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Chipperfield unwraps UBS offices

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] David Chipperfield has completed a 14,600m² office block for Swiss investment bank UBS in Zurich’s newly created Europa-Allee quarter

The eight-storey office is one of four interconnected buildings grouped around a public courtyard.

The practice was invited to design the block by Swiss minimalist Max Dudler, who pipped Chipperfield to win the competition to masterplan the wider quarter in 2006. Dudler has designed two of the wings, while fellow contest runner-up Gigon/Guyer Architekten, which was also asked back, has overseen the last of the quartet.

Site plan

The ground floor of Chipperfield’s block contains a double-height entrance lobby, conference rooms and an external restaurant. There are seven floors of column-free office space above with a corridor on the first floor which allows unhindered circulation throughout all four buildings.

Once completed in 2020, the new quarter will create 6,000 workplaces, 1,800 study spaces, 400 flats, a hotel, shops and restaurants.

Project data

Competition Two-stage study with pre-qualification January-August 2006: 1st place Max Dudler, 2nd place Consortium Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer Architekten and David Chipperfield Architects
Client UBS
Client’s representative Beta Projekt Management
Planning/implementation 2007-2013
Draft project March-October 2007
Building application September 2008
Beginning of construction May 2010
Completion February 2013
Gross floor area 56,700m²
Planning committee Max Dudler, Gigon/Guyer & David Chipperfield
Lagerstrasse House architect Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer Architekten
Freischützgasse House architect David Chipperfield Architects
Europaallee House and Eisgasse House architect Max Dudler Architekten
Project manager Max Dudler
General contractor Implenia Schweiz
Landscape architect Schweingruber Zulauf Landschaftsarchitekten
Structural engineer Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner
Electrical engineer Thomas Lüem + Partner AG, Dietikon
Building services Polke, Ziege, von Moos
Building physics/acoustics Kopitsis Bauphysik
Fire protection engineer Gruner AG Ingenieure und Planer
Lighting designer matí AG
Façade planning gkp fassadentechnik
Security planning/door management Amstein + Walthert
Gastronomy planning planbar
Quantity surveyor and scheduling Freiraum Baumanagement

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