Giesserei Winterthur – the Winterthur Foundry – is a self-managed residential settlement organised on a cooperative basis in Upper Winterthur. After several years of planning and development, the first occupants moved into the complex in 2013. Based on ecological principles and a barrier-free approach, it comprises 151 apartments as well as a number of commercial units varying widely in size, and offers a home to something like 300 people. The principal objective of the project is a mixed-age settlement – one that, without any kind of dogmatism, will encourage understanding between the generations and solidarity among residents. This also includes the integration of persons with special needs, who likewise have living and working space provided for them. All the residents, provided they are capable, take on a mandatory workload of 36 working hours in the year in order to carry out communal tasks. A versatile community infrastructure, including workshops and function rooms, provides the spatial requisites for all kinds of activities, which enhance the life quality shared by the residents.