Caruso St John Architects

Location: Zurich, CH
Client: HRS Real Estate AG
Project Status: Competition, first prize; Ongoing project

This commission was won in an invited competition organised by the City of Zurich. The project is being developed by HRS Real Estate SG and Credit Suisse and the design is a collaboration with Zurich-based practices, Bolthauser Architekten and Pool Architekten.

The site is in Zurich West, an industrial area which is undergoing an intense redevelopment and densification that is introducing office, residential and leisure uses alongside existing industrial sites. The project will provide a new 18,500 seat football stadium for Zurich’s two clubs, FCZ and GC, two mixed-use towers and a residential building with 173 cooperative apartments. 

The urban plan is organised to follow the geometry of the Pfingstweidstrasse, which has historically provided the backbone to the large industrial sites that run through the centre of the quarter. The buildings of the new ensemble are all conceived of as simple rectangular volumes that reflect something of the scale and volumes of the industrial sites to the east, and respond positively to the diverse building typologies of the surrounding city and to the open space of the river Limmat to the North. 

The buildings are made in masonry that is expressed in an architecture of columns and beams. The two towers have a vertical grain, like the buildings of 1920s Manhattan. Each has its own strong personality, but through the consistent use of masonry and through the vertical organisation of the facades, together they contribute to a powerful and consistent image of the city.