The new Fifty-One office building officially opens its doors today in the urban development area of City West in Zurich. The building was designed and constructed by Rast Architekten of Berne in 2010 and 2011, and was purchased in 2012. Swisscom decided to build and move into new premises because several of its existing locations in and around Zurich could no longer keep pace with modern working methods. The new building, which has room for almost 1700 employees, meets all these demands thanks to a modern spatial concept, energy efficiency measures in place and not least on account of its excellent connections to local public transport.
A video installation by the Swiss artist Christoph Rütimann in the lobby of the "Fifty-One" building on Pfingstweidstrasse 51 in Zurich West will undoubtedly attract the attention of employees and visitors alike. The installation shows an artist incessantly making five colours appear and disappear on five monitors sunk into the wall. Every monitor is initially assigned a colour and every colour a certain timeframe. Over time, a gradually changing overall image develops on the five monitors. This image is the product of tension, order and time.
Experienced specialists at the P51 business park are constantly starting and ending projects and then creating room for new projects, which they in turn also begin and end. These projects are always similar, and many steps are repeated, but they are never completely identical. Rütimann's installation changes just like these projects because it too is based on repetition and change.
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