The Medisuisse office building, built on the site of the former Consolato d'Italia, claims a special position in the area. The building complements the edge of the block, but at the same time, like its predecessor, it asserts its independence, since the buildings on the neighbouring plots require the distance they deserve.
With its well-proportioned, simple volume, which defines itself according to its inner logic and is profiled towards Frongartenstrasse and the rear courtyard, but is neutral towards the two sides of the block, the building provides a strong connection to the border of the block. The building marks its independence, but at the same time blends naturally into the surroundings without exaggerated gestures.
Following its constructive logic and the arrangement of uses, the building is designed as an orthogonal volume. The given dimensions of the buildable area create ideal spans for a largely column-free timber construction. Only the first two floors with the courtyard-side extension are divided by the row of columns from the façade above.
Architect: Harry Gugger Studio
Local execution architect: Gemperli Stauffacher Architektur GmbH
Wooden Construction Engineer: ERNE AG Holzbau
Concrete Structure Engineer: MWV Ingenieure AG
Heating and Ventilation installations: 3-Plan Haustechnik AG
Electrical Installations: IBG Engineering
Energy and Building Technology: Gerevini AG
Fire protection: Kolb AG
Foto: Daisuke Hirabayashi