New building at the Erdgas Zurich work yard, Zurich

Client Erdgas Zürich
Architects Mathis Müller & Ueli Müller Architekten, Basel
Planning 2000-2001
Execution 2001-2003
Construction cost ca. 5.0 Mio. Fr. (expenditure-determining construction costs)
Services Structure and excavation:
Design phase
Tender documentation phase
Execution phase
Photos Lüchinger+Meyer
Topics CommercialIndustry/tradeConcrete construction

The new Erdgas Zürich AG building in Altstetten, Zurich, is used by the operator as a works yard and central store, as well as an office building. The cube-shaped structure is situated close to the Europa Bridge and the A1 motorway, which carry heavy traffic loads. The architects responded to this special situation as follows: they arranged the building along the western boundary of the property and designed closed façades on the western and northern sides that define the character of the building. The building has a basement with a usable floor area of approximately 3,400 m². The four-storey office block above it, however, has a floor area of 1500 m². The flat ceiling slabs, which are pre-stressed along the line of the supporting columns, are characteristic of the building’s style. The column grid measures 10.6 x 10.0 m. The basement ceiling slab is designed to bear an imposed load of 15 kN/m² (1500 kg/m²) and can thus support a heavy goods lorry with a total weight of 40 tonnes. In the entrance areas, the supporting structure is also an architectural feature and is therefore constructed in fair-faced concrete. For the excavation pit, it was necessary to lower the water table over a large area using filter wells.