e-Science Lab of ETH Zurich

With the implementation of the Strategic Excellence Projects at ETH Zurich in the areas of life science, computational science, information science and entrepreneurial science, new research projects and working groups have been created for which there is not enough space in the existing buildings. The new e-Science Lab HIT at the Hönggerberg campus is to cover these space needs in the future.

Beta was commissioned by ETH Zurich to coordinate the study competition, from the preparation of the specifications and competition documents up to the preliminary examination of the study's assessment.

In May 2001, the prequalification of the architect and planning team took place. Seven teams were selected to participate in the study competition, of which Baumschlager-Eberle-Grassmann, Gigon/Guyer and von Ballmoos Krucker were then asked to rework and refine their projects following the initial assessment by the evaluation committee.

In February 2002, the evaluation committee - including Prof. G. Schmitt, Prof. M. Diener, M. Dudler and Prof. H. Kollhoff - decided in favor of the reworked project by Baumschlager-Eberle-Grassmann.

Along with the urban development aspects of their project, the Austrian architects won over the committee with the idea of a large interior to promote interdisciplinary communication and provide a flexible space for exhibitions and events as well as with the separation of public and private work areas.

The flexibility of use ETH called for in the specifications was likewise incorporated by the studies. The interchangeability of the rooms in regard to their function was of particular interest.

ETH Zurich included the e-Science Lab HIT in the current "Baubotschaft" (message on construction projects) for submission to the Federal Councils.

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