The forwarding hall is a single-storey hall for cargo handling on the grounds of Zurich Airport. Werner Sobek was responsible for the project’s object planning, structural engineering and facade planning. The hall is over 200 m long in an east-west direction and about 40 m deep. The building has a biaxially curved, dynamic form in which the boundary between roof and wall was deliberately “blurred”.
Flowing Elegance from a Single Cast
The arched roof with metal roofing encloses the hall with a flowing gesture and at the same time seamlessly forms the south facade. Thus the hall appears to the “public” side – Flughafenstraße – as a homogeneous, closed form in which wall and roof merge into one another without any change of material. The slight curvature in an east-west direction reflects the existing topography; the biaxially curved form presents the hall to pedestrians and passers-by as a scaled volume.
Werner Sobek, Stuttgart/Germany
2008 − 2009
2009 − 2010
Services by Werner Sobek
Object planning (WP 3 acc. to SIA 102)
Structural engineering (WP 3 acc. to SIA 103)
Facade planning (WP 1 acc. to UBF)
Unique, Flughafen Zurich AG, Zurich/Switzerland
Nina Baisch, Konstanz/Germany