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Zurich is a Problem with the blue houses

city picture, no. 008 When we have learned in this century is anything, it's this: Anyone can be a Star, and almost everyone wants to drum it quickly becomes loud. You must therefore have an understanding for the Zurich authorities, which it was eventually too much. Because while playing their Hyper-individuality on Youtube and Instagram, do it other in the city. You can build colorful houses, the one to yell at. As the guardians of the aesthetic order and peace realized what came bearing down on them, they got the color Koller.

Zurich is out of the Tradition bull. While other cities painted in previous centuries, the facades and half-timbered, with strong colors, put it here, on natural plaster. That's why Zurich is monotonous, but not a gray city, as many people think. The dominant sound is the one the Locals "bäääsch" say – what the thing is picturesque, even if the "sand color" sounds nice. Beige is the colour of the curtains in the apartment, the chain-Smoking aunt ends. Discreet niffy. Even the bricks have been in Zurich a yellow tinge.

This color before coming to Zurich facades most frequently (as of 2010). Image: color-space city

we know, because the authorities could capture ten years ago, due to impending saturation infestation, the color profile of this city meticulously. House for house. You wanted to be able to explain what is meant when the law requires a good arrangement of buildings in their environment. A member of the Baukollegiums, of the expert Council, in Beauty, in warned, mutatis mutandis, the splash of color under the Zurich houses were often self-farts of builders or artists and contribute nothing to the identity of this city. As the Corpus Delicti, he showed a bright blue house.

Blue Zurich houses usually only if they are wrapped up for Renovation in the plastic network.

That is remarkable. When a color stands for Zurich's identity, it is Beige for sure, but Blue. Nevertheless, the Zurich houses usually are blue, if you are wrapped up for Renovation in the plastic network. Apart from commercial buildings, Where the color is due to the signal effect the fourth most common.

blue ABZ settlement in Wollishofen. Image: Reto Oeschger

it would also be buildings for residential, in the shows behind meisterhof of Wollishofen, where for nearly a hundred years, the sky-blue houses of the ABZ-are cooperative. Witnesses of a time when architects for the workers ways out of the grey misery were looking for. Most of the other examples are more recent: the Hotel Greulich in Aussersihl, where the artist Jean Pfaff missed a petrol blue paint emphasizes the elegant curved facade. The Pflegi-Building at the Römerhof, the artist Adrian Schiess-painted across the Board. Or that old building in Wiedikon, where the particular color refers to a special story: The residents have bought the house once, out of necessity a speculator and the cooperative worm-founded.

Since 2003, striking blue: The Hotel Greulich. Image: TA

Still, we should probably be grateful, if the exceptions remain. Our love to the züriblauen Trams stirred Yes, you seem to be boring in terms of the Background, so serene. The houses were blue, we would have to cancel the Trams beige – and no one needs really.

The column "city" is dedicated to all of the many things that have made it in Zurich in a public space is cozy and our image of this city to shape – for Good or for Bad. She always appears in the middle of the week.

Created: 20.11.2019, 15:26 PM

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