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Pioneer Case

MFO Park

A short description of the NBS project

The MFO park is a public park in the Oerlikon quarter of Zurich which was developed in the framework of urban development phase for . Initially this one was a pilot project, but after 10 years of successful implementation/usage of the NBS with lot’s of experiences and several awards its graduated to a pioneer project. The park is characterised by its steel-framed construction combined with climbing plants. These steel frames are covered with up to 1200 different climbing plants and 100 different species. This project defines the contemporary park in a complete new way. Thanks to the international recognition also a quite higher consciousness for facade greening is built. The objective of the intervention is the green space generation.

NBS Implementation context
Location Switzerland, Zürich
Latitude 47.4121056
Longitude 8.5402805
Status Project delivered
Dates 2002.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale neighbourhood
Urban density/ Soil consumption medium
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0;
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0;
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0;
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0;
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0;
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? A public institution, a local organization (city or metropolitan)
Contracting Authority City of Zurich
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Planning community Main partners: Planergemeinschaft Burckhardtpartner / Raderschall Landschaftsarchitekt: Raderschall Landschaftsarchitekten AG, Meilen Architekt: Burckhardt + Partner Architekten AG, Zürich
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.) In the frame of urban development . Planning community
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?) Architect
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. neighbours
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project more than 5M€
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
Description of the financing mechanism
Business Model
Class Type Description
SocialDeliver functionality, rather than ownership
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation medium (between 2 to 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention more than 30
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field Design_or_techniques_employed
Brief description of the innovativeness Huge climbing assistance in form of a former building.
Has the project received a prize, an award? - European Garden Prize in the category «Contemporary - European Garden Prize in the category «Contemporary installations» of the European – Garden Network European Garden Heritage Network EGHN 2010 - Award for good buildings of the city of Zurich 2006 - Play & Leisure Award 2004 - German Landscape Architecture Award 2003 – Appreciation - Public design award 2003
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.) - WEILACHER U. (2005): Ein Park als Versprechen. Oerliker Park in Zürich. und Grüner Pelz auf Stahlskelett. MFO Park Zürich. In: Udo Weilacher: In Gärten. Profile aktueller europäischer Landschaftsarchitektur. Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel. - AELLEN Y. et al. (2004): Parkanlagen in Neu-Oerlikon: Oerliker Park, MFO-Park, Louis-Häfliger-Park, Wahlenpark, Gustav-Ammann-Park. Grün Stadt Zürich (Hrsg.), Zürich
IM Keywords
  • Large urban public park