Less retail space, instead inner courtyards and old staircases. Swiss Life is restoring an antique. The name of the building has also changed.
Cold bare concrete as far as the eye can see. Floor coverings were torn, dividing walls removed, puddles of water collected, gray of construction site dust, on the floor. Two large openings yawn in the center of the building: Inside, the former manor building on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich now looks more like a ruined building than a department store.
Since last year, all five floors have been destroyed, renovated and demolished at full speed. It explodes, bangs and rattles. The renovation, which will cost more than 100 million francs, should be completed in the fall of 2023, and the first tenants can move in. Nothing should remind us of the times when a manor was still an institution on Bahnhofstrasse. After more than 35 years, the department store closed its doors there at the end of January 2020.