Europaallee Mixed-use Building

Zurich, Switzerland 2007–2013

Client: SBB RIBA Award for International Excellence

This project is for a mixed-use building in the centre of Zurich, which was won in an invited competition organised by the city of Zurich and the SBB, the Swiss Federal Railways. The building is located on a key site within the master plan for the redevelopment of former railway land, next to Zurich’s main railway station. It is one of several large buildings to be constructed along Europaallee, a new street that runs through the centre of the master plan, leading from the railway station. Other buildings are designed by Max Dudler, David Chipperfield and Gigon Guyer. The building has a mixed programme of retail on the ground floor, with offices and apartment towers above.

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Drawings 1

Site plan

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Ground floor plan

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Typical office floor plan

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Fifth floor plan, apartment and roof garden

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Tenth floor plan, apartments

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Long section


Façade 1

Southwest elevation

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North elevation

Façade 3

North façade detail

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West façade detail

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Façade detail

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Precast green concrete

Related news

In December's edition of Casabella, Francesco Dal Co discusses the development of Europaallee in central Zurich, focusing on Caruso St John and Bosshard Vaquer's mixed-use building, its neighbour, designed by Graber Pulver, and the influence of modern Milanese architecture on both buildings.

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Europaallee Baufeld E has won a RIBA Award for International Excellence.


Zurich, Switzerland


SBB: Swiss Federal Railways

Construction cost
100m CHF

30,000 m²

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

Project architect
Michael Schneider

Project team
Christof Bedall, Murat Ekinci, Adam Gielniak, Aureliusz Kowalczyk, Dominique Meier, Claudio Schneider, Steffi Wedde, Florian Zierer

Collaborating architects
Bosshard Vaquer Architekten

Structural engineer
Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann AG

Services engineer
Kalt & Halbeisen AG, Enerpeak Salzmann AG

Cost consultant

Project manager
OAP Offermann Architektur & Projekte

Building physics
BAKUS Bauphysik & Akustik GmbH

Main contractor
Implenia Generalunternehmung AG

Georg Aerni, Hélène Binet, Philip Heckhausen, Christian Jonasse

RIBA Award for International Excellence