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The re-invention of the call centre in Zurich, Switzerland by Evolution Design

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Article source: Evolution Design

When you think of a call centre you probably picture a line of people seated in row upon row of desks in a featureless back room. But call centres are changing. In many companies, they are now the first point of contact with customers and are increasingly important in growing new business and ensuring customer satisfaction. High tech and fast paced, with multiple contact points from email and messaging systems to video and voice calls, they also require motivated and well-trained staff. As companies recognise their growing importance, the boiler room approach is disappearing and call centres are beginning to morph into a corporate centrepiece.

Image Courtesy © Peter Würmli

  • Architects: Evolution Design
  • Project: The re-invention of the call centre
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Peter Würmli
  • Design team: Stefan Camenzind, Tanya Ruegg, Stefanie Wandiger, Ekaterina Kozhevnikova
  • Client & Address: VodafoneZiggo Group B.V. Weena-Zuid 170, 3012 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Size: 4’560 m2
  • Completion: November 2015

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Evolution Design re-designs a school entrance hall into an inspiring collaboration space in Zürich, Switzerland

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Article source: Evolution Design

The Inter-Community School Zurich is a private international day school, which offers a comprehensive educational programme in English for children from ages of 3 to 18.

The new design forms a fresh and individual space that reflects ICS’s culture and values, and gives their staff and students a strong sense of belonging.

During the planning stage, the students along with the staff were greatly involved in the decision-making process by expressing their needs and favoured use of the space as well as their preferences in furniture, material and colour choices.

Image Courtesy © Evolution Design and Inter-Community School Zurich

  • Architects: Evolution Design
  • Project: Evolution Design re-designs a school entrance hall into an inspiring collaboration space
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Evolution Design and Inter-Community School Zurich
  • Client: Inter-Community School Zurich
  • Design Team: Tanya Ruegg, Natalia Maciejowska, Marco Noch, Mark Pinter
  • Size: 120 m2
  • Timeline: July 2017

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Europaallee ‘Site D’ in Zürich, Switzerland by WIEL ARETS ARCHITECTS

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Article source: WIEL ARETS ARCHITECTS

This new building is an integral component of ‘Europaallee’, a currently emerging district adjacent to Zürich’s central train station. A plinth of retail programming anchors the project to its site, while its upper volumes consist of flexible office spaces that, due to their shallow depth and efficient façade grid, can be occupied by several individual companies or a larger singular tenant. These dual programs posed the challenge of creating two unique lighting and spatial requirements within this prominently sited building. The main entry has been positioned along the parallel ‘Europaaallee’, and opens onto the ground floor’s main retail and circulation spaces. From the ground floor, a central staircase complemented by two ramping escalators traverses and connects these areas. Foreseeing a possible conversion into future residential units, the building’s flexible structure was designed to allow for such a repurpose of its program. The resulting silhouette, and the alignment of its highest points with the trackside façades of the two adjacent plots, will ensure a powerful and unified building amid the area’s planned structures, further defining the distinguished context of the surrounding ‘Europaallee’.

Image Courtesy © WIEL ARETS ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: WIEL ARETS ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Europaallee ‘Site D’
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Project team: Wiel Arets, Alexis Bikos, Jelle Homburg, Jochem Homminga, Boris Wolf, Roel van der Zeeuw, Tieme Zwartbol
  • Collaborators: Marcos Romeros, Olivier Brinckman
  • Client: SBB Immobilien
  • Consultants: Amstein + Walther AG, JägerPartner AG SIA/USIC, B+P Baurealisation AG, GKP Fassadentechnik AG, Aadorf
  • Size: 20.000m2
  • Date of design: 2012-2013
  • Date of completion: 2017-2020

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Gastropavilion ETH Hönggerberg in Zürich, Switzerland by Tuñón & Ruckstuhl Architects GmbH

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Article source: Tuñón & Ruckstuhl Architects GmbH

The gastronomic pavilion at the ETH Hönggerberg has been conceived as a prism that serves as an architectural filter between the campus and the landscape and serves as a meeting point for teachers, visitors, employees and students, as well as a reception place for international guests. On the south side opening to the campus and on the north side allowing to enjoy a beautiful view over the wide landscape, the building has an open and flexible structure and its series of wood porticoes form an elegant hall.

Image Courtesy © Luis Asín

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Tic Tric Trac in Zurich, Switzerland by Baumschlager Eberle

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Article source: Baumschlager Eberle 

Tic Tric Trac, an ensemble of three buildings in Zurich’s Binz district, is designed for tenants with innovative ideas of their own. The top-quality shell has been conceived with a view to young creative agencies and dynamic start-ups as well as expanding companies with a floor space requirement of at least 1,000 square metres.

Image Courtesy © Baumschlager Eberle

Image Courtesy © Baumschlager Eberle

  • Architects: Baumschlager Eberle
  • Project: Tic Tric Trac
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Client: Swiss Life AG
  • General contractor: Implenia Generalunternehmung AG
  • Project architect: Marc Fisler
  • Assistance: Marius Cerha, Ina Brink, Tomasz Walecki
  • Landscape architect: Müller Illien
  • Structural engineer: Frick & Gattinger
  • Building physics: Braune Roth AG
  • Building technology: Ospelt Haustechnik
  • Site area: 12.766 m2
  • Area of building: 3.850 m²
  • Gross floor area: 46.915 m2
  • Net floor area: 39.534 m2
  • Building volume: 158.711 m³
  • Commencement of planning: 2008
  • Commencement of work: 2012
  • Completion: 2014

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Blumenhaus in Zürich, Switzerland by WAA

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Article source: WAA 

A mixed-use program of office and retail, with private residences above, define the Blumenhaus. The building is an integral component of a larger effort by the city of Zürich to rebrand its Escher-Wyss district through a metamorphosis of new development, including green spaces, bikes lanes, and a plethora of new housing. The district is characterized by its industrial heritage, and palette of raw concrete, burgundy brick, and rusted steel; it is bounded to its north by the Limmat River, and to its south by the entanglement of railway tracks that lead to the city’s main train station. Blumenhaus is adjacent to a former ship-building hall–or Schiffbau, in German–of Escher Wyss & Cie., an industrial company that was absorbed by another in the twentieth century; its expertise was turbines and electrical engineering. When the company left this location, the area began to decline in its industrial prominence, opening a path toward its redevelopment. Yet, some industry continues to inhabit the district, enabling a confluence of gastronomic, commercial, service, and other residential-supporting businesses to further define this once neglected area, just north of Zürich’s old city center.

Image Courtesy © Jan Bitter

Image Courtesy © Jan Bitter

  • Architects: WAA
  • Project: Blumenhaus
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Jan Bitter
  • Client: Allreal West AG
  • Project team: Wiel Arets, Alexis Bikos, Tieme Zwartbol
  • Collaborators: Dunja Nedjar, Aline Amore, Boris Wolf, Felix Thies, Marcos Romero, Jelle Homburg
  • Consultants: Eichenberger AG, Gruenberg+Partner AG, BB & A Buri Bauphysik & Akustik AG, Gutknecht Elektroplanung AG, Hager Partner AG
  • Size: 4.500 m2
  • Date of design: 2011-2015
  • Date of completion: Summer 2016

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Archaoelogy Switzerland at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich by ATELIER BRÜCKNER

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Article source: Atelier Brückner GmbH

Archaeology Switzerland – National Museum Zurich

The National Museum Zurich provides a new permanent exhibition, designed by ATELIER BRÜCKNER: “Archaeology Switzerland”. It is located in the new building by the architects Christ & Gantenbein, which sculpturally complements the old museum building and makes a continuous and uninterrupted visitor viewing route possible. 500 square metres of exhibition floor space in the shape of lightning lie between the existing cultural-history presentations of the Swiss National Museum. New means of gaining access to the past are thus created – and not only for Swiss people.

Image Courtesy © Daniel Stauch

Image Courtesy © Daniel Stauch

  • Architects of the exhibition / Exhitibion designers: ATELIER BRÜCKNER GmbH
  • Project: Archaeoloy Switzerland at Swiss National Museum
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Text: by Claudia Luxbacher. English translation by Sean McLaughlin
  • Photography: Daniel Stauch
  • Software used: Vectorworks 2013, Adobe Suite CS5 / Photoshop / Indesign / Illustrator /After Effects & Keynote 2009

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BSZ . Reconstruction of a Townhouse with New Steel Balconies in Zürich, Switzerland by idA buehrer wuest architekten sia ag

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Article source: idA buehrer wuest architekten sia ag

The living and business house was built in 1893 and accommodates six 3.5-room apartments, an art gallery in the ground floor and a motorcycle workshop in the basement.

The dwelling levels are fully refurbished. The formerly North and street orientated living-/dining room is now facing the quiet south. The floor plan, which was divided into small sections with entrée, bathroom and kitchen, is now dissolved. A new infrastructure box with bathroom and kitchen is added and is spliting the loft like room in entrance, living and dining area.

Image Courtesy © Valentin Jeck

Image Courtesy © Valentin Jeck

  • Architects: idA buehrer wuest architekten sia ag
  • Project: BSZ . Reconstruction of a Townhouse with New Steel Balconies
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Valentin Jeck
  • Steelconstruction: Tuchschmid AG
  • Completion: 2016

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Grand Café Lochergut in Zürich, Switzerland by Dyer-Smith Frey

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Article source: Dyer-Smith Frey

For the interior design of Grand Café Lochergut Design Duo DYER-SMITH FREY created a contemporary interpretation of the Parisian coffeehouses in the 50ies.

On almost 130 square meters, encirled by generous window facades, the Grand Café Lochergut located at Badenerstraße in Zurich performs as a perfect “See and be seen” venue.

Image Courtesy © Nico Schaerer

Image Courtesy © Nico Schaerer

  • Architects: Dyer-Smith Frey
  • Project: Grand Café Lochergut
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Nico Schaerer
  • Building area: 130 sqm

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K.I.S.S. – Residential and Commercial Development in Zurich, Switzerland by Evolution Design AG

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Article source: Evolution Design AG

The Swiss architecture and design practice Evolution Design, in close collaboration with the client Swiss Life, created 46 individual 2.5-4.5 room maisonettes and flats with a unique concept.

The aim was to develop flats, which would go beyond the functionality and offer an ideal added value as well as have their own identity. This approach responds to the increasing need of individuality and plurality in our current society. Therefore the development of KISS’s design put the future tenant and his personal lifestyle at the centre of its thinking.

Image Courtesy © Peter Wurmli

Image Courtesy © Peter Wurmli

  • Architects: Evolution Design AG
  • Project: K.I.S.S. – Residential and Commercial Development
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Photography: Peter Wurmli
  • Floor Area Apartments: 4’800 m2
  • Floor Area Shops: 700 m2
  • Received Awards: International Property Award 2013, Winner BEST ARCHITECTURAL MULTIPLE RESIDENCE
  • Completion: 2012
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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