In addition to Moneo, Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi and Swiss workshop Livio Vacchini entered the final of the competition in early spring this year.
The task for them was to create a project for a center for holding congresses and conventions worth no more than 190 million euros. It will have to appear on the site of the existing complex for the same purpose in 1937.
The Moneo variant is a volume with a cubic base and broken outlines of completion. It is completely glazed, the facades are decorated with thin horizontal stripes.
A large funnel-shaped niche marks the position of the main entrance to the building.
The facade from the Zurich Lake side is complemented by a trapezoidal ledge of the restaurant with panoramic glazing.
The jury chaired by Peter Zumthor noted in Raphael Moneo's project that it successfully connects the city, the neighboring park and the lake shore, reflecting the energy and character of Zurich; the new congress center is tactfully integrated into the surrounding space and is consistent with the scale of the historical development.