On 24 January 2018, around 120 project participants and guests celebrated the topping out of the SNB building at Fraumünsterstrasse 8 in Zurich. Conversion and renovation work is set to finish in 2019.
‘The Swiss National Bank is forever,’ began Thomas Moser of the SNB, greeting those present with a quote from the former Chair of the Governing Board at SNB, Fritz Leutwiler – before adding, ‘But we don’t have forever to build it’. Around 120 guests came to celebrate the successful topping out of the structure at the nearby Metropol restaurant on the evening of 24 January 2018. Since the summer of 2016, the building on the Stadthausquai with the distinctive Lindt lettering has been hidden behind scaffolding. In March 2019, the public will once again be able to view this history-steeped building.
The building complex, which features a listed sandstone façade, was erected in 1889, making it older than the SNB itself – founded in 1907 – as Moser noted. Originally used as an residential complex, the individual buildings were acquired by the SNB one by one, starting in 1969, and transformed into offices. With a visitor waiting room and info centre on the ground floor, the modern new interior will be made accessible to the public for the first time in 50 years.