JED: Join Explore Dare
New head office for Halter with an industrial character
Halter Offices 5.000 m2
Total 35.000 m2
Building volume 147.000 m3
In November 2020, Evolution Design successfully completed the second phase of construction on the JED project, delivering 5,000 m2 of stunning office spaces for the second anchor tenant, Swiss construction and development company Halter. This stage of the project features five new floors, an internal atrium and a crowning roof terrace, in what was a technically demanding conversion.
JED, based at the former NZZ printing facility on the outskirts of Zurich, is establishing a new business hub designed to bring innovation-driven companies together in a space that combines industrial architecture with modern workspaces. The first anchor tenant, innovation service provider Zühlke, moved into its new office in April 2020, marking the completion of the first phase of the project.
The second phase continues to showcase the architectural concept by offering spatial diversity and highlighting the industrial heritage of the building, combined with distinctive contemporary architectural elements.
The top floor is particularly representative of the concept. A new extension with high ceilings and light filled spaces stretches from north to south. It is bordered to the east and west by former plant rooms that have been opened up to deliver ample light and extended with dormers to the south. The structure of the original trusses has been retained, adding a touch of industrial charm to the spacious room.
The lower floors present a striking visual contrast between the raw concrete structure and light filled halls and, adjacent to the main foyer, offer a smooth transition from public to private areas.
The highlight of the design is the new atrium, which unites all five floors and delivers natural lighting into the interior of the building. It creates a bright and visually exciting space, that fuses the building’s historical character with contemporary features.
«This stage of the project was a challenge for everyone involved, especially from a structural and technical point of view,» says Jessica Mentz, project lead and associate at Evolution Design. «The new extension, combined with the construction of the dormers and the introduction of the atrium, required complex interventions in the existing building. This approach has certainly paid off, as we have managed to deliver unique spaces with unmistakable identity.»
In the spirit of JED (Join, Explore, Dare) – a hub for knowledge transfer and innovation – the newly created work environments offer an ideal framework for interaction and cooperation. With the handover of this second phase, the construction of JED approaches completion: the final phase is expected to be delivered in early summer 2021.