Europaallee ‘Site D’, Zürich, Switzerland

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

Europaallee ‘Site D’, Zürich

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27 Aug 2013

Europaallee ‘Site D’ Zürich

Location: Switzerland

Design: Wiel Arets Architects – 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', Zürich, Switzerland

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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.

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’ 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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