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Three Hotels in Turbinenplatz, Zürich

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Schweizerisch-französisches Finanzkonsortium
Accor Group
Baubeginn 1998, Eröffnung: April 2000
CHF 51 Mio
Itten + Brechbühl Zürich
General contractor:
Losag, ein UNternehmen der Bouyges Group

In place of a large assembly hall in "Kreis 5" in Zurich, near Escher-Wyss Square, a hotel complex for the Accor Group is erected by one of the world's largest hotel companies. It consists of 540 beds divided into three hotels of different price categories, the Novotel, Ibis and Etap.
In addition, various conference rooms, restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pool and underground parking are included in the complex.
The three hotels are combined to the urban form of an open block.

The horizontal rythm of the facade, originally planned in more articulated grooves, give the different window sizes and spacings a subordinate, subtle rhythm and do not allow direct architectural readability of the individual hotels.
During the development of the hotel complex an application was made to the city council, to amend the legally valid development plan to create a city square, an urban space, instead of the initially planed road and smaller green areas. A stroke of luck for the urban structure of the neighborhood because the square is, both emphasizing the metropolitan character of the neighborhood, and creating the necessary free space for the users of the adjacent building.

    Services of Erich Offermann in Firma Itten + Brechbühl AG Zürich
  • Responsible for development in conjunction with developer, site owner and user.
  • Negotiations with developer and user.
  • Negotiations with planning and building Authorities and city councillor.
  • Town planning and architectural inputs in designing the Hotelblocks
  • Initiating the amendment of the city development plan to create a city square, an urban space, instead of the initially planed smaller green areas.