Swiss innovation service provider Zühlke has taken occupancy of its new office space in JED.
JED, based at the former NZZ printing facility on the outskirts of Zurich, is establishing a new business hub designed to bring innovation-driven companies together in a space that combines industrial architecture with modern workspaces.
Zühlke's 10,000m2 space extends over two parts of the building, which differ in size, height and structure and offer such a high degree of flexibility that they can be redesigned at any time according to user needs.
The former packaging and distribution warehouse now functions both as a representative entrance into the world of Zühlke and as a multifunctional semi-public space, with a prototype workshop, meeting and conference rooms and various workspaces.
In the former printing hall, in which the multi-storey printing press once stood, Zühlke's expansive office space now extends over a total of six floors. At the centre of the space is an open atrium, offset from one storey to the next. By alternating from single to two-storey heights, the atrium creates extraordinary connections across all levels.
In both parts of the building, the interplay of high, open areas with closed rooms creates an exciting environment which, in addition to openness, also offers numerous opportunities for retreat. Materially, wood plays an essential role, creating a homely atmosphere and complementing the industrial character of the raw steel and concrete structure.