Glattalbahn BUILDING.KIT

Lead Designer
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Prize(s)2nd Place in Transportation / Mass Transportation
Entry Description

Category Transport Architecture
Zürich Tram Station Project
Glattalbahn BUILDING.KIT
Improving quality of life
The Glattal municipalities and the Canton of Zurich wanted to encourage optimal economic development of the Middle Glattal. Two key elements of this effort are: using spatial planning to improve quality of life, and providing a balanced high quality supply of public and private transport infrastructure.
The requirements of the design consisted of developing conceptual plans for system components. To do this we followed a systematic design evaluation process focusing on six equally weighted quality goals. These consisted out of the three sustainability triangle goals: social, economic and environmental compatibility, supplemented by the project goals: safety, durability and enhanced serviceability. The design is the result of balancing these six quality objectives.

Continuous design
The stations, catenary system and infrastructure share a consistent design based on a distinctive systematic and modular architecture. Individual infrastructure elements contribute significantly to overall appearance and appreciation of the surrounding environment. The Glattalbahn’s design highlights relationships between spaces and their functions. Connections, access routes and paths are clearly apparent. Special measures are introduced at stations and in their surrounding areas to call attention to the tram system.

Industrial design
The Glattalbahn’s standard station components were tested by constructing a pilot station early in the project. This station was used to finetune the standard component design ensuring that it met the needs of all users. The uniform infrastructure design also brings significant cost advantages. Thanks to industrial production, economies of scale were achieved and costs were reduced – even for high quality items.

Facts and Figures
- 23 stations / 41 station moduls
- Size of a station module
length 15 m (10 moduls à 1,5 m)
height 3,50 m
width 0,44 m
roof area 31 m² (2,6 / 12 m)
material of cladding 12 mm steel
- 550 mast structures for the catenary system
- height of mast 9,5 m
- weight between 800 kg to 1100 kg
- material



1995-1996 Ludwig Erhard Haus (Stock Exchange), Berlin
1996-1997 Hal 9000 Cemex, Monterey Mexico
1997-1999 St. Botolphs House, City of London, England
1998 Paddington Station Phase 2, London England
1997-1999 Ij Burg Bridges, Amsterdam, Holland
1998-2004 Airside Center, Zurich Airport, Switzerland
1998-2004 Main Station + Landside Shopping Center, Zurich Airport, Switzerland
2002-2004 Shopping Mall, May Gruppe Bad Säckingen, South Germany
2003-2004 Shopping Mall, May Gruppe Waldshut, South Germany
2004 House H, Germany
2004-2005 Swisscom Move Project, Switzerland
2005 Dubai Tower, Dubai
2005-2006 Resmed Projects, Germany, Switzerland, Austria
2006-2011 Schengen Masterplanning, Zurich Airport, Switzerland
2007 Main Secutity Check-in Building, Siko Turm, Zurich Airport, Switzerland
2006-2010 Schengen fitout and Passport Control Systems Zürich Airport, Switzerland
2007-2011 Extention of Skymetro an Immigration Hall, Zurich Airport, Switzerland
1999-2012 Glattalbahn, Zürich
2010-2014 Masterplanning Burri AG, Zürich
2008-2011 Historic Refurbishment Amthaus 1213, Waldshut
2009-2014 Tram Hardbrücke, Zürich, Switzerland
2010-2012 New Trainstation Zürich Hardbrücke, Zürich, Switzerland
2010-2011 Retail Building, Stettbach, Zürich, Switzerland
2011 Production and Services Building, Burri AG, Zürich
2011-2012 New plattform concept Trainstation Zürich Hardbrücke, SBB Switzerland
2010-2012 Service and Maintenance Buildging Glattalbahn, Zürich Switzerland
2011-2015 Public furniture Building.KIT for Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland


The aim is perfection. We do not accept the 80/20 per cent rule. Our every day practice is an interdisciplinary work relationship early in the project with specialists and engineers. The design philosophy is an overall design process up to the detail. The product and building range reaches from master planning, airports, train stations up to the product and industrial design of public infrastructure and furniture. The equilibrium of design, cost, program, feasibility, ecology and corporate image are forming all our products.