Europaallee Construction Plot B, Zurich

SBB Immobilien Portfolio Management

Europaallee Construction Plot B, Zurich

Zurich, 2019, Office building with restaurants and shops, 19'000m2

The office/commercial building has a central location by Zurich’s main railway station, forming the start of the new Europaallee district together with the Zurich University of Teacher Education. Situated on a narrow, trapezoidal plot between the railway tracks and Europaplatz, the building comprises a two-storey base and seven-storey tower. On the narrow side along Europaplatz, the building rises into a ten-storey frontage structure, making it a high-rise. The look is primarily derived from the structure of the building. The façade has been constructed to be highly repetitive, with a dynamic grid pattern on the transition to the glazed base storeys, where heavy-duty girders absorb the weight of the upper stories. The only purely formal elements are the complementary displacements of the three sections of the building, with which the construction reacts to its environment. This accentuates the open character of the shop and restaurant spaces on the ground floor on the side of the building facing Europaplatz, while the side facing the railway tracks mimics a signal box. The façade is covered with Swedish black granite, the frames of the wooden windows from chromed steel, and the sun protection on the upper floors from glossy stainless steel micro-slats.

Assignment

New construction

Client

SBB Immobilien Portfolio Management

Location

Europaplatz 4/8/12, 8004 Zurich

Type of commission

Competition, 1st price (2012)

Planning phase

2012—2017

Construction phase

2015—2019

Gross floor area

19'000m2

Gross area

Office spaces on 9 storeys (13'500m2), Restaurants and shops (1'200m2) on the ground floor

Sustainability label

Objective DGNB-Gold

General contractor

PORR Suisse AG, Zurich

Civil engineer

Consortium Bänziger Partner AG / Pini Swiss Engineers, Zurich

Facade planner

Bardak Planungsbüro, Schaffhausen

Visualizations

Raumgleiter, Zurich

Photograph

Jürg Zimmermann, Zurich

Webcam
http://webcam.europaallee.ch/live.html
Architecture
Stücheli Architekten AG

Andrea Berger, Christof Glaus, Geraldine Häusler, Gwendolin Hohenbleicher, Ines Johansson, Axel Pfrang, Annika Raugust, Sabine Rolser, Mariko Shimamoto, Alessandro Ungaro