Canton of Zurich, ETH Zurich

AgroVet-Strickhof, Lindau

Lindau (ZH), 2018, New education and research centre, 10'070 m2

The name ‘AgroVet-Strickhof’ is an amalgamation of the three partners ETH Zurich (agricultural sciences), the University of Zurich (Vetsuisse) and the canton of Zurich (Strickhof). Under the motto ‘from feed to food’, farmers, agronomists and vets will work together to carry out research into a sustainable global food supply. The requirements of the planning and execution partners were just as unique as the centre itself. Modern research facilities such as respiration chambers had to be integrated, the priorities of the future users aligned, and the requirements of the unusual inhabitants met – such as the electromagnetic hypersensitivity of cows, for example. Itten+Brechbühl won the open competition for the centre's design back in 2012 with a clean-lined urban solution. Just as in the competition entry, the end construction is dominated by the distinctive and functional shed roofs and wood throughout. A clear distinction between the functional areas can be seen in the arrangement of the buildings and continues in the colour scheme of the interior rooms – yellow in the laboratories, green in the sheds and the metabolism centre, and aubergine in the Forum.


New education and research centre


Canton of Zurich, ETH Zurich


Eschikon 21, 8315 Lindau

Type of commission

Direct commission

Planning phase


Construction phase


Budget in CHF

68 Mio.

Gross floor area


Room arrangement

Forum (300 spectator seats), metabolism centre, dairy cowshed (128 cows), office/laboratory building (50 workspaces), cattle fattening shed, feed store, bunker silo

Sustainability standard


General management/construction management

b+p Baurealisation AG, St. Gallen

Architecture design

Itten+Brechbühl AG, Basel

Shed planner

Egger Partner AG, Schönenberg an der Thur

Civil engineer

Suisseplan Ingenieure AG, Zurich

HVAC engineer

ahochn AG, Dübendorf

Electrical engineer

Bürgin&Keller AG, Adliswil

Sanitary engineer

H2O Engineering AG, Rotkreuz

Landscape architecture

vetschpartner AG, Zurich

Building physics

Gartenmann Engineering AG, Basel

Laboratory planning

Aicher, De Martin, Zweng AG, Lucerne


Karin Rohländer, Stücheli Architekten

Architecture execution
Stücheli Architekten AG

Andrea Berger, Jean-Marc Fischer, Geraldine Häusler, Carlos Mora, Dirk Rinker, Eva Schaub, Sheida Vahedi