“Seeterrasse” Herrliberg-Feldmeilen – the name says it all

The SBB and the municipalities of Meilen and Herrliberg intend to jointly develop the Herrliberg-Feldmeilen train station area – a green gap in the settlement strip of the right bank of Lake Zurich. In a study commission, suitable urban planning, architectural and open space planning solutions were sought for the upgrading and consolidation of the area, in particular through new buildings with residential and service uses. In the opinion of the jury, the competition team of ARGE Hosoya Schaefer Architects / gus wüstemann architects with S2L Landschaftsarchitekten and Transitec Beratende Ingenieure provided the most convincing answers to the numerous and complex questions formulated in the program of the study commission. Lüchinger+Meyer was entrusted with supporting the design work in the field of structural engineering.
The design “Seeterrasse” (Lake Terrace) is consistently oriented to its name and proposes a diverse new ensemble of reception buildings and residential buildings along the tracks in addition to the listed goods shed, the individual buildings of which are each granted a generous share of lake view. An attractive public lake terrace and a bus yard complete the project.
“The project “Seeterrasse” impresses with its clear concept and its consistent implementation. […] Obviously, the team has succeeded in combining the three disciplines of urban planning/architecture, open space and traffic in equal measure and in developing a coherent, cohesive whole for the challenging task,” the jury praised the winning project.

The structural design of the new buildings is determined by hybrid typologies of recycled concrete and Swiss wood, taking into account the sustainability and economic requirements, and aiming at the greatest possible flexibility of use of the buildings.
The structurally most imposing new building is the bridge-like station building. With its constructive raw aesthetics, this unites the public use of the station with living in the upper floors. Two concrete stair cores and two concrete side flanks support two massive concrete beams 1.60m high at roof level over a span of 18m. The middle part of the building is suspended from this concrete structure as a wooden structure like a light wooden bridge, which is reinforced above the first floor with glued laminated timber beams 2.5m high. This creates a column-free station hall under the innovative wooden structure with a view of the lake, which can be used flexibly for the changing needs of the SBB.

If the Corona situation allows this, the submitted contributions to the study commission will be on display in a public exhibition in summer.

(Visualizations: Filippo Bolognese Images)