New School Building, Fachhochschule Sihlhof, Zurich

Client SKV Immobilien, Zürich
Architects giuliani.hönger architekten, Zürich
Planning 2000-2001
Execution 2001-2003
Construction cost 42 Mio. Fr.
Services Structure and excavation:
Design phase
Tender documentation phase
Execution phase
Awards - best architects 2009
- contractworld Award 2007, 3rd price (category other buildings)
- Auszeichnung guter Bauten im Kanton Zürich 2006 (recognition)
- Auszeichnung guter Bauten der Stadt Zürich 2002-2005
Publication Spatial Concrete Plate Structures
Topics EducationConcrete constructionFair faced concrete

The functional requirements of the building determine its supporting structure. The façade and the interior corridor walls are load-bearing, which allows a high degree of flexibility in dividing up the classroom space. However, the façade, which is set back in several places, and the changing corridor arrangement result in a complex load transfer system for the vertical loads. Most of the corridor walls are constructed as self-supporting wall panels, to allow generous spans across the interior space.

The components of the supporting structure must meet the requirements of fitness for use, as well as for structural stability. All the interior walls are therefore constructed in fair-faced concrete. The requirements regarding structural stability and those arising due to the selected formwork arrangement mean that special attention must be paid to the structural components.