Europaallee Site F, Zürich
'Go Along' to the Main Station
Designed for one of the last plots due to be built upon in this major urban development project at the heart of Zurich, this proposal gives closure to broad open space of the railway tracks, while addressing the centrally located Gustav-Gull-Platz. The composition of 3 apartment towers on a plinth containing office space adopts the typology of the neighbouring plots and creates a rich interplay between built space and views through to the tracks and platform area. By varying the number of storeys, the design creates accents along Europaallee and forms further ensembles with buildings on the adjoining plots.
There is a mix of residential units for sale and to lease, with spacious, flexible city apartments of different sizes in both categories, given character by double-height spaces and loft-style layouts. The mineral cladding of glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels not only ensures a suitably urban aesthetic, it also forms part of the ingenious sustainability concept. The building is conceived as an integrated system, which combines architectural quality, efficient energy use, cost-effectiveness and user-friendly public space, thus representing a sustainable vision at Minergie-P-Eco standard for this location.
Two-stage design competition after prequalification
Construction sum: CHF approx. 100 mn
Client: SBB Immobilien Development Zürich City
General planner: Bob Gysin Partner BGP Architekten ETH SIA BSA
Structural engineer: Basler + Hofmann, Zürich
Building services engineer: 3-Plan, Winterthur
Energy and sustainability: EK Energiekonzepte, Zürich
Facade consultant: Atelier P3, Zürich