Hill Side

Hill Side

residential architecture apartments

Situated at the foot of Uetliberg, Hill Side is a development of four apartment buildings housing 28 apartments that offer panoramic views of Zurich and the lake.

Being located on the outskirts of Zurich, near a tranquil forest, the project was inspired by the surrounding landscape, the natural slope that the buildings occupy and views across the city.


Each apartment was individually designed with distinct floor plans and balconies that differ in size. Balconies are positioned irregularly across the façade, maximising natural light and the volume of outdoor space while also ensuring more privacy.

  • Location

    Birmensdorferstrasse 578

    Zurich, Switzerland

  • Client


  • Net floor area

    3.300 m2

  • Building volume

    20.500 m3

  • Project completed

The design of the buildings was inspired by the nearby forest. Exteriors are clad in vertical wooden veneer panels of different widths, reflecting the diversity of the forest’s trees. The balconies, which are supported by the vertical cladding structure, resemble tree houses held up by tree trunks. The irregular structure of the façade gives the building a natural feel that minimises its volume and allows it to blend into its surroundings.

Project team
Project Director

Stefan Camenzind

Project Lead

Otto Jungblut

Design Lead

Tanya Ruegg

Core Team

Otto Jungblut, Tanya Ruegg, Stefan Camenzind, Marco Noch


Peter Wuermli

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