October 8, 2018, BRUTALIST BEAUTIES

BRUTALIST BEAUTIES: TRIEMLI TOWER

Esther & Rudolf Guyer, Zurich 1966

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Making no attempts at being pretty, this stark 43-metre high concrete tower leaves no one cold. Of all the early Zurich brutes, Triemli is the one that most faithfully sticks to what British architecture theorist Reyner Banham defined as Brutalist qualities: “What characterises the New Brutalism is precisely its brutality, its je-ne-m’en-foutisme, its bloody-mindedness.” From the beginning, Triemli has had its fair share of detractors. Only in summer 2018 the tower was voted ‘Switzerland’s ugliest building’. But ask any resident, and they will tell you how much they appreciate the far-reaching views across the city from their balconies, the well-cut, quiet flats, affordable rent, easy access to nature and excellent public transport connections to the city centre. Frustrating for some, as a listed building, Triemli Tower is here to stay.

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