SBB main railway station, roofs on platforms 3/4 and 17/18, Zurich

Client Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, Bauabteilung III, Knoten Zürich
Architects Knapkiewicz & Fickert Architekten, ZürichMeili, Peter Architekten, Zürich
Planning 1995
Execution 1996-1997
Construction cost 10 Mio. Fr.
Services Structure and excavation:
Design phase
Tender documentation phase
Execution phase
Awards Brunel Award 1998
Topics Structural steelworkInfrastructureConcrete constructionFair faced concrete

The new platform roofs are the expression of an ongoing architectural and structural discussion. They demonstrate, in their entirety, how an urban planning, architectural and structural design project takes shape under strict economic and time constraints. The final form of the structure is the result of constant checking and scrutiny. It reflects the architectural intention and the structural design rationale.

The two new 240-metre-long platform roofs on the north and south sides of the main station are characterised by their spatial supporting structure. The spatial system is made up of simple and proven load-bearing elements. From the point of view of structural efficiency, attention was paid to ensuring that the spatial elements combine to produce synergies rather than being merely additive.