A new L-shaped volume augments the existing urban pattern to the north of Zurich Oerlikon train station and closes the corner of an existing open block perimeter development. The two angles of the building make the neighbouring street space more precise. The volume itself is clear and crystalline thanks to its semi-transparent glass cladding.
The office building between Oerlikon train station and Oerliker Park is entered from a front hall that serves as an orientation point, front and distributor zone – an internal place of arrival. The staircase and the lifts as well as the zones for breaks from work are positioned at the sides of this space. In structure the floor plans of the two parts of the building differ through their hierarchization. The proposed layout allows cellular, combination and open plan offices to be made, with ancillary spaces, meeting zones and “cockpits” in the middle.
The closed areas of the external facade consist of a back-ventilated, semi-transparent glass cladding with etched glass panes printed with a dot grid. This changes the way the building is perceived according to the distance and the direction it is seen from. The thermal insulation is laminated with a grey covering fleece.
This project is from the oeuvre of Leuner & Zampieri (1990–2000).
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