Gentle integration in the urban context
The shape of the outer shell respects the scale of the built environment. At key points, it departs from the building boundary lines and, together with the neighboring buildings, forms generously dimensioned access areas. Together with the Forum Hall, this creates a network of public spaces that penetrates the building.
The main entrance at the tram stop leads from Gloriapark via the Forum Hall to the new reading rooms and the main entrance to the library of the Law Institute. Towards the skyscraper, the façade recedes, so that the course of the Gloriakaskaden receives a second, librarian-shaped, spatial line across the Freiestrasse and Schönleinstrasse.
Invite the public to know
The forum hall resembles a public courtyard, to which a network of more intimate and individually designed meeting rooms are connected to the university. As such, the Forum Hall becomes a pulsating heart, linking the Gloriapark with the libraries as far as Schönleinstrasse into a continuous public space. Upon entering the forum, students and teachers, neighbors and tourists, researchers and explorers will be invited to participate in various stages of public life at various locations. Scenic elements additionally emphasize the public and democratic character of the University of Zurich.
New urban installations
New urban facilities shape the environment of the new Kollegiengebäude and provide space for public life. As thresholds to the building and interfaces to the university district, they mark an atmospheric transition from the public urban space of the university quarter to the public interior of the forum hall. These are places where people meet, discuss with each other, have a quick meal or wait until the smartphone receives its new display.