Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, 8 January 2019 – The FORUM UZH was unveiled to the public today. This is our second project in the city of Zurich, and like the Kinderspital, it is of great public significance, located in the historical heart of the city.
The FORUM UZH brings the faculites of law, economics and modern languages together in one building in the middle of Zurich’s university and hospital quarter. The new university building consists of a topographical plinth for teaching, a hovering stand-alone building for research and a unifying Forum.
Herzog & de Meuron: “Space is at a premium around the university, more and more area is required for diverse institutions to guarantee a future for their research and teaching missions. How, then, can spaces be created for people and nature?
Only by placing many of the uses in an elevated building have we been able to bring daylight into the terraced plinth and make room for the public space that we were aiming for. The inviting atmosphere and the numerous trees will make the large plaza in front of the new building and also the Forum itself a new focal point of university and urban life.”