The new extension building of the university institute on Plattenstrasse in Zurich is located on an “edge” in urban development terms. This is a point of rupture between the large-scale and massive buildings of the university and a neighbourhood structure with small parts and small spaces.
The exterior space of the new extension building is made up of a courtyard and a small plaza. The contained courtyard is formed at the back by the extension building and is assigned to the library. A fountain by the two artists Michael Meier und Christoph Franz adorns the macadamized courtyard, which is edged with small-crowned trees, including Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica), honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), goldenrain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata), Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) and Kentucky yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea), and contained by walls. A staircase made of in-situ concrete connects the courtyard on the north-eastern side to Phönixweg.
In front of Hotel Plattenhof there will be a small plaza, accentuated by a linden tree. It is slighted tiered towards the hotel, so that the hotel can create outdoor seating.
University of Zurich, Canton of Zürich Building Department
Project planning 2013-2014
Michael Meier und Christoph Franz
Gunz & Künzle Architects, Zurich