Welcome to the Kalkbreite Cooperative
The Cooperative was founded in 2007. It currently owns the residential and commercial building, Kalkbreite, which consists of 97 apartments and a variety of commercial enterprises (people moved in 2014). The second project, Zollhaus with 48 apartments and various other commercial premises, is under construction and will be ready for occupation in 2020.
The Kalkbreite Cooperative stands for smart, innovative solutions for living and working. Comprehensive and forward-looking thinking on various topics such as energy and land consumption, car renunciation and participation have shaped a lively cooperative that cultivates and exemplifies a wide range of new ideas for urban life, urban development, commercial and residential concepts, outdoor spaces, participatory processes and self-organisation.
The Cooperative’s first property, the Kalkbreite residential and commercial building, has been built over a VBZ Zurich tram depot, creating space for a pulsating urban center, which includes commercial spaces, a cinema, a guesthouse and apartments. Some of the apartments have been designed in a traditional way, while others have been developed to implemented new forms of coexistence. Today, the plot is a certified “2000-Watt-Areal”, the highest standard of operation Swiss wide.
The Kalkbreite guesthouse and meetings or events rooms for rental complement the range of residential and commercial space on offer. Other shared spaces such as cafeterias, cubicles or community offices also contribute to the concept of efficient living.