Conversion Terminal B Zurich Airport

Terminal B is the key project in Zurich Airport's framework development plan “Zurich 2010”. It enables parallel processing of Schengen and non-Schengen flights and thus implements the requirements of the Schengen Agreement. 
In this architecturally impressive building, a wide range of demands and needs relating to operations and security have been met, upon incorporation of state-of-the-art technologies. Lasting just 48 months, the highly complex planning and construction process certainly required everyone involved to work at an athletic pace. 

In Terminal B, which a length of 250 meters, a width of 50 meters and a total area of 35,000m², flexible processing of Schengen and non-Schengen flights is possible at nine docking stations and eight bus gates. 

Simplicity and clarity are the fundamental architectural principles behind the structure, its outer appearance and the internal organization. The floors are arranged on the basis of a central axis. Large glass facades and atria bring daylight into the clearly divided spaces. These facilitate orientation, providing perspectives and views. The clearly structured architecture enables a wide variety of uses and serves as a basis for the technological changes of the coming 25 years. 

From the publically accessible viewing terrace, over which the elegant projecting canopy roof sweeps like a giant aircraft wing, the visitor has an incomparable overview of what is happening at the airport. With its flight-related offerings and information, the terrace is one of the top destinations in Switzerland. 

In Terminal B's sustainable overall concept, the architecture, supporting structure and building services equipment correspond with each other: parts of the supporting framework of the old Terminal B were retained, the design-for-recycling method enabled 1,200 metric tons of steel to be reused, and leading state-of-the-art technologies were deployed in order to fulfill all airport-specific technical requirements. Terminal B plays a key role in ensuring that Zurich Airport continues to be one of the most attractive and best airports in the world. 

Flughafen Zürich AG

Period of time 
2008 – 2011

Architecture, general planning

René Dürr