St Jakob Foundation

Zurich, Switzerland 2013–2018

Client: Stiftung Behindertenwerk St. Jakob Auszeichnung für gute Bauten der Stadt Zürich 2016-2020

St Jakob Stiftung is a foundation that gives disabled people a diverse range of employment opportunities, from work in the famous bakery, to woodworking and facilities management. The design for St Jakob’s new building in Zurich West collects these uses into a compact volume that responds to a collection of loose existing structures along a major railway viaduct in this previously industrial area of the city. The building has a differentiated volume, making a formal, stepped façade to Heinrichstrasse and has looser profiles to the other sides of the site. The building’s volume accentuates its object quality at the same time as making connections to the industrial structures nearby.

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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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Southeast elevation

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Façade detail

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Caruso St John's St Jakob Foundation has won the Auszeichnung für gute Bauten der Stadt Zürich, 2016-2020. The prizes given every five years, look to projects which develop the city's urban heritage, offer a social contribution, carefully use resources and respect their environment.

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Zurich, Switzerland


Stiftung Behindertenwerk St. Jakob

Construction cost
26m CHF

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
enerpeak AG

Building physics

Fire & security

Main contractor
HRS Real Estate AG

Concrete structure
Streuli Bau AG

Prefabricated concrete
Elementwerk Istighofen

Philip Heckhausen