ETH Hönggerberg, Zurich
Working partnership with Paul Meyer

ETH Hönggerberg, Zürich

The competition entry by Fischer Architekten for the third development phase of ETH Hönggerberg, which was awarded first prize in the first round of the competition, continues Albert Heinrich Steiner’s relaxed approach based on buildings embedded in the landscape. The continuous green space between Käferberg and Hönggerberg is preserved. The Campus Hönggerberg is given a clearly identifiable approach road for public transport as well as a central square.

In view of the limited amount of space available at its central location, back in the 1980s the ETH Zurich planned a new building on Hönggerberg Campus for the departments of chemistry and materials and for the institutes of pharmacy and microbiology. Fisher Architekten emerged as winners of the competition set up in 1990 but, following a reworking phase, it was decided instead to further develop the project that had initially taken third place.

The new buildings proposed by Fischer Architekten working in partnership with Professor Paul Meyer are placed along a new pedestrian axis. Where it meets the existing central axis, which is extended further southwards, a central square is created for the ETH Hönggerberg. The laboratory building takes up the height of the existing buildings whereas towards the hilltop the volumes are reduced in height and the two centre buildings, thanks to their lower height in the silhouette, mark the new public transport approach route. The landscape between the local recreation areas Käferberg and Hönggerberg is preserved as a continuous green space.

Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10/14, 8049 Zurich, Switzerland
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Task New building for the departments of chemistry and materials and the institutes of pharmacy and microbiology (ETH Hönggerberg 3rd phase)
Job type Competition after prequalification, working partnership with Prof. Paul Meyer
Mention 1st prize (competition) / 2nd prize (revision)
Time period 1990
Challenge Development of the ETH campus