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.
The unusual mixed programme was an opportunity to make a truly metropolitan building at a prominent corner location within the master plan. The building is arranged with five floors of commercial space on the lower levels, and with the upper part emerging as two apartment towers that are thirteen and eleven storeys in height. The towers have pitched roofs and chimneys for the fireplaces in the top floor apartments, giving the building a distinctive residential appearance among the office buildings around it.
The complex figure of the towers emerging from a wide base has something of the qualities of the classic urban buildings of Manhattan from the 1910s and 1920s. Like the New York examples, this individual expressiveness is reconciled with the continuity that is required – in the massing of the lower floors along the street edges, and in the tectonic of the precast concrete façades – to make a good piece of city.
The project was made in association with the Zurich-based practice Bosshard Vaquer Architekten.
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.
SBB: Swiss Federal Railways
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John, Michael Schneider
Christof Bedall, Murat Ekinci, Adam Gielniak, Aureliusz Kowalczyk, Dominique Meier, Claudio Schneider, Steffi Wedde, Florian Zierer
Bosshard Vaquer Architekten
Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann AG
Kalt & Halbeisen AG, Enerpeak Salzmann AG
OAP Offermann Architektur & Projekte
BAKUS Bauphysik & Akustik GmbH
Implenia Generalunternehmung AG
Georg Aerni, Hélène Binet, Philip Heckhausen, Christian Jonasse
RIBA Award for International Excellence