Superblock Winterthur

Superblock Winterthur

A Project with Architect Krischanitz

From a foundry on the fringe to an office and residential complex in the heart of town: Adolf Krischanitz's redevelopment of a former Sulzer assembly shop in Winterthur.



Title Information

With contributions by Hans-Peter Bärtschi, Adolf Krischanitz, and Axel Simon. Photographs by Lukas Roth

1st edition

, 2015


152 pages, 175 color and 6 b/w illustrations and plans

23 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-87-6


Faced with questions about how to adapt and reuse a former industrial site in the center of town, an international insurance corporation, together with the Swiss city of Winterthur, held a competition among architecture and design firms to come up with an innovative, effective plan. The winning firm was the Vienna-based Architect Krischanitz, and their submission, Superblock, is a striking idea given a brilliant execution: it combines a large workshop where diesel engines were assembled with newly constructed yet visually complementary buildings.

This book details the project from concept to completion, using numerous photographs, plans, and visualizations to trace the history of the site, the genesis and development of the Superblock concept, and the revitalization of the neighborhood that it is expected to lead.


Deutsche Ausgabe

Authors & Editors

Hans-Peter Bärtschi

, born 1950, studied architecture and did a PhD in economic history at ETH Zürich. He lives and works as a freelance publicist and researcher on industrial culture and heritage in Winterthur.

Adolf Krischanitz

, born 1946, studied architecture at Vienna University of Technology. He was a co-founder of Missing Link architectural cooperative in 1970 and established his own firm in Vienna in 1979. He hast taught at Technische Universität München 1988–89 and as a Professor for Design and Urban Regeneration at University of the Arts Berlin 1992–2011.

Axel Simon

, born 1966, studied architecture in Düsseldorf and Berlin and also read history and theory of architecture at ETH Zurich. He has been an editor with Hochparterre architecture and design magazine in Zürich since 2010.