Special stopping point infrastructure for Zurich Public Transport (VBZ)

Paravents (Screens) on Max-Frisch-Platz

The challenging project at Zurich Oerlikon railway station is finally done.

The city’s major stations are more than just transportation hubs. A good example is Oerlikon station in North Zurich – now one of the ten largest and most important in Switzerland. It has served over 100,000 commuters and pedestrians every day for decades. In recent years, the city of Zurich and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) have generously extended and altered the station, which was having to cope with increasingly higher demands. In the course of construction work, BURRI was commissioned by VBZ to create stopping point screens for Max-Frisch-Platz that would cover the many needs of commuters.

The basic structure consists of precision-lasered steel tubes that are both hot-dip galvanised and painted. The facade, which is made exclusively of TECU® Bond Brass, is protected by an anti-graffiti coating. VBZ timetables, info-light boxes and vending machines for snacks, drinks and tickets are all flush-mounted with the stopping point. A cash point is elegantly integrated into the larger screen. Thereby, the cosy centrepiece is a generous niche including a seating surface in high quality larch. At nightfall, it is illuminated from above by the surrounding INLINE LED technology.

The custom-made stopping points were developed on behalf of VBZ using a design by ABE Architekten. BURRI undertook the complete construction and assembly, which posed a special challenge in the light of the spatial context and time constraints. The outcome of the successful cooperation – an ensemble of solid wood roof and lightweight yet robust screen – is perfectly tailored to the customer’s needs