The new Tamedia building in Zurich was designed by the Japanese star architect Shigeru Ban. He was commissioned by Tamedia's Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pietro Supino. He had seen a building by the Japanese architect on Long Island (USA) and was impressed.
The building's supporting structure is special. It is made exclusively of spruce wood. The Surfatex terrazzo floor on the first floor is made of hand-sized stones cut from streams in Ticino.
Superstructure: A 100 mm thick pressure distribution board (with underfloor heating), floating and with joints defined accordingly, was installed on a hollow floor.
The terrazzo top layer (layer thickness of approx. 20 mm in bond) was ground with the most modern grinding machines and diamond tools, the joint inlays were made with CNS profiles.
Great craftsmanship was required to lay the river stones in an aesthetically pleasing sequence while meeting the technical requirements of a Surfatex covering.
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