offices wüest & partner

invited competition to design new office spaces in a former stock exchange

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Location: 8001 Zürich
Client: Wüest & Partner AG
Status: competition
Project: 2012
Planning and design: spillmann echsle architekten ag
Visualisations: total real, Zürich

Along with 7 other architecture offices we were invited to present a proposal to convert the former Zurich stock exchange into the head office for international company Wüest & Partner AG.
The ’Alte Börse’ is a listed building from the 1920s and is protected by national heritage. Its spatial character is defined by a central skylight that brings light from above into the former stock exchange floor. The spaces are organised along the outer facades of the main hall.
We adopted the concentric organisation of the existing ring shaped furniture in our design.
The ring concept makes reference to the building’s previous use, while acting as a spatial principle for interior organisation both practically and conceptually. Our aim was to create a spatial intervention that incorporates these features. In our proposal the ring shaped furniture separates the central room from the adjacent spaces. On the inside we proposed a multifunctional open space. The ring provides bookshelves creating a library atmosphere. With its formal character it represents the heart of the company; the brainpool where data is stored and communicated. On the outside of the ring an informal working zone is defined where the data is then processed. The ring provides office spaces surrounded by storage and all other necessary services. Within the ring places are created for thinking, reading and talking. In addition, the ring incorporates all necessary installations for electricity, data, cooling/heating and air treatment. All necessary measures for fire safety are solved within the ring. Respecting the existing building we decided to keep the original steel structure visible. Additional materials such as cement and concrete are kept neutral. By using smoked oak for the ring surfaces, an industrial setting is transformed into an elegant and pleasant atmosphere.