AirSpace: The Circle at Zürich AirPort

Zurich, Switzerland
Asymptote's design for a new commercial, cultural, retail and hospitality component for the Zurich Airport (AirSpace) is to be located directly across from the main air terminals of Zurich Airport. Conveniently connected to global hub that is used by over 22 million travelers each year the complex is a destination for a sophisticated international clientele as well as local residents.
The project includes wide range of diverse functions such as of luxury commerce, state-of-the-art medical facilities, cultural venues, hotels as well as higher education and business facilities.
Asymptote's proposal integrates contemporary design with a highly refined aesthetic of engineered precision in keeping with the sophistication of Swiss culture. In contrast to the surrounding air terminal buildings, Asymptote's design for AirSpace is a coherent assembly of architectural components that projects a strong identity within the airport precinct. The scheme is comprised of four distinctive towers sitting above a three-story plinth.
Physical Model
Atrium and External Courtyards
External courtyards separate the towers yet inter-connected by the 'AirSpace', a dramatic contiguous horizontal interior public space located on the upper most level of the plinth. This brightly colored interior space is a key conceptual driver and signature element of the overall design that is expressed both on the interior and exterior. On the interior this continuous horizontal datum is inflected by vertical atrium spaces that provide visual and physical connection between the lower plinth levels and the towers above.
The AirSpace is a transparent layer; it mediates between the air terminal buildings on the one side and an accessible lush green space on the other, providing visitors with an alternative environment to that of the mechanized space of the airport.
Project Information
Date: 2009

Size: 115,000 sqm

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Architect: Asymptote Architecture

Design: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture

Project Director: Constantin Doehler

Design Team: Danny Abalos, Keehyun Ahn, Sebastian Andia,

Du Ho Choi, Armand Graham,

Oliver Kienzi, Blake Altshuler, Josh Dannenberg, John Guida

Claudia Friesz, Mar Goberna-Perez, Stephanie Harroch, Janine Hartleb,

Robert Hendrick, Zach Hines, Seok Hyeong Hong, Makiko Nukaga,

Byungjeen Seo, Yujin Sim, Difeng Zhou

Client: Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG)

Local Architect: Itten-Brechbuhl

Structural Engineer: Thornton Thomasetti

Lighting Engineer: Bartenbach LichtLabor

Façade Consultant: Billings Design Associates