St Jakob Foundation

Zurich, Switzerland 2013–2018

Client: Stiftung Behindertenwerk St. Jakob

The St Jakob Foundation provides disabled people with a diverse range of employment opportunities on their site in Zurich West, ranging from work in the famous St Jakob bakery, to repairs, woodworking and facilities management. The design gathers these uses into a tall loft-like form that responds to the context of the other isolated buildings nearby, which stand along a major railway viaduct in this previously industrial area of the city. The building’s compact volume accentuates its object quality, at the same time as making connections to these industrial structures.

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Site plan

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East elevation

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Long section

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North elevation

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Cross section

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South elevation

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Southeast elevation

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Façade detail

Credits

Location
Zurich, Switzerland

Date
2013–2018

Client
Stiftung Behindertenwerk St. Jakob

Construction cost
26m CHF

Area
10,900 m²

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John, Michael Schneider, Florian Zierer

Project architects
Florian Summa (2013-2015), Annina Meier (2015-2018)

Project team
Veronika Bonora, Robert Chandler, Christoph Dörrig, Laura Favre-Bully, Philipp Knorr, Kristina Grigorjeva, Adriana Müller, Moritz Puerckhauer, Isabelle Rütimann, Simon Schankula

Structural engineer
Conzett Bronizini Partner

Services engineer
Kalt & Halbeisen Ingenieurbüro AG, Pfiffner AG

Electrical engineering
Jaisli‐Xamax

Building physics
BAKUS AG

Fire & security
Amstein+Walthert

Main contractor
HRS Real Estate AG

Concrete structure
Streuli Bau AG

Prefabricated concrete
Elementwerk Istighofen

Photography
Philip Heckhausen