In collaboration with Thomas Demand Zurich, Switzerland 2007–2010

Client: Stadt Zurich Competition, first prize

This project, in collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand, was the winner of a competition for a major public art commission in the City of Zurich. The site is located at Escher Wyss Platz, an important and unusually messy part of the city’s transport infrastructure. The project coincided with the restoration of the 1960s Hardbrücke road viaduct and the construction of a new tram line. Escher Wyss Platz is a former industrial area undergoing dramatic transformation, with substantial new commercial developments, cultural institutions, and residential buildings.

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Site plan

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Elevations of Escher Wyss Platz

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South east elevation

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South west elevation

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North west elevation

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Ground floor plan

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Gallery floor plan


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Chongqing, China, 2007

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Annie Hall, Woody Allen, 1977

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Posters for and against the Nagelhaus project

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Zurich, Switzerland


Stadt Zurich

250 m²

Competition, first prize; cancelled following a referendum

Collaborating artist
Thomas Demand

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John

Project architect
Neslihan Aydogan

Project team
Pablo Donet, Adam Gielniak, Emily Keyte, Michael Schneider