Swiss Life Arena

Zurich, Switzerland 2012–2021 (under construction)

Client: ZSC Lions Competition, first prize

The commission for the Swiss Life Arena was won in a competition organised by the City of Zurich in partnership with the ZSC Lions ice hockey club. The building contains a 12,000-seat arena that will be the home for the team, as well as a practice rink, a business centre, a large club restaurant and car parking. The site in Altstetten is located at the edge of the city, in a place where the urban structure has run out. The new arena marks the approach to the city with a public building that makes a festive place for ice hockey.

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Drawings 1

Site plan

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Ground floor plan

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Third floor

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Seventh floor

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West elevation

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South elevation

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Long section

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Cross section

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Arcade elevation

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Cross section detail

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Cross section detail


Façade 1

Façade detail

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Façade cladding detail

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Façade mock-up


References 1

Koppartälten, Hagaparken, Solna kommun, L. J. Desprez, 1790

References 2

Queen Louise’s bedroom, Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany

References 3

The River Eunoë, John Flaxman, 1807

Related news

Facade mock-ups for Caruso St John's Swiss Life Arena have been photographed as part of Canadian artist David K. Ross' new publication Archetypes. 

Theatrically lit at night and isolated from their surroundings, the compilation of photos aims to demonstrate how pre-constructed architectural components have become a charged form of proto-architecture.

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Under construction

Swiss Life Arena

Zurich, Switzerland

Construction continues on the new home for the ZSC Lions ice hockey team. The main arena is taking shape, with all its in-situ concrete poured and the pre-cast elements being put into place.

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30th anniversary event

CSTJ30: Yesterday and Today

Live-stream from London

19 November 2020

Caruso St John Architects celebrates 30 years in practice with a new website, Instagram, and a special online event hosted by the Architecture Foundation.

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Under construction

Swiss Life Arena

Zurich, Switzerland

Construction continues on the Swiss Life Arena, the new home for the ZSC Lions ice hockey team, and Caruso St John's largest project to date. The in situ concrete exposed shell of the building is currently being built and the project is set to complete in 2022.

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Project Update

Swiss Life Arena

Zurich, Switzerland

Construction continues at the new Swiss Life Arena in Zurich.

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Swiss Life ZSC Lions Arena

Zurich, Switzerland

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site of the new Swiss Life Arena for the ZSC Lions ice hockey team, celebrating the start of construction.

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ZSC Lions Arena

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich city council has granted preliminary legal and financial approval to the project for a new ice hockey arena for the ZSC Lions.

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Zurich, Switzerland


ZLE Betriebs AG / ZSC Lions

Construction cost
169m CHF

69,000 m2

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

Project architect
Adriana Müller

Project team
Natalija Bajovic, Christof Bedall, Leo Bettini, Tibor Bielicky, Pauline Delorme, Paul Eckert, Rafael Fernandes Trindade, Pierre Chèvremont, Svenja Gubler, Philipp Knorr, Annina Meier, Argel Padilla, Alina Pinardi, Jan Pisani, Moritz Pürckhauer, Ignasi Sarria, Joel Schärer, Jonas Schöpfer, Hannah v. Knobelsdorff, Nora Walter, Carmino Weber, Anastasia Zharova

Structural engineer
Ferrari Gartmann AG

Services engineers
Kalt & Halbeisen Ingenieurbüro AG, Amstein & Waltert

Cost consultant

Project manager

Client project manager
CCTM consulting AG

Electrical engineer
Enerpeak AG

Façade engineer
Neuschwander & Morf AG

Building physics
BAKUS Bauphysik & Akustik GmbH

Landscape architect
Antòn & Ghiggi Landschaft Architektur GmbH

Main contractor
HRS Real Estate AG

Concrete contractors
Marti AG, Barizzi AG