Anyone arriving in Zurich by train is immediately afforded the opportunity to marvel at one of the city’s most impressive buildings, namely the central train station itself. Designed by Gottfried Semper in the neo-Renaissance style and built under the direction of Jakob Friedrich Wanner, it dates back to 1871. The station, Switzerland’s largest and busiest, is a real gem – a historic symbol of dynamism and one that of course helps to link the city to the outside world.
Every day, more than 400,000 travellers pass through its imposing halls, hurrying to and from platforms or spending time in its retail spaces and restaurants. In order to adapt to growing contemporary logistical demands while also making the building’s architectural qualities tangible once again, it has been completely renovated for the first time in 150 years.
The project demanded the expertise not only of Swiss architecture office