ABB Learning Factory Zürich

Result of an international, company-run competition for ideas. The global company ABB is planning to restore a number of former industrial halls located near to the company’s headquarters in Oerlikon, Zürich. The conversion, which will meet listed building restoration criteria, will result in a prestigious new training centre, the so-called “ABB Learning Factory”. The area, covering ​​approximately 10.000m², will consist of training rooms for international managers, exhibition space, an area for internal company events, a restaurant area and offices. Through the “house-within-a-house” approach the unique, listed framework of the building will be fully preserved. The subtle design of the fixtures and extensions blend perfectly into the existing structure and form an exciting contrast to the industrial character of the existing halls. An imposing sense of space is created through the specific arrangement of the structure and levels. Only a few minor alterations are planned for the building’s exterior, helping to ensure that the historic character of the building both outside and inside remains almost completely intact.

Size: 10.000 m² GFA
Construction cost: not specified
Services: Completion 2013
Dates: planning 2012
Use: Education, Events, Exhibitions, Administration, Gastronomy
Client: ABB Immobilien AG, Switzerland