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The Circle at Zurich Airport

riken yamamoto & beda faessler as Architects

Design Requirements


The competition program made the following requirements.


Swissness: The Circle at Zurich Airport is to express in its compact spaces not only the high standard of living in Switzerland but the beauty of contemporary Switzerland.


Surprise: The Circle at Zurich Airport is to be full of surprises and to inspire visitors and users. Spaces are to be created that will delight visitors by a distinctive combination of extraordinary services and diverse and changing perspectives.


Connections to the World: The Circle at Zurich Airport is to be as comfortable as home for cosmopolitan international travelers. To be connected to the rest of the world means being a place where people from all over the world meet and services responsive to their needs are provided.


Design Outline Concept


1. Swissness


What is Swissness? We architects were asked to answer that question. Swissness is precision. That is our belief. We believe that precision is the outstanding characteristic of Swiss design, from small objects such as watches to large objects such as buildings. Its precision has special significance in the world not only in design but in economic service systems symbolized by insurance and banks, political and administrative systems and medical technology. We believe Swissness, even before it is made manifest in form, is a way of thinking developed over time by the people of Switzerland. We want to give thorough expression to that Swiss precision. This architecture of extremely slender columns is a symbol of that Swissness. The columns, made extremely slender through PC construction technology, will produce an architecture of unprecedented delicacy.


2. A New Town, the Circle


The Circle is neither a nineteenth-century city nor a twentieth-century city intended for rational and economic ends but an entirely new city for the new lifestyles of the twenty-first century. There are bound to be new ways to enjoy a city that are completely different from the ways of the past. This is a city for everyday life as well as for special ways of life and special events. People gather from around the world to experience those special ways of life and special events. However, this is neither a fictional community such as Disneyland nor a town organized solely for consumption but a creative city that will exert a powerful influence on the rest of the world.


3. Divers(c)ity


The medieval cities of Switzerland that are the actual centers of everyday life for people today are extremely flexible precisely because they retain their old structures. They may be used at times as a restaurant and at other times as a brand shop, and at still other times as a comfortable hotel. Two adjacent buildings may be used as one. Though their structure and design may remain unchanged, they can be used in an extremely flexible way because an extremely close relationship is established between urban infrastructure and architecture. That is the secret to their great durability. The Circle too is such a city. We would like to re-create the structure of a medieval city with entirely new technology, construction methods and design. Though it will be an entirely new design, it will seem somehow familiar to visitors.


Summary of the Comments by the Jury


From the terminal, the project has the image of one enormous building with a dynamically curved facade. However, seen from the green hill of [umlaut over second 'u']Butzenbuel[umlaut], it seems like a small city.


Inside, streets and plazas form a sequence of meandering, variegated spaces. In response to internal uses, areas where the extremely slender PC columns are pitched closely together and other areas where they are pitched further apart are mixed together on the facades lining the streets and plazas. Event spaces, brand spaces, shops, cafes, hotels and entrances face these streets and plazas--these are places that evoke the Old Town in Zurich. On the fourth-floor level of the streets, a glass surface that is both roof and floor is extended three-dimensionally; office lobbies, hotel lobbies and restaurants are on this level. That is, spaces that are highly public in character are layered spatially and visually on two levels.


Programs for "Education and Knowledge," "Culture and Event," "Brands and Dialogue" and "Special Services" are accommodated mainly on the first three floors. These correspond to the three levels below the glass roof over the streets and plazas. "Health and Beauty" and "Hotels and Serviced Apartments" are accommodated on the fourth floor and above; spas and five-star hotels are arranged to look over [umlaut over second 'u']Butzenbuel[umlaut] Hill. "Headquarters and Offices" occupy approximately one-half the total floor area of this building and are arranged over the entire site on mainly the fourth floor and above.


In the streets and plazas, there is a staged spatial progression from the public to the semi-public, and from the semi-public to the private, that is expressed by a gradual reduction in scale both in plan and section.


The construction period is expected to be divided roughly into two or three stages. The way the construction period is divided can be easily changed in response to market trends because of the way the volumes are organized.

Prisma for Iris Bar - Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport The Circle

PRISMA as Manufacturers

Prisma for The Circle, the prestigious structure at the Zurich Airport

Opened in November 2020, The Circle is the largest commercial development project in Switzerland. Located just a stone’s throw from Kloten airport, the impressive real estate complex designed by Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto, covers an area of 180.000 square metres and includes several office areas, two hotels, a park, a convention centre, shops, showrooms, spaces dedicated to hosting events and festivals, a health centre and a university hospital. The appealing semi-circular structure - a sort of ‘micro-city’ - is a perfect example of sustainable and energyefficient construction: The Circle has achieved LEED® PLATINUM certification, the highest standard awarded by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

Owned by Flughafen Zürich (FZAG) - the company that manages the airport - and the Swiss Life insurance group, The Circle was designed and built to adapt to the needs and new lifestyles of contemporary travellers.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

Inside the The Circle Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport Hotel - the first of the two exclusive hotels inaugurated in March 2021 - stands the Iris Bar. It is an elegant location with a sophisticated mood whose star is the scenographic bar counter, a custom-made creation by Prisma, featuring highly functional elements, a unique design and a strong visual impact.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

Stainless steel and Blue Agate are the materials which alternate to give shape to a ‘luminous’ configuration, fascinating and with a strong personality. It is capable not only of defining the atmosphere of the environment, but also of making the guests’ experience aesthetically special. The top and covering of the bar counter are, indeed, made of slabs - assembled by hand - of Natural Agate geods, a semi-precious stone which combines a variety of colors and intense shades that are reflected in the environment, made even more extraordinary by the LED backlighting of the counter.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

Prisma bar counter has been built to ensure optimal organisation of the different activities and the best final result. The back of the counter is made of elements on wheels equipped with superstructures and glass shelves for storing bottles and glasses: a practical and flexible solution that can be easily moved according to the needs.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

The Iris Bar counter - in the The Circle Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport Hotel - highlights the know how and sensitivity of Prisma in creating highly professional concepts capable of surprising and satisfying an increasingly demanding public, attentive to the style of the environment and to the constant demands of fashion and design.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

With Prisma, the bar counter is the protagonist of the space that welcomes it, becoming a complement which - in harmony with the general mood the place - personalises and identifies it, so as to give customers a pleasant sensation of well-being.

photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini
photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini
photo_credit Luca Girardini
Luca Girardini

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