Restaurant Fischerstube, Zurichhorn

Client Amt für Hochbauten Stadt Zürich
Architects Architekturbüro Patrick Thurston, Bern
Planning 2014-2019
Execution 2019-2021
Construction cost 23.9 Mio. CHF
Services Structures in steel and reinforced concrete, pile foundations and excavation:
Design phase
Tender documentation phase
Execution phase
Engineering partner Indermühle Bauingenieure, Thun (timber construction)
Staubli, Kurath & Partner, Zürich (hydraulic engineering)
Photos Juliet Haller
Topics Industry/tradeHydraulic engineeringStructural steelworkMinergieConcrete construction

The “Fischerstube”, built in 1939 as a temporary structure for the National Exhibition, burnt down on 31.12.1956 and was rebuilt in its original form, but partly with different materials. An examination of the condition of the supporting structure revealed that the piling of the “Fischerstube” together with the supporting grid and the embankment wall passing under the “Fischerstube” was in a desolate condition. Based on these investigations, it was decided to break down the “Fischerstube” and replace it with a new building. The project for the replacement building takes over the essence of the original building, with a traditional roof construction made of wood, and a thatched roof. In addition to the new replacement building for the “Fischerstube”, a pavilion with a new garden buffet was realised on the land side. The first floor of the pavilion houses the building services centre, which is connected underground to the “Fischerstube” via a media canal. The lakeside ensemble consists of the main wing with the “Fischerstube” restaurant, the “Fischerhütte” as a smaller annexe for events and seminars, and an open lakeside terrace. The three buildings are situated above the water level of Lake Zurich and are founded up to 15 m deep in the lake bed by means of steel supports and driven piles. In the case of the “Fischerstube”, the loads of the wooden construction are absorbed on a concrete platform and transferred to the steel supports and driven piles. The “Fischerhütte” and the lake terraces were realised exclusively in wood and steel respectively.