Currently the largest construction site in Switzerland, the “Circle” is planned to start operation in 2020. Costing around CHF 1 billion, it will include attractive office space, two Hyatt Group hotels, a medical center of excellence from the University Hospital Zurich, as well as art, culture, gastronomy and education facilities.
Approximately half of the 180,000 m2 of usable floor space has already been let. Behind the major overhaul, which is regarded as the "best-developed location in Switzerland", is Flughafen Zürich AG (51%), together with co-owner Swiss Life AG (49%). The construction was originally planned in two stages, but the "Circle" is now being completed in one step by the end of 2019 due to the high demand for rental space.
Designed on a napkin
The concept was designed by star architect Riken Yamamoto. He sketched the architectural vision of the building eight years ago on a paper napkin. The Japanese architect was inspired by the historical Zurich old town with its winding streets. At the laying of foundation stone in spring 2017, Yamamoto pointed out that more than just architecture will arise between the airport and the neighboring park at Butzenbüel: "We create a new, to us still unknown city."
Schindler will install the 86 elevators and hand them over from summer 2019 onwards. The elevators are mainly Schindler 5500 units as well as some special customized elevators.