New Construction and Renovation of Dock B at Zurich Airport

Client Flughafen Zürich AG, Zürich-Flughafen
Architects Burckhardt+Partner Architekten Generalplaner, Zürich
Planning 2008-2010
Execution 2010-2011
Construction cost 180 Mio. Fr.
Services Structure and excavation:
Design phase
Tender documentation phase
Execution phase
General contractor HRS Real Estate AG
Photos R C Dürr
Ralph Bensberg
Publication - Ready for Schengen – New Construction and Renovation of Dock B at Zurich Airport - Erhalten zahlt sich aus - Conceptual Planning by the Structural Engineer
Topics InfrastructureStructural steelworkRefurbishmentConcrete constructionFair faced concrete

After a planning and construction period of only four years, the new Dock B at Zürich Airport was taken into service at the end of 2011. The building is 250 metres long and 48 metres wide and is crowned by a strikingly designed roof. It is an outstanding example of how existing structures can be treated responsibly and creatively in the planning process. Thorough prior examination showed that the existing steel structure had a load-carrying capacity which meets the new demands. This laid the groundwork for the decision to implement the new dock on the principle of “building within the existing fabric using the old structures”. The load-bearing structure was enhanced and extended with simple structural elements. The flexibility of the old structure also allowed an uncomplicated implementation of openings for the new site access zones and spacious Atriums.