Europaallee ‘Site D’, Zürich, Switzerland

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Zürich, Google Switzerland, Swiss Office Building Design, Architect

Europaallee ‘Site D’, Zürich

Office and Retail Building Development in Switzerland – design by Wiel Arets Architects, Netherlands

13 Aug 2019

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Construction

Location: Zürich, Switzerland

Design: Wiel Arets Architects – WAA

Wiel Arets Architects (WAA) progress construction on Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich, Switzerland

Europaallee ‘Site D’ is a new office and retail building adjacent to Zürich’s central station whose main tenant will be Google, and whose closed cavity façade system is bound by Carrara marble, complimenting the matte-brass finishings.

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Photos © Jan Bitter

This new mixed-use office and retail building is an integral component of Zürich’s ‘Europaallee’, a currently emerging district adjacent to the city’s central train station. The building is currently known as ‘Site D’ due to the numbers of buildings in the central Europaallee district; eight in total, each assigned a letter, ‘A’ through ‘H’. A plinth of retail programming anchors the building to its site, while its upper volumes consist of flexible office spaces that, due to their shallow depth and efficient façade grid, can be occupied by several individual companies or a larger singular tenant.

Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich building construction

These dual programs posed the challenge of creating two lighting and spatial requirements within this prominently sited building. The main entry is positioned along the parallel street named Europaallee, and opens onto the ground floor’s main retail, dining, and circulation spaces. From the ground floor, a central staircase complemented by two ramping escalators traverses and connects these areas. Eight floors of office space are set atop the plinth, and are organized around a multi-level exterior courtyard, essentially creating two office ‘towers’. A closed cavity façade system, bound by polished concrete with Carrara marble, encases the building; luxuriously contrasting matte-brass finishings, such as those adorning the ground floor entryways.

Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich building construction Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich building facade

Due to the nature of the site–on the one hand, facing the main pedestrian path of Europaallee, and on the other, facing platform three of Zürich’s central train station–it was chosen to cantilever a portion of this building out over that train platform. This was also done to slip the building into its site-defined, rigid urban context, so as to build the ‘façade of the city’ directly up against the train tracks–which simultaneously allows for the utilization of the site’s full maximum floor area potential.

Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich building facade Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich building facade

Owing to the preexisting condition of the need for an enormous underground delivery hall, below the new district–a space that also needed to be column-free, so as to accommodates larger delivery trucks–compounded with the building’s site; this project’s structure is then, rather complex. This delivery hall, which is partially set under the building and partially below a neighboring building, has a maximum dimension of about 57×25 m, of which 23×25 m is also column-free, so that delivery trucks are able to enter, and turn around. A tunnel connects this delivery hall to the two other new buildings under construction in the Europaallee, as well as to a new shopping arcade in the central train station.

Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich building facade

All deliveries for these three buildings, passes through this new subterranean delivery hall. The site’s relatively slender nature partially dictated the shape of the building, as its plot allows for a building with a maximum of 22m depth on its eastern side, and a maximum depth of 38m on its western edge. Because of this situation, a cantilever was introduced on the building’s track facing, northern façade. This cantilever extends 9 m over the adjacent train track, above which are eight, of the ten total stories.

Europaallee 'Site D', Zürich Office and Retail Building Development in Switzerland design by Wiel Arets Architects

The cantilevered stories rest above the double-heighted floors of retail space. A net of structural concrete beams 1.8 m high and 1.2 m wide is gridded over the retail space, and redistributes the weight load of the cantilevered portion back to the adjacent central cores, spanning the ground floor space, through to the building’s opposite side. Additionally, pre-stressed tension cables within the ground floor carry the whole weight of the building’s cores, to the borders of the underground tunnel, in order to leave a large enough space so that the delivery hall can be free of columns, to accommodate deliveries.

Europaallee 'Site D', Zürich Office and Retail Building Development design by Wiel Arets Architects

Google is this new district’s main tenant, and will also occupy most office space in ‘Site D’. Foreseeing a possible conversion into future residential units, the building’s flexible while complicated structure was designed to allow for such a repurpose of its program, as this.

Europaallee 'Site D', Zürich Building Development design by Wiel Arets Architects

The resulting silhouette of the building, and the precise alignment of its highest points with the trackside façades of the two adjacent plots, ensures a unified building amid the area’s planned structures, further defining the distinguished context of the surrounding ‘Europaallee’. As with many new urban spaces within Zürich, ample seating and bike parking will be incorporated.

Europaallee 'Site D', Zürich Building design by Wiel Arets Architects

Similar to allée of formal gardens; the district will be planted with copious amounts of greenery. Trees will border the main pedestrian path, creating a ‘small-scale’ urban garden in the resulting ‘urban canyon’ that this entire new district will shape. With the completion of this new building–the last remaining plot in the development–Europaallee Zürich area will be finalized in its entirety, after the corporation developing it was first formed, back in 1995.

Watch the Europaallee live webcam: http://webcam.europaallee.ch/live.html

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Zürich Building images / information from Wiel Arets Architects / WAA

Wiel Arets Architects / WAA

27 Aug 2013

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Zürich

Location: Switzerland

Design: Wiel Arets Architects – WAA

Europaallee 'Site D', Zürich, Switzerland
images from WAA

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‘Site D’ is the ‘cornerstone’ of Europaallee, an emerging mixed-use district adjacent Zürich’s central train station, and consists of highly flexible office and retail space.

Europaallee 'Site D' in Zürich building interior design

This new building is an integral component of ‘Europaallee’, a currently emerging district adjacent to Zürich’s central train station. A plinth of retail programming anchors the project to its site, while its upper volumes consist of flexible office spaces that, due to their shallow depth and efficient façade grid, can be occupied by several individual companies or a larger singular tenant. These dual programs posed the challenge of creating two unique lighting and spatial requirements within this prominently sited building.

Europaallee 'Site D' in Zürich Building design

The main entry has been positioned along the parallel ‘Europaaallee’, and opens onto the ground floor’s main retail and circulation spaces. From the ground floor, a central staircase complemented by two ramping escalators traverses and connects these areas. Foreseeing a possible conversion into future residential units, the building’s flexible structure was designed to allow for such a repurpose of its program. The resulting silhouette, and the alignment of its highest points with the trackside façades of the two adjacent plots, will ensure a powerful and unified building amid the area’s planned structures, further defining the distinguished context of the surrounding ‘Europaallee’.

Europaallee 'Site D' in Zürich Building from railway

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Zürich – Building Information

Type: Office, Retail
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Date of design: 2012-13
Expected completion: 2019
Total Area: 20.000 sqm
Architect: Wiel Arets
Project Team: Alexis Bikos, Jelle Homburg, Jochem Homminga, Boris Wolf, Roel van der Zeeuw, Tieme Zwartbol
Collaborators: Olivier Brinckman, Marcos Romeros
Client: SBB Immobilien
Consultants: Amstein + Walthert AG, JägerPartner AG SIA/USIC, B+P Baurealisation AG, GKP Fassadentechnik AG, Aadorf

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Zürich Building images / information from Wiel Arets Architects / WAA

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Location: Europaallee, Zürich, Switzerland




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