Carba AG, Zurich

Carba AG, Zürich, Fischer Architekten AG Zürich

The simple and functional office and commercial building in Zurich West offers flexible spaces for service industries. The architectural leitmotif “bright – light – transparency” is applied consistently throughout – also in the exclusive apartments at rooftop level.

This office and commercial building is located in the industrial district of Zurich West, which extends between the River Limmat and the railway tracks from the Main Train Station and where former industrial sites are gradually being converted. This development consists of four building units that are separated from each other by atriums or lightwells and are served by a total of seven circulation and services cores. This concept increases the level of flexibility within the spatial system and allows individual wings to be detached or combined to form larger units.

The five upper floors and the recessed rooftop level are placed above two connected basement levels. The first floor is a gallery that is spatially connected with the ground floor. The rooftop storey offers space for two company flats and a sizable hospitality area with roof terrace. Several different service businesses are housed in this building complex that measures 220 x 65 metres, has three lightwells and an elegant brick façade, and offers 22 000 square metres of office and commercial space.

Förrlibuckstrasse 30, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
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Task New office and commercial building
Job type Feasibility study / direct commission
Deliverables Project, tender, implementation project
Time period 1989–1992
Challenge Simple functional service building with low maintenance costs