Switzerland-based e2a Architects created the beautiful, sophisticated Centre of Hearing and Language in Zurich. The project is a modern renovation of an early twentieth century school located in a spacious green park. The original building experienced various extensions over the years in a "piecemeal fashion," making the renovation project even more challenging. For the Swiss architects, the main objective was to enhance the building's original qualities and establish the classic building as a new functional unit.
According to e2a Architects, the renovation began by focusing on the restoration of the building’s original structure. The resulting design has a jutted entrance hall on the ground floor with three identical stories stacked on top, creating an L shape. Perhaps the most striking feature of the new building is its perforated, raw aluminum cladding, which covers the facade like a hanging metallic curtain. The reflective quality of the exterior permits the building to blend in with its surroundings, adding a natural quality to the structure.
Although the renovation restored the building’s original grandeur, new features such as the elegant staircase were also installed throughout the building. The entrance, hallways and communal areas were left as open, minimal spaces, complimenting the elegant style of the new furniture and finishings. In contrast to the austere open spaces, the individual classrooms are equipped with high-end materials and finishes that create a lively and encouraging environment.
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