Connecting neighbourhoods, Negrellisteg in Zurich

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Happy to see a new addition that implements our urban vision for Europaallee in Zurich! A new and iconic pedestrian overpass crossing the track field near Zurich's main railway station opened earlier this month. The infrastructure is named Negrellisteg after Alois Negrelli, builder of the first Swiss railway between Zurich and Baden, which opened in 1847. The project was designed by “ARGE Negrellisteg”, a consortium composed by Conzett Bronzini Partner AG, Chur, Diggelmann + Partner AG, Bern and 10:8 Architekten Gmbh, Zurich on commission of the Swiss Federal Railways SBB and the City of Zurich. The architects and engineers delivered an elegant, light steel construction that discreetly blends into the heterogeneous, busy environment. Crossing the overpass offers the users a new urban experience with unique viewpoints on the tracks, inviting to explore the neighbouring quarters sustainably by walking. The bridge was designed as an open path, emerging from the quarters in a spiral form that leads seamlessly into the bridgework. This continuous form is bordered by a transparent metal railing that allows marvelous perspectives as wide as possible.

Negrellisteg has an important function for Zurich. It connects two previously hardly related city districts that have undergone massive changes in recent decades. One of these is Europaallee, the redevelopment of the station area into a mixed-use urban quarter by KCAP that attracts more people to work and live in the city. Urban development interventions are also imminent in District 5.

The pedestrian overpass by ARGE Negrellisteg implements KCAP's vision of co-existence behind the masterplan for Europaallee, where 4 of these connections are foreseen to boost the accessibility and relationship between the various districts.


Bridge construction/architecture:ARGE "Negrellisteg"Conzett Bronzini Partner AG, ChurDiggelmann + Partner AG, Berne10:8 Architekten Gmbh, Zurich

Client: Swiss Federal Railways SBB and City of Zurich, Civil Engineering Office

Photography: René Dürr