With the construction of the underground station in Zurich Löwenstrasse, the land of the track fields became vacant. This wasteland at the most central location in the middle of Zurich the landowner SBB (swiss train company) wanted to use profitably and sensibly in an urban planning sense.
Several project competitions were held for individual sites, before guidelines were prescribed by a Masterplan. The architects Caruso St. John, Bosshard Vaquer, London, Zurich won the competition for a building on field E. As a result OAP was commissioned for the project management.
The multi-structured building with the two distinctive high-rise towers on the Europaallee includes shops, restaurants, offices and in the two towers apartments. With various types of tenant groups, the northern tower includes large-scale apartments for residential communities. The constant balancing of the different uses with the intentions of the builder and the proposals of the design team placed high demands and flexibility on all involved planners.
The exterior of the building complex is characterized by the solid-looking, differently structured prefabricated concrete façade and stands out decidedly from the other buildings designed for Europaallee. Towards the newly built Gustav Gull Square the building reacts with an urban, two-storey arcade, which is sensibly occupied by a bar.
SBB Real Estate
Architect / General Planner:
Caruso StJohn Bosshard Vaquer, London/Zürich
Structural Engineers :
Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann, Chur
August 2011 - Dezember 2014
Total construction cost:
approximately CHF 110 Mio.
Total floor area:
- Project management for the general planner team
- Coordination of the general planning team in collaboration with the architect as Executive planner
- Support of the general designer and general manager
- Representative of the general manager
- Contractual management with building owners and Subplaners
- Total scheduling of the planning and construction process
- Coordination and monitoring of schedules
- Coordination of tendering process