Testplanung Tierklinik Campus Irchel, Zurich, 2015, Planning

Animal yard in the city

The animal clinic is envisaged as an independent ensemble within the complex as a whole, which consists of new, low-rise buildings with open courtyard spaces and two existing buildings that are deemed worthy of preservation. The extensive courtyards contain the required grazing areas, which are defined on three sides but which also interlock with the outdoor spaces on the slope side.

The central square serves as an arrival area and meeting place for the animal clinic and creates a connection between Irchel Mitte and the neighbouring housing developments. The new and existing buildings relate to each other and at ground floor level house the important public functions. The courtyard of the large animal clinic, in which grazing livestock are kept, is accessible to the public and conveys a specific, animal-friendly atmosphere in which animals and humans can encounter each other.

historic image


Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057 Zürich


Universität Zürich

Bildungsdirektion des Kantons Zürich,

Baudirektion Kanton Zürich,

Amt für Raumentwicklung


Urbanistic study of future development of the University Zurich-Irchel


Urbanistic study based on workshops

Planning period



Zwahlen + Zwahlen


Pedro Cardoso, Lorenzo Giuliani, Christian Hönger, Christian Senn