Photos by Simon Menges. OverviewIn 2012, the previous-existing municipal building at Wasserwerkstrasse 127a in Zürich- Wipkingen, accommodating the Tanzhaus and the Swiss Textile School, was destroyed by a fire.In 2014 Barozzi/Veiga won the international competition carried out by the Amt für Hochbauten Zürich, for the construction of a new building and the transformation of the entire bank of the river Limmat.The construction work for the new Tanzhaus started in September 2016 and ended at the end of May 2019, in compliance with the budget of 14.398 Mio Chf.DescriptionThe project seeks to reactivate the promenade along the Limmat River, transforming and redefining the current residential conditions of its location.
In this way, the building is defined as a simple and tiered volume of space integrated into the slope and barely noticeable from
the outside. An element that enables a new public space to be generated on its roof and that connects the existing itineraries at different levels that intertwine along its bank.The transformation by Barozzi/Veiga had sensitively addressed the listed building ensemble.
By precisely incorporating the replacement new building into its environment, the project skilfully combines old and new.The building resolves the relationship with its surroundings through the definition of its main façade. Composed through the repetition of a singular element, that enables the building to be integrated into the Limmat’s urban environment, the triangular openings characterize the main interior spaces of the building, and singularize its visual impact through the vegetation along the riverside, providing the Dance school with a distinctive identity.
The programme is clearly organized across two levels, separating private uses on the upper level from public uses on the lower one.
This division permits, firstly, different accesses, which activate the circulation around the building, and secondly, work with different scales on the two levels, reinforcing the building’s public nature at the level in direct contact with the Limmat.
At the lower level, the main foyer runs over the entire length of the façade and gives access to the production rooms and the main multifunctional hall.
This space, which spans two storeys, is provided with daylight on the side.
The upper level accommodates the Tanzhaus offices and backstage spaces.The project by Barozzi/Veiga consists in a new cultural building for the city of Zürich, which reflects the importance of the Tanzhaus as one of the most important centers for contemporary dance in Switzerland.Full name: TANZHAUS ZÜRICHLocation: Zürich, SwitzerlandCREDITSClient: Eigentümerin Immobilien Stadt Zürich Represented by Stadt Zürich, Amt für HochbautenPrincipal Architects: BAROZZI / VEIGA | Fabrizio Barozzi , Alberto VeigaDesign Team: Katrin Baumgarten, Verena Recla;Patrick Boner, Paola Calcavecchia, Raquel Corney, Marta Grządziel, Adrien Mans, Cristina Porta, Agnieszka Samsel, Ivanna Sanjuan, Malte Sunder-Plassmann, Diletta Trinari, Maria UbachProject manager: LeanCONSag | Dominik SchlatterStructural engineer: Pöyry Schweiz AGServices engineers: hps energieconsulting AGWalter Salm, Meier & Partner AG Gerber + Partner Haustechnik AGFaçade consultant: GKP Fassadenplanung AGBuilding physics and Minergie consultant: Energiekonzepte AGStage Design: Tokyoblue GmbHAcoustic consultant: Rocket Science GmbHLandscape Architects: Müller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten GmbHSignage: WBG AG | Weiersmüller Bosshard GrüningerUsable floor area: 1.500 m2Competition: 2014Project: 2015 – 2018 Construction: 2016 – 2019Budget:14.398.000 CHF (aprox.