Santiago Calatrava’s Zurich plans unveiled

Nick Myall
Monday 26 Sep 2016

A new transport orientated scheme that will improve connectivity in the Swiss city of Zurich

Santiago Calatrava has unveiled plans for a pioneering Zurich office building that will include approximately 1,000 underground parking spaces for bicycles, beginning a new chapter of transit-oriented design in the Swiss city. The five-storey structure will seamlessly integrate with Stadelhofen Station, the Calatrava-designed transit hub and city landmark, and will increase connectivity throughout the metro area. 

“This 21st century office building in the heart of Zurich interplays with the area’s streetscape and adds to its vibrancy by encouraging bicycle use and improving pedestrians’ connection to the Stadelhofen Station,” said Mr. Calatrava.

Mr. Calatrava was chosen to design the new property owned by Swiss insurer AXA because of his commitment to innovative, functional design and to ensure consistency with the adjacent station’s architecture and appropriateness within the surrounding city fabric. Located in the centre of Zurich, the Calatrava-designed space will cater to the 80,000 commuters who pass through Stadelhofen Station each day. Today, much of the plaza space in front of the station is overcrowded with commuters’ and pedestrians’ bicycles. Mr. Calatrava’s design will directly address this problem.

In June 2014, Zurich’s City Council changed development regulations on Kreuzbühlstrasse 1, a thoroughfare in the city on which the new property will be built, to allow for the construction of an avant-garde building that would provide bicycle parking for both neighbourhood riders and station users. 

The redesigned Stadelhofen Station opened in 1990, and was the first rapid-transit system to be built in Switzerland. Today, it is the country’s seventh busiest rail station and one of eight railway stations around the world designed by Mr. Calatrava.

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