Non-profit residential projects part of Halter's DNA

Halter has a long-standing tradition of working with cooperatives. The global service contractor's transparent and digitized approach to projects offers an ideal solution for affordable housing.

We have specialized in not-for-profit building for a hundred years.

During the early years of Halter's family-owned company – the interwar era, urban housing shortages, municipal housing policies – there was a boom in non-profit housing development. In 1922, then, we began one of our first construction projects on Badener- and Bachmattstrasse on behalf of the Altstetten General Building Cooperative. The architect was Pietro Giumini, who was establishing himself as "official" architect of "Red Zurich", as the city was known during the socialist-dominated period from 1928 to 1938. Since then, non-profit residential projects have been part of Halter's DNA.

Badener- and Bachmattstrasse, Zurich (1922). Picture credits: Halter AG company archives, Zurich

Cooperative builds on transparency. As do we.

As global service contractors, we ensure that all our clients can follow and understand our work processes. Our approach to cost ceiling management allows them to view current planning and construction costs as well as predicted final costs at any time. The same thing applies to the monitoring and control of deadlines as well as any corrective measures that may arise as a result. As regards to the contractually agreed quality standards, our in-house control processes and working tools are readily understandable for our clients.

Thanks to this level of transparency, we work with our clients to identify possible potential and weak spots at an early stage of the project and are able to react accordingly.

Let's join forces and use digitization to make housing projects more affordable.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and other in-house digital tools enable us to make significant reductions to the construction and maintenance costs of a property. Our digital twin building helps to make our planning extremely precise and optimizes construction processes. The example shown below is taken from our project Huebergass with the cooperative «Wir sind Stadtgarten» in Bern, which is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in spring 2021.

The digital twin building of the project Huebergass in Bern at the planning application phase. Picture credits: GWJ Architektur AG, Bern

Thanks to the data gathered by Halter, it was possible to make a precise prediction of the building's construction and maintenance costs as early as the planning phase. This provided us with the framework needed to find an ideal combination of building use, functionality, form and aesthetics as well as the finish and fittings. Ultimately, maintenance accounts for around 80 percent of a property's costs over its entire life cycle.

Non-profit residential projects have changed significantly in the past one hundred years. We have had a significant impact on developments and taken the processes into the digital age. Today, we can look back on countless positive experiences in our joint work with cooperatives and look forward to putting our expertise to work on affordable residential projects in the future.


Felix Hegetschweiler


Cover image: The aerial view shows the varying sizes of residential complexes in Zurich from various decades. In the bottom right-hand corner we see the Hardhof housing estate from 1925, in the centre the Grünau complex from 1976. The Halter family was involved in the construction of both projects. The southern section of the elongated structure to the left is the Meierwiesenstrasse 52-58 project, which is owned by the Halter family. The rest of the Grünau complex belongs to a local foundation and various cooperatives. Picture credits: ETH library Zurich, picture archive