After a planning and construction period of only four years, the new Dock B at Zürich Airport was taken into service at the end of 2011. The building is 250 metres long and 48 metres wide and is crowned by a strikingly designed roof. It is an outstanding example of how existing
structures can be treated responsibly and creatively in the planning process. Thorough prior examination showed that the existing steel structure had a load-carrying capacity which meets the new demands. This laid the groundwork for the decision to implement the new dock on the principle of
“building within the existing fabric using the old structures”. The load-bearing structure was enhanced and extended with simple structural elements. The flexibility of the old structure also allowed an uncomplicated implementation of openings for the new site access zones and
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Publication date: 06 May 2013
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