The ‘Beehive’ concept combines studios and offices in one building. In the centre of the volume is the studio complex with the annex rooms and offices wrapped around as rings stacked on top of each other. This creates a spacious atrium above the roof of the complex which functions as a lobby and event space. In order to gain access, views and light, the rings are modified in various places. These modifications also give the building identity, turning it into an impressive object on the skyline of Zurich-Leutschenbach.
The Beehive concept combines studios and offices in one building. The studios (together with the stage direction department) are located in the centre of the volume; their position is fixed. The studio annex rooms and offices are wrapped around the studio complex as rings and stacked on top of each other creating one single volume. A spacious atrium emerges above the roof of the studios. The roof of the studio complex functions as the lobby and event space, the atrium supports the climatic conditions inside the building. In order to get access, facilitate orientation and create views from inside as well as outside the building, the shape of the rings is modified in various places. Not only does this allow for new interior lighting configurations but it also creates extra space on each floor: in the form of additional space for circulation and informal meeting areas inside the atrium, or external terraces.
This intervention also facilitates internal cohesion through visibility, the building becomes a connector for its occupants.
By modifying the shape of the rings - the floor plates - the building becomes an impressive object in the skyline of Zurich-Leutschenbach: as a new high-rise typology. The buildings identity is perceived differently depending on the viewers location: Seen from far, it is the unique silhouette which is perceived and makes the building recognizable. From close up, the terraces and variations of the floor plates create the buildings identity. They create spatial relationships with the buildings immediate urban context, whilst functioning as informal meeting areas inside the building.
The lobby is accessed via escalators from the Fernsehstrasse, which enter the building at the point where the rings are opened. The lobby stretches across the entire atrium. Cores are positioned on either end, which provide access (by means of elevators and staircases) to the offices on the floors above. The studios and its annex rooms are accessed at ground level and are interconnected by a continuous circulation route.
A steel construction transfers the load of the upper floors via a transfer level across the studio volume down to the ground. Trusses of a floor-to-ceiling height span across the entire atrium. The news department is located here. The two floors above house the MSC-Technology and Multimedia departments.
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