Special structures – Tuchschmid

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Kirow Canteen and Restaurant, Project Oscar Niemeyer, Leipzig

Category: News, Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2018 - 2019
Location: Leipzig (DE)
Owner: Kirow-Ardelt GmbH Leipzig
Architect: Oscar Niemeyer, Realisierung Architektur: Jair Valera / Harald Kern
Engineer: Ingenieurbüro Förster + Sennewald München

A futuristic spherical building designed by the Brazilian star architect Oscar Niemeyer is being erected on the premises of the Kirow factories in Leipzig. The white sphere (diameter 12 metres) of concrete, steel and glass placed on one corner of the listed brick building will attract many visitors as an architectural highlight. At the same time, the canteen and restaurant will be open to the public and will serve as a meeting and event venue in the
mixed quarter of artists and industry. Tuchschmid is responsible for the detailed planning and realisation of the two large curved spherical cutouts made of steel and glass. A crystalline glass (Liquid Crystal Glass) developed by Merck is installed in the upper glazing level, which can give shade at the touch of a button.

Shower Cubicles, 7132 Hotel, Vals

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2016 - 2017
Location: Vals
Owner: 7132 Hotel Vals
Client: Priora AG Chur
Architect: Thom Mayne Los Angeles/New York

For the Pritzker House, a separate building complex of the 7132 Hotel in Vals, Tuchschmid created 22 unusually shaped shower cubicles in  a white and yellow design. An intensive planning phase was required by Tuchschmid before the cubicles could be installed. The showers are composed of three spherical curved printed glass panels and an aluminum construction for the shower floor. The LED-lit shower cubicles are a central element of the rooms designed by the world-famous architect Thom Mayne.

Pavilion School Building Steckborn

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2016 - 2017
Location: Steckborn
Owner: Primarschulgemeinde Steckborn
Architect: BischofPartner Architektur AG Romanshorn

On the shores of Lake Constance, an architectural highlight has been built on the grounds of the school building in Steckborn. A seemingly floating shell of weathering steel with a diameter of 10 meters. This “Wok” was assembled on site from several elements, rotated and placed on three slender supports. The roof, together with the sliding glass elements, serves as weather protection for the students and for public events. (Film of Bischof Partner Architektur AG)

Rotary balcony Meet2Create, EMPA NEST, Dübendorf

Category: Special structures
Year of construction: 2015 - 2016
Location: Dübendorf
Owner: EMPA Eidg. Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt Dübendorf
Architect: Zapco Architekten GmbH Basel
Site managem.: ffbk Architekten AG Zürich

The NEST is a modular building solid core with exchangeable living and working areas. This research project is supported by EMPA, AEWAG, ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne. It includes various research modules that are used practically over a period of five years. Tuchschmid is responsible as planning and implementation partner for the rotating balcony. When changing from the inner to the outer space by the press of a button the turntable (diameter 2.9 m) moves with the door element, the fixed glazing stays in place. With the rotary operation, the handrail expands achieving its desired stability after reaching the predetermined outside position and takes over the function of fall protection.

Bus stop Kartause Ittingen, Warth

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2016
Location: Warth
Owner: Stiftung Kartause Ittingen Warth
Architect: harder spreyermann Zürich
Engineer: BHAteam Ingenieure AG Frauenfeld

Lying idyllic in the vineyard covered hills the monastery Kartause Ittingen has constructed a covered bus stop adding value for visitors. Constructed from 10 mm steel sheets the bus stop stands out not only by the elegant form, but also by the beautiful appearance, brought on by the iron particles in the special surface coating. The building measuring 5.06 x 2.76 m x 3.10 m (L x W x H) was delivered and installed in one piece. Overall, 5.5 tonnes of steel.

Redevelopment of “d’Gass” Metzgergasse, Buchs SG

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2014
Location: Buchs SG
Owner: Alliva AG FL-Mauren
Architect: Kaundbe Architekten AG Buchs, Kugel Architekten D-Stuttgart
Engineer: Ferdy Kaiser AG FL-Mauren

A complete renovation of the Metzgergasse in Buchs has evolved into a very unique, one of a kind structure for Switzerland. Within minutes the 11 m wide membrane roof spanning the shopping street unfolds to a length of 50 m. To make this possible, custom-designed steel consoles as well as reinforcing elements were planned in detail, manufactured and assembled by Tuchschmid supporting the complete membrane roof structure.

Silo 6 Sugar Refinery Frauenfeld

Category: Bridges, Special structures
Year of construction: 2013
Location: Frauenfeld
Owner: Zuckerfabriken Aarberg + Frauenfeld
Client: Stutz AG Frauenfeld
Engineer: BHAteam Ingenieure AG Frauenfeld

Frauenfeld Sugar Refinery’s largest silo (Silo 6) was completed just in time for the 2013 sugar processing season. It includes a 51 m high staircase consisting of both interior and exterior stairs and a 54 m long conveyor bridge constructed by Tuchschmid. The conveyor bridge comprises of a lateral support structure, the floor structure as well as supports and openings for filling devices. The bridge is clad with a facade and a continuous hand rail to three sides.
A ring rail was also planned, produced and installed to the inside of the Silo roof. Surface treatments were given particular attention, as the components inside the silos required hygienic coatings. The spectacular installation of the bridge components on the roof of the
silo also attracted many spectators.

Treetop way Masoala Rain Forest, Zoo Zurich

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2012 - 2013
Location: Zürich
Owner: Zoo Zürich
Client: Eberle Landschaftsbau Herisau
Architect: Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten AG Zürich

The Masoala Rain Forest in Zurich Zoo will become even more attractive for visitors. The new treetop adventure trail consists of two conical towers, 18 m and 10 m high, which are connected with a bridge approximately 10 m above ground. Visitors can stop at two platforms on the way up the first tower and can pass over from the lower platform to the second tower via the connecting bridge returning via the actual path. The towers consist of eight respectively six curved steel stanchions with intermediate supports and platform structures of steel and wood. The structure will be covered with nets and complimented with planting pockets. The ​​installation work was performed under difficult conditions in the midst of the animal and plant world at around 30 degrees and humidity of 80 %.

Paul + Henri Carnal Hall, Château du Rosey, Rolle

Category: Stainless Steel Construction, Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2013 - 2014
Location: Rolle
Owner: Institut Le Rosey Rolle
Architect: Bernard Tschumi Architects New York
Engineer: Alberti Ingenieurs Lausanne
Site managem.: Fehlmann Architects Morges

The oldest private school in Switzerland has given its Arts Program a new platform with the spectacular expansion of the “Carnel Hall”. The 80 m diameter domed building houses an 800 seat auditorium for concerts, theatre and conferences. Adjoining rooms also offers music classrooms, practice rooms for instruments, choir, orchestra and art studios. The exceptional, sophisticated architecture of the building boasts simplicity, modernity and beauty. The stainless steel roof has an area of ​​4’900 m2 covering a more than 570-ton steel structure. The playfully integrated skylights have a glass area of ​​150 m2.

Connection Plessur – Halde, Chur

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2010 - 2011
Location: Chur
Owner: Hochbauamt des Kantons Graubünden Chur
Architect: Esch. Sintzel GmbH Zürich
Engineer: Dr. Lüchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure, Zürich
Site managem.: Zoanni Architekten Chur
Award: Prix Acier 2014

The merger of the middle schools Plessur-Aue and Halde is, thanks to the new pedestrian link, also physically and visually complete. Adapted to the topographical conditions the deliberately rusted steel structure winds up the hill slope stretching a distance in the lower part of 13 m and the upper portion 16 and 21 m. Corten steel panels form the walls and roof of the connecting passage. Corrugated and perforated steel sheets, also in rusted finish, serve as a stair railing. With views of the mountain students can, thanks to the openings in the wall panels, let their imagination run free as they ascend and descend the stairs.

Monkey Enclosure Basle Zoo

Category: Special structures
Year of construction: 2011 - 2012
Location: Basel
Owner: Zoologischer Garten Basel
Architect: Vischer AG Basel
Engineer: Pfeifer Ingenieure Konstanz (D)

With the new design of the monkey enclosure, the great apes at the Basel Zoo have a new home with generous open spaces and as well as quiet areas. The outdoor enclosure is covered with netting which is attached to special steel plates arranged and welded like a tree atop of steel tube masts complete with concrete casing. A total of 39 masts up to 16m tall will be installed. The sophisticated design is produced from a mix of stainless steel and galvanized steel.

Flood protection Sihlcity, Zurich

Category: Special structures
Year of construction: 2010
Location: Zürich
Owner: MEG Sihlcity Zürich
Client: Wincasa AG Winterthur

The flood protection measures at the Sihlcity shopping centre are in place to prevent the flooding of the basement levels and underground parking. The heart of this flood protection is a hydraulically operated steel door located at the underground parking entrance off Giesshübel Road. The steel door which is 7.3 m long, 3.9 m high weighs 9 tons. Together with the specialist engineer, Tuchschmid were responsible for building this custom built solution including documentation, commissioning and instruction of the components to the client. Special steel manhole covers, water-tight doors, valves, hydrants and dam barriers; all provide protection against flooding.

Phoenix Storage boxes

Category: Special structures
Year of construction: 2011
Location: Kölliken
Client: ARGE Phoenix c/o Walo Bertschinger AG Kölliken
Engineer: Tuchschmid AG Frauenfeld

The transportable steel storage boxes support the rehabilitation work being done at the Kölliken hazardous waste landfill. Contaminated material is placed and provisionally stored in the steel boxes which are 12.5 m x 4.7 m x 2.0 m (L x W x H). The densely welded boxes offer a guarantee that the ground is not contaminated with the waste material. After an analysis is completed, the contaminated material is removed from the box and properly disposed. The delivery consisted of 24 steel boxes and was tailored to the client in-house development of Tuchschmid.

Light Mast Hard Bridge, Zurich

Category: Special structures
Year of construction: 2010
Location: Zürich
Client: ARGE Hardbrücke c/o Locher AG Zürich

An important part of the architectural concept of the renovated “Hardbrücke” (Hard Bridge) are the distinctive light masts. The 130 rectangular, tapering masts have lengths of between 6 m and 9 m. Three different types of these uniquely shaped masts were produced to fit the various situations on site. The “duplex” finish application and a special colour provides the corrosion protection.

Sound Control Glazing Jacob Burckhardt-Haus Basel

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2003 - 2004
Location: Basel
Owner: I.B.O. AG Basel
Architect: ARGE Zwimpfer Partner / Krarup Furrer / Architekturbüro Streib Basel
Engineer: Walther Mory Maier Bauingenieure Basel

The Jacob Burckhardt House east of the Basel main train station is a residential and office complex of a special kind. Glass walls connect the three main buildings separating the courtyards from the noisy outside world. The cable spanned, tempered glass construction, with a height of 13 m and  widths of 17 m and 21 respectively, provides a view of the colourful artworks in the courtyards as well as offering protection against noise. The invisible steel structures within the buildings support the cable structure from building to building.

Terminal Gate, Verona (Italy)

Category: Special structures
Year of construction: 2008 - 2009
Location: Verona
Owner: Quadrante Europa Terminal Gate S.p. A. Verona

The most modern transhipment terminal in Europe, the Compactterminal Terminal Gate, in the northern Italian city of Verona is the interface for the major intersection of freight routes in the European interior. The north-south corridor through the Brenner Pass connects Germany with Italy and the West-East corridor Portugal and Russia. In addition, Verona benefits from the direct connection to its international airport as well as close proximity to the Adriatic ports. The terminal consists of four 554 m crane tracks set 10 m high on a steel construction. Equipment includes two intermodal container cranes with a span of 34 m and one intermodal container crane with a span of 27 m along with five horizontal transfer units at ground level. The payload of the spreaders is a maximum of 41 tons.

Reiss Fashion House, Headquarter, London

Category: Windows and facades, Special structures
Year of construction: 2007 - 2008
Location: London
Owner: Reiss Fashion London
Client: Como Construction Ltd. London
Architect: Squire and Partners London
Engineer: Fluid Structural Engineering London

The 460 m2 large acrylic panel facade shrouds the London headquarters of the Reiss Fashion House like a white veil. The structural steel construction required to secure the facade is completely hidden behind the panels. The surface of the acrylic has been machined to a complex array profile of large vertical gauges of varying width and depth, within which are etched with even finer vertical striations. The individually controllable LED-bars allow the building envelope to appear as a barcode or as a waterfall. The 5-storey commercial building is a new attraction near the famous London shopping district of Oxford Street.

Spire of Hope, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

Category: Stainless Steel Construction, Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2006 - 2007
Location: Belfast
Owner: The Board of St. Anne's Cathedral Belfast
Architect: Colin Conn Architects Belfast, Robert Jamison Architecs Belfast
Engineer: Ramboll Whitbybird London, Taylor & Boyd LLP Belfast
Award: RIBA Award 2008

With the 54 m high “Spire of hope” Belfast receives a new landmark. The unusual,round and pointed at both ends, stainless steel mast glows as a new tower over the St. Anne’s Cathedral, and also penetrates 15 m into the church.The modern and spectacular building is an impressive symbol for hope and peace in Northern Ireland.

Airside Center, Zurich-Kloten Airport

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 2002 - 2003
Location: Zürich-Kloten
Owner: unique zurich airport Zürich-Flughafen
Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw + Partners Ltd. London
Engineer: Ove Arup + Partners International Ltd. London
Award: Prix Acier 2005

With the completion of the Airside Center an architectural highlight was created at Zurich Airport. The light-filled hall connects the terminals A and B. The space frame construction with a length of 240 m and a width of 50 m is supported on the west side with 24 inward inclining and up to 17 m long columns, which also serve as a horizontal stabilizer. The east side is supported on 27 bearings plates which allow for + / – 200 mm horizontal movement. The white roof construction, which slopes in all directions, seems to float above your head. With 14,000 different steel parts, of which 3,000 were different shaped steel pipes, this project was one of the most demanding projects in Tuchschmid’s history.

Monolith Expo.02, Murten

Category: Artwork, Special structures
Year of construction: 1999
Location: Murten
Owner: Expo.02
Client: Nüssli Special Events St. Gallen
Architect: Jean Nouvel Paris
Engineer: Emch + Berger AG Bern

The “Monolith” – a steel cube with an edge length of 34 feet – is the main attraction of the Expo 02 Arteplage in Murten. Within just five months the most unusual museum in Switzerland was opened. Past and present come together in this rusty cube and show the fascination of panorama art in a very impressive way. First, the steel support structure was built around the crane on the platform before the facade of mill finish steel plates were hung to steel structure. All material deliveries were made on the waterway. The assembly and disassembly of the crane were carried out by helicopters.

Culture and Congress Center, Lucerne

Category: Special structures, Steel and Glass structures
Year of construction: 1996 - 1998
Location: Luzern
Owner: Trägerstiftung Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Architect: Jean Nouvel Paris
Engineer: Elektrowatt Engineering AG Zürich
Award: Europäischer Stahlbaupreis 1999

Lucerne has created a landmark of international renown with the Culture and Congress Centre designed by the architect Jean Nouvel,. The gigantic roof of this milestone building spans 23 meters above the Europeplatz and out to the lake basin. The complex steel structure, 110 m long and 103 m wide, with its 45 m free spanning cantilever is one of the most important steel structures of Switzerland. The roof structure with steel beams up to 3.7 m in height is covered by a brilliant aluminium 7,000 m2 roof soffit.