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.
Tic Tric Trac in Zurich, Switzerland by Baumschlager Eberle
October 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
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.
The rental area of 27,800 square metres radiates an open and vibrant atmosphere that would delight Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewie and Louie, known in German as Tic, Tric and Trac, who have given the complex its name. baumschlager eberle have devised a spatial concept that meets current needs for highly flexible and cost-effective commercial space. The ensemble’s showpiece is a 700 square metre creative mall linking all three buildings at the first floor level. This multifunctional open area provides an informal meeting point for the tenants and ample space for events. The ground floor will accommodate shops, cafés and restaurants catering for the daily needs of the tenants and local residents.
The outstanding external feature of the complex is the two-part, concrete curtain-wall facade which corresponds with the structure of the interior space. The thermal envelope with its extensive window glazing is supplemented by circumferential concrete elements, the projecting nature of which ensures extensive shading and dispenses with the need for any additional protection against the sun. “The continuous static system with load-bearing cores and a column grid of 8.10 metres make the shell very economical inside”, says Marc Fisler, baumschlager eberle’s project manager in Vaduz.
No costly interior work has been carried out. The structural concrete has deliberately been left visible and the building services offer considerable flexibility. Marc Fisler: “The heating has been installed alongside the facade and the many electrical cable ducts buried in the concrete ensure an optimal basic structure. Other technical equipment such as ventilation, cooling and additional sanitary units have been prepared at the core and can be installed by the tenant as required.” The 2.7-metre modular grid relates to the construction and so facilitates the individual finishings and the refinement of the rental space.
In urban development terms Tic Tric Trac fits effortlessly into its commercial surroundings. The buildings along Räffelstraße take their cue from the volume of the structures in the neighbourhood. The tallest building has ten storeys, rises up 40 metres and thus makes maximum use of the permitted height for the neighbourhood.
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With over 400 completed buildings, baumschlager eberle counts towards one of the successful architecture firms in an international context. The quality of its work since the founding of the company in 1985 has won it notable recognition and numerous awards. The fact that the work of baumschlager eberle is so widely accepted results from a concept that is able to combine the specific demands of a building with the user’s wishes as well as cultural sustainability. The teams working in the ten branch offices in Europe and Asia have a special architectural responsibility: for the client, the regional context and the social environment. At the same time, enough scope is left for realizing aesthetic visions. This complete approach is the basis for confidence in baumschlager eberle’s architecture and the flexible range of services they offer whenever and wherever necessary with the aim of constructing sustainable and thus economically efficient buildings.
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