Bucheggplatz marks the middle between Zurich West and Zurich North. It is an infrastructural roundabout with seven streets leading into it and four bus and two tram lines in both directions stopping on it. Under its surface there is a tunnel for cars and even deeper another tunnel for trains going through the massive of the hill. A small forestpath connects the square to Zurichs biggest crematory, where more than half of the population is getting incinerated.
30’000 people are passing Bucheggplatz every day. The average time of stay is just a few minutes. When Bucheggplatz became an infrastructural square almost a hundred years ago it was situated on the outskirts of Zurich. A tram loop once planed as a terminal stop still marks its suburban history. During the past years, Zurich has grown bigger and with it, many small interventions have turned Bucheggplatz into a chaotic space in the city.
The proposal is to rearrange the square. Public transport is shifted to one side. In opposition to the transfer area, the other part of the square is turned into a big waiting space consisting of a big garden with a single standing tower in the middle. A garden as a contrast to the stressful character of an infrastructural island and as a celebration of waiting. A tower as an opportunity to spot the whole city which is separated by topography and as a vertical escape out of traffic.
3rd semester Arch Bsc ETH
Studio Tom Emerson
In collaboration with David Moser