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We spent a couple of afternoons exploring the industrial Zürich West and the neighboring Kreis 5 area.  We visited Freitag’s flagship store in a stack of shipping containers (the subject of a future blogpost) and checked out the area’s shops and restaurants. A remarkable string of about 50 shops and studios were created under the arches of a railway viaduct that stretches across the area. See Im Viaduct’s site here and the plan below (click map to enlarge).  A high-tech recycling plant is located next to it.  One cannot help but compare this with NYC’s High Line which I blogged about a few months ago.

Schiffbau hall is at the heart of a complex (Schauspielhaus).  It is a massive converted factory/warehouse which now houses a couple of  bars (Nitturm bar at the top with 360° view), a jazz club (Moods), two stages (Schiffbauhalle and Box), and a restaurant (LaSalle).  Schiffbau literally means ship building –  apparently the ships built in these factories sailed the lakes of Switzerland.  This is really a great place to socialize and enjoy live music.  We ate dinner at the restaurant but did not have time to see the club or theatre. More about the restaurant tomorrow.

Im Viaduct

moods – the jazz club

matchbox – the theatre


One Comment

  1. love the space of schiffbau and the materials they use. another fine example of how to ‘recycle’ old buildings. HK really need to learn… (sigh)

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