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A corner of the new Zurich stadium is already in place

A large circular window hole, and a dazzling white, curved facade. On the volcano road, ten minutes walk from the Altstetten train station, is already a piece of ZSC-Arena.

The whole Area is equipped with an orange Board fence. No trespassing. And in the West, to see in the corner of the huge, leveled building site, from the train well, there is already a somewhat surreal-looking piece of building.

All in White: The curved façade, the appearance of the Arena shapes. Image: Tom Egli

The first thought at the sight of it is: We have presented to us the Swiss-Life-Arena, as the stadium of the ZCS Lions is called, is greater. It is also bigger: "What for a few days on the big construction site, is only a Mock-up, a visual model," explains Bruno Vollmer, the internal project Manager for the ZCS Lions. "In the mass of one to two staff."

setting Up such a mock-up was requested by the office for urban planning, so that the specialist can check people, whether in shape, color and Material matches what was approved. It was for such large projects as usual, says Vollmer.

Friendly-looking bull's-eye

The positioned Element is a piece of façade, a window, a door, and an arcade. The façade corresponds to what we know of the visualizations of the office Caruso St John Architects, which won the project competition for the new stadium of the ZSC Lions .

The round window, reminiscent of bull's-eyes, even somewhat friendly, the facade seems to be elegant. But what is happening with the columns? Must be the so-ventricose, almost flaschig? In the plans, they are simply grey and straight. Nevertheless, the first impression is: good.

So you should look for once: visualization of Swiss-Life-Arena. Image: ZSC Lions

"That's good", is also convinced Vollmer. Time to be well on the way. Currently, the required poles are set, then the stadium can really grow in height. But in the mass one-to-one staff.

The lion's cage 2022 in operating

It should be an interesting site, because the items are not delivered to such pre-fabricated and site assembled, but the place produces and concreted. It is planned that the "lion's cage" in Altstetten 2022 in operation.

Some of the Work in the field of development are expected to need but a little longer: for example, the Flyover, the nearest tram stop, Werdhölzli with the Arena. Else should be done, hope at least the Fans of the ZSC Lions: the Overcoming of the sports slump in the first team, which missed for the first time in thirteen years, the championship round.

The new ice hockey arena will provide space for 12'000 Fans. So that really set the mood arises, is provided behind the gate is a Floor pad for the Hardcore Fans. In the outdoor area of a public Restaurant.

The new Arena, a training field, so that the women's team and the juniors get is also enough ice age. To certain times of this are also open to the population of Zurich for ordinary skating.

How is it in the hard tower?

It was a long way to go, the real estate Department of the ZSC Lions: In March of this year, on the occasion of the ground breaking ceremony, they wrote in their media release: "After eight years of planning and approval phase, it is finally time and the ZSC Lions can start with the construction work." Finally! What to say as the football clubs?

two kilometers air line of the future Swiss Life Arena is the wasteland of the former Hardturm stadium. At the Moment it is occupied by caravans. Nothing, but nothing suggests that here, soon, a football stadium could be created.

back in 2008, the legendary stadium has been demolished, is not at all clear when the new building is opened. While the voting population has adopted last November at the third attempt, the stadium project, but the sod is still far.


First of all, it was still a vote to clarify the legal complaint. This has, as at the beginning of April, was informed, definitely. Currently, the private design plan for submission to the city Council in work is in accordance with the information of the municipal financial departments.

This is then submitted to the municipal Council. The decision should fall according to the Plan, in the late summer. It is time in the schedule, means the competent authority. In Parliament, he will probably go through, but the last word is not spoken.

Against the design plan for a Referendum can be taken against the following steps, prior to the construction permit, are appeals possible, which could be moved to the Federal court. Thereat can easily pull six years into the country. The construction period is approximately three years.

Currently, one hopes in the city that no response by the courts. "Specifically, we know it but only if the design is flush to the public or the building permit has been issued and the deadlines have expired," says Catharina Fingerhuth of the media.

Double the reason to celebrate

without Controversy, the project was not, however, so residents were residents of Höngg against the, in their opinion, too high building.

In the second-the worst case for the proponents of the new hard tower would be so until 2028 kick-off. In the worst, it would be based on the final whistle. All runs round, would be the hard tower 2022 done. Then football could celebrate Fans and Eishockeyaner together.


Created: 01.05.2019, 08:08 PM

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