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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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 Circle at Zurich Airport

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architect with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project: The Circle at Zurich Airport
  • Location: Kloten, Switzerland
  • Site Area: 27,845m²
  • Footprint: 33,170m² (including bridge & upper levels)
  • Site Dimensions: approx. 550m long x 70m wide
  • Project Director: Manuela Gatto
  • Project Architect: Dillon Lin
  • Project Team: Hannes Schafelner, Maren Klasing, Teoman Ayas, Lisamarie Ambia, Camiel Weijenberg, Seda Zirek, Ai Sato, Andres Madrid, Amit Gupta, Sophie Le Bienvenu, Rashiq Muhamadali, Roxana Rakshani, Nupur Shah, Fabian Hecker, Saleem Jalil, Daniel Piccinelli

The Circle at Zurich Airport

  • Local Architect: Burkhardt + Partners AG
  • Interior Design: Woods Bagot
  • Structural: Adams Kara Taylor
  • Facade: ARUP Berlin
  • Cost / QS: Baukostenplanung Ernst
  • Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction (OVI)
  • Fire: Amstein + Walthert
  • Landscaping: Gross Max
  • Brand: Pragma UK

The Circle at Zurich Airport

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.

The Circle at Zurich Airport

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.

The Circle at Zurich Airport

The Circle at Zurich Airport

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