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Zurich Airport's new destination - The Circle

Commercial Director of Zurich Airport, Stefan Gross, speaks to Future Cities Forum

Competition among Europe's airports to create the latest 'Go-to' destination has become fierce and Zurich's 'The Circle' which is due to open in 2020, currently occupies Switzerland's biggest construction site.

In an area of 180,000 square meters building work continues on smart offices, a university medical centre, a woodland park, conference centre, retail and two new hotels add up to a bold new 'destination' minutes outside this European business city.

Flughafen Zurich and Swiss Life are partners in the venture with architect Riken Yamamoto responsible for the design, choosing largely glass ceilings providing an uninterrupted view of the sky. The photovoltaic installation on the roof of the building is a source of natural energy and helps to cover electricity requirements. The Circle will be certified to MINERGIE and LEED PLATINUM standards.

The ArtHub is the central meeting area for those interested in strolling through galleries, private collections or pop-up art installations while the MindHub, an education and knowledge module, uses interactive technologies for seminars and workshops.

Watch our interview above with Stefan Gross, Commercial Director at Zurich Airport who starts by explaining how 'The Circle' is bringing the natural world into the airport experience.

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