Fachhochschule Sihlhof, Zurich

In order to integrate the building in its heterogeneous surroundings in urban planning terms it has a calm front to Europa-Allee, while on the courtyard side it steps in two-storey blocks. The building reflects approximately the volume permitted by the building regulations and as a result can incorporate the sizable spatial program.

The two universities have a jointly used lightwell, which moves back and forth between single space and coherent courtyard figure. It creates visual and acoustic relationships and produces a strong identity.

The building envelope consists of large windows and prefabricated, three-dimensional artificial stone elements, which are fitted together tectonically so that they create a blocky corporality. The beige-yellowish colour of the polished Jura limestone relates to the dominant shades in the built surroundings.


Lagerstrasse 5, 8004 Zurich


KV Schweiz, SKV Immobilien AG


Competition 1999, 1. Prize


Tageslicht-Award 2010/2014, Finals

best architects 2009

contractworld award 2007, 3. Prize

Auszeichnung guter Bauten im Kanton Zürich 2006, Anerkennung

Auszeichnung guter Bauten der Stadt Zürich 2002–2005

Planning period



Walter Mair

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