with DGJ and ROK
Location Zurich, Switzerland
Our proposal for a new office and retail tower anchored by Le-Corbusier-Platz in Zurich aims not only to position a highly-functional building as filter between the city and rail yards of the main station, but to set a contemporary symbol for the city in the visionary spirit of Alfred Escher. The building’s west side conforms to the width and height of the neighboring parcel, yet the eastern point tapers as the building forms into a tower, opening towards the Shilquai and the rest of the city.
Creating a unified, sculptural mass at a scale befitting the extensive train platforms, the facade is also broken down into overlapping bands. These bands, inspired by the overlapping, crossing rails of the train lines, are modulated to form small balconies, create the optimum amount of glazing for solar conditions, and blend together a number of hi-tech and energy-saving technologies. Through its extensive use of sustainable building techniques, the complex aims to become an ecological, as well as architectural icon of the new city quarter.