Zurich main station’s south wing unique insights into the refurbishment of a once-in-a-generation building.

Zurich main station’s south wing unique insights into the refurbishment of a once-in-a-generation building.
17 December 2018, Martin Riesen

Zurich main station’s south wing unique insights into the refurbishment of a once-in-a-generation building.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the refurbishment of Zurich main station’s world-renowned and time-honoured south wing was held on 11 June 2018. Built in 1871 and designed by architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner, this striking listed building is the central hub between Bahnhofstrasse and the main station, its imposing preface stretching down far beyond the station forecourt. The entrance to the so-called Wannerhalle, with its extra-high rooms and colonnades, is a real gem, meaning it is also on the list of protected monuments of regional significance.

As the lead project manager, I’ve been supervising the construction work very closely. Dealing with conflicting goals in a project is particularly challenging: preserving the historical structure, ensuring a sustainable flexibility of use, managing costs and deadlines and sharing the knowledge acquired among those involved in the project in the digital age.

In a blog post series, I’m providing insights into the extraordinary and unique construction site for refurbishing this once-in-a-generation building in the centre of Zurich. The following videos show what has happened since the ground-breaking ceremony and architect Bernhard Aebi’s vision for the refurbishment.

A complete refurbishment of the south wing of Zurich main station

 

Martin Riesen
Project manager

There is the odd surprise, of course. If you look at the dry-stone and foundation walls, you can easily imagine that we’ve encountered one or two surprises.

Bernhard Aebi
Aebi & Vincent Architekten

What is bound to surprise people will be the value that’s been added to the building. It’s being decluttered so that they will be able to appreciate the old structures again.

Alexander Muhm
Head of Development SBB Real Estate

After the refurbishment, you will be able to experience the south wing of Zurich main station as it was originally intended. We’re recreating the ‘innate spirit’ of the building. What’s new about this old building is actually its oldness.

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