Allianz Headquarters Switzerland, Richti Quarters, Swiss Office Building Design, Architect
Allianz Headquarters Zürich
Richti Quarters, Switzerland – design by Wiel Arets Architects
11 Jun 2013
Allianz HQ Zürich
Progress Construction on the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich
Location: Wallisellen, Switzerland
Design: Wiel Arets Architects – WAA
Photos © Jan Bitter
The Allianz Headquarters is an office complex occupying two buildings linked by a series of bridges and interlocked by a central staircase rising the height of the entire building within a centrally positioned void.
The Allianz Headquarters is an office complex linked and interlocked by a series of bridges and voids. Once completed, the Allianz Headquarters will be composed of a high-rise tower and a five story building, both with a program of mainly office space, set within an urban plan based on a modified block structure. The two buildings will be connected by a series of bridges, enabling work, gastronomic, and leisure spaces to fluidly interact.
Upon entering the lobby of the complex, a monumental sculptural staircase will rise 72 meters – the entire height of the building – essentially creating an accessible atrium that visually and intuitively routes users. These multi-story voids create short cuts between floors through the use of open stairways, which produce varied spatial relations and connections throughout the section of the building. Circulation to and from these stairs and voids is towards and perpendicular to the outer glass skin, while circulation on each floor takes place along and parallel to the façade, so that the buildings are always alive with movement.
The exterior glazing is in two layers, with a computer-controlled sun-screening curtain between, and the interior lighting and materials were selected based on both longevity and comfort, allowing for the modulation of the spatial atmosphere as desired by the inhabitants.
Allianz Headquarters Zürich – Building Information
Location: Richtiplatz 1, 8034 Wallisellen, Switzerland
Size: 72.000 m2
Date of design: 2008-09
Date of completion: 2013
Project team: Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
Collaborators: Flavio Loretz, Jörg Lüthke, Ruth Val Garijo, Virginia Angell, Anira Niso, Angela Tsang, Mikal Switalsky, Jacques van Eyck, Maron Vondeling, Christina Lotzemer Jentges, Joost Körver, Ilze Paklone, Alexandra Dobrowowolska, Boris van Eijsden, Joris Lens, Thomas Misik, Lucia Miglio, Hannes Scheutz, Dunia Nedjar, Francois Steul, Alexis Bikos, Athanasia Karaioannoglou, Victor Hidajat, Aline Amore, Birgit Schwarz, Tieme Zwartbol, Boris Wolf, Chris Frodsham, Alessandra Ferrari
Client: Allreal Generalunternehmung AG, Allianz Suisse
Consultants: GKP Fassadentechnik AG, R+B Engineering AG, Ahochn AG, Jäger Partner Bauingenieure AG, GRP Ingenieure, Kardorff Ingenieure
Allianz Headquarters Zürich Building images / information from Wiel Arets Architects / WAA
Allianz HQ Zürich : background information
Location: Richtiplatz 1, 8034 Wallisellen, Zürich, Switzerland
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