Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Circle at Zurich Airport in Kloten, Switzerland by Zaha Hadid Architect
June 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Zaha Hadid Architect
The River ‘flows’ as a continuous curve on one side, as a convex erosion on the other – within, ‘interior urbanism’ promotes interaction between different program elements, incorporating three major ‘canyon’ voids to define entry points and circulation routes. A top level open plan streetscape houses retail, cafes and restaurants.
The River, a mixed-use structure to serve Zurich Airport, ‘flows’ in response to differing external conditions – as a continuous curve towards the airport, as a convex erosion on the other side.
The building’s ‘interior urbanism’ facilitates and encourages interaction amongst different program elements, while also maintaining a practical vertical ‘stack’ for each in order to rationalize services and circulation.
Clarity of access is of paramount importance, with entry to both vertical and horizontal pathways focused on three major voids or ‘canyons’, which cut through the building to merge on an open-plan top floor. These canyons serve to indicate major points of entry to the complex and also reinforce major circulation routes.
The top floor becomes an open ‘streetscape’ – a promenade punctuated by retail outlets, restaurants and cafes, anchored by a hotel at its north extremity and an exhibition area at its south.
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