Project published in a+t 44 Workforce A Better Place to Work 2
January 11, 2016
The block is inserted into the Europaallee Quarter urban plan, which is being developed in the former railway lots close to Zürich city centre. The four-volume complex, designed by three architecture practices: Max Dudler, Gigon / Guyer Architekten and David Chipperfield Architects, is mainly for administration purposes. It also includes a retail ground floor and a public open courtyard which may be accessed from all four facades.
The unique feature of dividing up the plot into four sub-plots, which share modulation yet which nevertheless offer their own interpretation of the office building on the facade, is a way of enriching the setting, of multiplying the views of the volume, and of laying out a textured slice of the city, encompassing the complexity inherent in European cities.
The four office buildings are connected on their upper storeys and a continuous gallery crosses them at first-floor level, running around the perimetre of the building.
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