ZOM-Areal Wetzikon




Zürcher Oberland Medien AG


Wetzikon, Switzerland


Publishing house, retail, residential


8’000 qm


Selected competition


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG

Planning Team:

Vetschpartner Landschaftsarchitekten AG
Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer
Bauingenieure AG
Caretta+Weidmann Baumanagement AG
Pirmin Jung Schweiz AG
Waldhauser+Hermann AG


Filippo Bolognese Images


Within the next few years, the urban development of Wetzikon along Rapperwilerstrasse will significantly change the identity of the area along the station. As a prelude to this development, the ZOM area with the new construction of the headquarters of Zürcher Oberland Medien AG will play a central role.

A block, a point house and a stair tower form an ensemble that embraces a square and continues the urban development along Rapperswilerstrasse. The block creates a clear urban edge towards the station, protects the buildings behind it from the considerable noise caused by the Kantonsstrasse and, with its urban facade, forms a representative address for Zürcher Oberland Medien AG. With the main entrance of the publishing house at the corner of Rapperswilerstrasse and Spitalstrasse, it refers to the historically anchored address of the company.

A protected public space with a high quality is created within the area. The point house, which flanks the square like a pavilion, contributes to the square with its ground floor uses and acts as a mediator between the different scales of the surrounding buildings. Together with the square, it forms a space that invites visitors to linger and serves as a neighbourhood square for the employees of Zürcher Oberland Medien AG, the residents of the ensemble and the neighbouring houses.

The stair tower is the link between the two structures, creating a clear address for the residents on the one hand and serving as an identity element for the entire ZOM site on the other. In its form, the ensemble presents itself as a filigrane composition wrapped in aluminium. The materialisation is reminiscent of the aluminium printing plates required for printing a newspaper, thus creating a link to history and to the function as a publishing house.

The construction is erected in a flexible skeleton structure. In order to efficiently transfer the loads from the residential floors into the load-bearing system of the office floors, the forces on the third floor are transferred via room-high wall bulkheads into the supports below. All other walls are designed to be non-load-bearing and can therefore be placed freely. The stability of the building against the horizontal forces is ensured by means of transversal bracing in the façade. This avoids vertical penetration of solid cores and increases flexibility in the floors.



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Campus Bochum, 2018 –
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Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 43 243 6313F. +41 43 243 6315

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Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 603, 21 Sakaicho, Gojo-Takakurakado, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-8191, Japan
T. +81 75 744 1503