The prestigious municipal architecture award of the city of Zürich, ‘Auszeichnung für gute Bauten Stadt Zürich’, is founded in 1942 and is only given away every five years for what is considered Zurich’s “most successful buildings”. The Flagship store Bucherer is among the 12 laureates build between 2016 and 2020. As Mayor Corine Mauch said during the award ceremony: “The buildings impressively present the diversity and high-quality development of Zürich.”
The flagship store for the Swiss jeweller Bucherer, designed by Office Haratori and Office Winhov, is a renovation of the existing building from 1961. The building heads a small perimeter block on the corner of Bahnhofstrasse and the historic Kuttelgasse. The existing natural stone facade is replaced with a regular facade grid made up of angled marble elements. The recessed surfaces in the facade contain the windows for the upper floor offices. At the corner, the elements develop into bay windows, orientating the building towards the perspective of the Bahnhofstrasse. The plinth, with typical shop windows, is constructed of poured bronze elements with decorative patterning.
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