Today, Resistance ended.
Sandwiched between Renaissance luxury hotel and upmarket residential & business buildings, the world-famous nail-house stubbornly held its ground in gentrified Zurich West. But no more. At lunchtime, all remaining residents were asked to leave the building for good, under the watchful eyes of nervous looking security guards and members of the national press. The local contingent of Young Socialists had rolled out handwritten transparents, proclaiming, slightly redundantly: «Beware: gentrification taking place». The mood was calm but defiant. A group of residents enjoyed a last pic-nic. In a year’s time, the battered but proud landmark will be replaced by a street.
78-year-old veteran tenant Willi Horber (the gentleman with the suitcase) has lived in the Nagelhaus on Turbinenstrasse for 46 years. Fighting for the building to remain for 15 years, the old-age pensioner was eventually overruled by Federal Court in 2014. Neither Mr Horber’s wish to be ‘taken out of the building horizontally’ nor the balloons lifting the nail house somewhere nice have materialised. Demolition works will start on July 1.
The Nagelhaus, captured in February 2016 © Play Hunter/Playlust.net