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Rhine Falls Visitor Center / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten

  • Architects: Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten
  • Location: Laufen-Uhwiesen, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: . Matthias Leuppi, Stephanie M. Schafroth
  • Construction Management: Schmid Architekten Baumanagement SIA
  • Clients: Canton Zurich Building Department, Canton Zurich Real Estate Department
  • Structural Engineers: Walt + Galmarini AG
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Roger Frei, Mark Röthlisberger

© Roger Frei © Mark Röthlisberger © Mark Röthlisberger © Roger Frei

From the architect.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

Located in Canton Zurich, the Rhine Falls visitor center defines the entry to Laufen castle and the pathway leading to Europe’s largest waterfall. The program required integrating a souvenir shop, bistro, public toilet facilities and a multipurpose hall into an existing staff house.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

The difficult task of transforming the nondescript house into a public building was achieved by extending the pitched roof and developing a new skin that wraps the entire structure. The new façade, made of weatherproof steel plates, forms a suit of armor that unifies the building into a primary form.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

On the ground level, folded canopies reveal a second layer with entries, vitrines and a ticket counter. The perforated steel elements on the upper level filter sunlight into the multipurpose hall.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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