politicians submitted in to the member of the Parliament session of Monday a proposal in which a new building for the Zurich municipal and a member of the Parliament is required. The goal is to be an open house, in which the population with the boards in contact.
ETH-students are poring over such a project. Launched the semester task of the professors Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer, who designed the Prime Tower. The results of the students are presented at the end of may. Architect Mike Guyer takes today.
Mr Guyer, how did you come to include the issue of a new town hall in Zurich?
In today's troubled but interesting times of the climate, the yellow West and Brexit-protests Considerations to our town hall as a place of parliamentary decision-making and the representation of direct democracy are important. Not, I noticed, that most of you know, the Zurich town hall, and it is also never from the inside. The current building, from remote times, represents a strange mixture of Zwingli Republican modesty and simultaneous desire for Representation. It has, however, within the city life sorry, there are no public relevance.
What are the requirements to be a "house of democracy"?
The town hall will be a civic forum, in the events, concerts and exhibitions take place, as well as a Bistro with a Café, and a Bar on the ground floor accessible to the public. One meets there, everyone knows it. It is an important place in the city, its concise architecture expression is strong. The Council chamber is a special room that has been in the media repeatedly seen and anyone back knows.
How would you tackle it?
In the design semester at the ETH, we first analyzed other town halls, organised a fictional Discussions with all the students in the present Council chamber and invited the group President and President of the Kantonsrats to a panel discussion. Then all of the students, space, light and material moods researched, in a visual Statement combined and according to their political stance, a spatial concept developed in the city of a location.
there Are role models?
perhaps The most striking example of a house of democracy of the Palazzo della Ragione in Vicenza, with its dome hall, the Silhouette and with its presence, the history of the city is shaped.
is a new town hall?Yes
To the parliaments get out of the old town hall?
Yes, I think the two parliaments of the Canton and the city had in the prosperous Zurich is quite a striking building earns, the public accessible and up-to-date and more efficient Working parliaments will be allowed.
Why not the old town hall, hollow out and re-equip?
The old town hall you should do this to not, it is an important building in our history. It could be used after a soft Renovation for events and for example the exhibition about Zurich, is now installed in the national Museum.
there Are initial ideas from the student body, maybe even crazier concepts?
Yes, there are town halls in privileged places like the Bellevue, the Bauschänzli or paper growing area in planning. Or in the middle of the old town, next to the Linden and Münsterhof, in the Helvetia, or Bucheggplatz, on the Gerold areal to the Prime Tower as well as at the train station Oerlikon. Each location weighted by the importance of the town hall to the city in a different way. (Tages-Anzeiger)
Created: 15.04.2019, 15:50 PM