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Refurbishment Viaduct Arches / EM2N

  • 05:00 - 13 May, 2015
Refurbishment Viaduct Arches / EM2N
Refurbishment Viaduct Arches / EM2N, © Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Ralph Hut © Antje Quiram + 18

  • Partners

    Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Project Leaders

    Marc Holle (Associate), Claudia Peter
  • Project Team

    Harry Bee, Barbara Frei, Jonas Fritschi, José Gómez Mora, Fabienne Heinrich, Peter Jenni, Fredric Johansson, Jörn Küsters, Claudia Meier, Lene Nettelbeck, Philipp Reichelt, Tanja Schmid, Frank Schneider, Cornelia Schwaller, Marcellus Schwarz, Basil Spiess, Christof Zollinger (Associate), Michael Zürcher
  • Cost

    CHF 35.3 Mio.
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© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

Text description provided by the architects. In this project we examine two essential questions: How can an infrastructure element that is a protected monument be programmed and made part of the urban system? In an era with an increasing amount of regulations (energy, hygiene, fire protection etc.) and greater demands for comfort, how can low-budget projects be carried out?

© Ralph Hut
© Ralph Hut

The viaduct is more than just a bridge. Like a mountain chain erected by human hand it appears in the town with a scale derived from the landscape and topography.

Cross Section 3
Cross Section 3

The infrastructure element, originally used as a railway line, is to form a linear park that will be part of a culture, work and leisure mile. This reprogramming of the viaduct initiates two decisive urban impulses: a spatial barrier becomes a linking structure, and the outdoor spaces bordering it are upgraded.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

The viaduct becomes a large-scale connecting machine and a linear building. We view this ambivalence as a fundamental quality and use it as the architectural leitmotiv to symbiotically connect the new uses with the viaduct structure.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

The characteristic Cyclopean masonry here forms the central atmospheric element. The new structures are deliberately restrained so as to emphasise the existing arches. In fitting-out the interiors the future users can choose from a kit of elements or design the spaces themselves.

© Antje Quiram
© Antje Quiram

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Cite: "Refurbishment Viaduct Arches / EM2N" 13 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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