately 1500 square meters of green area, without fences or enclosures – for-the-common plowing. As a tenant, only city residents were, according to the instruction in question, the family had to be "clean and peaceful" and a piece of Land for farming. The concept of the first and only settlement of this type of work, the first harvest was profitable, the praise of anywhere big. There are not exactly those living models, in which many tendons still occasionally?

17 two-storey houses with almost 70 square feet of living space: The settlement in Auzelg.

Ten years later, more city dwellers moved into the area Auzelg, and since then, the area has a second, equally less-than-flattering Nickname: "Negro village". For children of families who could not afford the Rents in the downtown area, the city had close to the Seger-settlement Land forcibly expropriated. In terraced houses with scarce reason the city cracks off, you should fulfill the dream of home ownership. The equipment was simple, the bathroom in the basement. 18 rows of houses provided space for 550 children and 300 adults, in between, in turn, a lot of open space. With the high-rise building in the centre, a Shop and a day care centre, the settlement has a village character.

green island

Architecturally, the settlement comes more modern. Wood is the predominant Material. In the coloring, the architects oriented themselves to the colleagues in the high North. "We were fully met by the Swedish architecture, although we were never themselves in Sweden", the architect Claude Paillard in the book "Children's world" quote. The color for the boorish façade boards had to import from the North.

Today, the green island is penned in on the edge of town between the highway, the power plant Aubrugg and the incineration plant, Hagen wood, the area is well connected by Tram to the airport. The residents don't mind. Who has become once settled down, I do not want to. Anyone who grew up here, comes back. The city wants to preserve this Idyll, and that is commendable. The residential area has been renovated already, this year, the houses on the Aemmerliweg turn.

The weekly column "building zone" is dedicated to the many unusual, exciting, ugly, or somehow slanted houses that are everywhere in the Canton of Zurich. All of the about a hundred previously published articles, you will find a construction zone (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 30.04.2019, 10:58 PM

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