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  5. Wiel Arets Architects
  6. 2013
  7. In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects
In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Richtistrasse 1, Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
  • Collaborators

    Flavio Loretz, Jörg Lüthke, Ruth Val Garijo, Virginia Angell, Anira Niso, Angela Tsang, Mikal Switalsky, Jacques van Eyck, Maron Vondeling, Christina Lotzemer Jentges, Joost Körver, Ilze Paklone, Alexandra Dobrowowolska, Boris van Eijsden, Joris Lens, Thomas Misik, Lucia Miglio, Hannes Scheutz, Dunia Nedjar, Francois Steul, Alexis Bikos, Athanasia Karaioannoglou, Victor Hidajat, Aline Amore, Birgit Schwarz, Tieme Zwartbol, Boris Wolf, Chris Frodsham, Alessandra Ferrari
  • Area

    72000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Consultants

    GKP Fassadentechnik AG, R+B Engineering AG, Ahochn AG, Jäger Partner Bauingenieure AG, GRP Ingenieure, Kardorff Ingenieure
  • Client

    Allreal Generalunternehmung
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

The hybrid program occupies two buildings, a high-rise and a five-story building, which are linked by a series of bridges that enable the various offices, employee amenities, retail facilities, restaurants, and cafés of the complex to be both easily accessed and fluidly interrelated.

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

Beginning with the large open stair that rises 72 meters through the building from the main entry hall, the horizontal layering of the office floors is opened up and the spaces connected through a series of vertical voids that link separate floors visually and physically.

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

These multi-story voids create short cuts between floors through the use of open stairways, which produce varied spatial relations and connections throughout the section of the building. Circulation to and from these stairs and voids is towards and perpendicular to the outer glass skin, while circulation on each floor takes place along and parallel to the façade, so that the buildings are always alive with movement.

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

The exterior glazing is in two layers, with a computer-controlled sun-screening curtain between, and the interior lighting and materials were selected based on both longevity and comfort, allowing for the modulation of the spatial atmosphere as desired by the inhabitants. 

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

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Cite: Nico Saieh. "In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects" 09 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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