We have been engaged in the planning of the landscape design of the grounds at the Trotte assisted living and nursing home in Wipkingen for 12 years. As the team Enzmann Fischer Architekten, of which we are a member, were the winners of the open competition of the City of Zurich in 2008, the design of the exterior spaces could be expanded to the city-owned neighbouring property of the Alte Trotte for the purpose of site development. Between the new construction replacing the old Trotte Nursing Home and the student residence in the Alte Trotte there is now a public park, which in addition to generous perennial gardens also incorporates a playing field for the needs of the Wipkingen neighbourhood association. The handicapped-accessible system of paths opens up a new, higher-level connection between two streets: Nordstrasse, which runs parallel to the slope, and Trottenstrasse. The inner access system allows for loop paths for daily walks and also for therapy purposes. Away from the public eye and with direct access from the building there is a Dementia Garden with a lush planting bed on a shady terrace enclosed by pergolas. In front of the new park and next to the new senior citizens’ home, there is a café and restaurant with outdoor seating and a water basin.
Gardeners of the GGZ Gartenbau Genossenschaft Zurich are currently hard at work to make possible views of the freshly planted landscaping by 3 May 2019, the handover date for the senior citizens’ home.