Caruso St John's work on a 1940’s industrial building has created new working and living spaces for a young family. The project lightly repairs the existing almost cubic building. The new construction is a new roof built almost to the limits of what is permitted by the planning regulations, a steep volume that rises up from the eaves along the street to make a new broad façade facing south towards the rear yard.
Located near the Bahnhof Wiedikon in a mixed part of the city, the original building was a purpose-built warehouse and depot for a publisher and is now inhabited by the third generation of the same family.
A graphic design studio that used to be in the roof has replaced the cycle repair shop on the ground floor, the first floor is a shared working space, and the second floor flat has been expanded onto the newly constructed third floor.
Photos © Philip Heckhausen
Casabella issue 932 focuses on timber, presenting an anthology of wooden constructions, including Caruso St John's newly completed renovation of a warehouse in Wiedikon, Zurich.
The renovation of a 1940’s industrial building in Wiedikon nears completion, with the installation of its windows.
A visit to the pioneers of adaptation in Zurich
17th December 2022
Maik Novotny visits Caruso St John's Zurich office to discuss the new arena for the ZSC Lions ice-hockey team and, despite the scale of its most recently completed project, discovers the practice's long-term interest and growing commitment to projects that prioritise renovation and adaptive re-use over new construction.
Twentieth Century Theatre
Caruso St John have submitted a planning application for a new venue for classical music in west London. The project is to revive the Twentieth Century Theatre, a Grade II listed former music hall on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill.
Office Building Zurich
Caruso St John has received the building permit for the AXA Office building, located on Stampfenbachstrasse in central Zurich. The building, for multinational insurance company AXA, houses around 4,000 square meters of office space over seven floors.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2023, with a façade mock-up already completed for quality control of the materials and joints.
Swiss Life Arena
18th October 2022
The Zurich Lions Ice Hockey team will play their inaugural match tonight at the newly opened Swiss Life Arena. Located in Altstetten, at the north-western edge of the city, the 12,000 seat, 70,000m² arena is Caruso St John's largest building to date.
Renovation work continues at the Royale Belge in Brussels. The façade works have been completed, reinstating the original building’s iconic golden glass. The tower’s office floors and hotel rooms are nearing completion, with tenant fit-outs underway. Structural works for a new atrium have been completed, with two curved stairs connecting multiple functions across three floors. The atrium is naturally lit from above, with a large rooflight overhead that completes the pattern of the original diagrid roof.
The Triple Folly
The pavilion at Kvadrat Headquarters is complete. The building, set in the coastal dunes surrounding the textile company’s headquarters in Ebeltoft, on the east coast of Denmark, is a design collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand.
Veemgebouw, Strijp S
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Construction has completed on Caruso St John's redevelopment of the Veemgebouw, a former Philips factory building on Strijp S in Eindhoven. The monumental industrial site in the Brainport region of the city is now the centre of a lively urban environment.
The design repurposed the existing floors to create a varied mixed-use structure; including workspaces on the upper floors, a car-park and a food-hall on the ground floor. The project also included the addition of 38 rooftop studios and maisonettes.
St Pancras Commercial Centre
London, United Kingdom
The central slip form core of the St Pancras Commercial Centre is being poured. The process uses an efficient rig system to pour the concrete, and will take around 4 weeks to complete. Once the slip form is done horizonal slabs will be cast to make the structure rigid.
Grosser Burstah Office Building
The Grosser Burstah in Hamburg is nearing completion. The scaffolding has been taken off at the top of the building, revealing the new terracotta cladding manufactured by NBK. The rest of the façade will be finished by the end of the year.
Swiss Life Arena
The Swiss Life Arena is in its final stages of work. The new home for the ZSC Lions ice hockey team will open to the public in Autumn 2022.