vetschpartner Landschaftsarchitekten: The Sechseläutenplatz (Sechseläuten Square) is part of the overall project ‘Opera House, Opera Parking and Sechseläuten Square’ whose aim it is to enhance the public space between the Bellevue and the Opera House. The basis for the transformation of the former Sechseläuten Ground to the Sechseläuten Square was the political decision to replace the parking space in front of the Opera House by an underground parking. This project ‘opus one’ came out as a winner of a three level, internationally tendered, competition. With the proposed concept, the Zurich Opera House receives a prominent position on the square. And a new representative square is created that forms an expanded stage for the Opera House. The Sechseläutenplatz consists of natural stone parquet; it allows multiple utilisation and development possibilities and shall mainly be available to the public. Selectively placed clumps of trees in different seize and density dance playfully like Ballerinas across the site. In contrast to the expanse of the square the islands offer together with the movable chairs a protected and shady rest below the roof of the trees.

Landscape Architecture: vetschpartner Landschaftsarchitekten AG, Zurich
Client: City of Zurich, Civil Engineering Department
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Competition: 1. Price, 2000-2001
Feasibility Study: 2004
Design Development: 2007-2010
Construction: 2011-2014
Area: 16 500 m2
Architects: Zach & Zünd Architekten, Zürich
Photos & Text: vetschpartner, Manuel Bauer