April 2021 Luncheon: “Design process of the Circle at Zurich Airport”

April 2021 Luncheon: “Design process of the Circle at Zurich Airport”

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We are pleased to invite you to our April Luncheon with renowned architect Prof. Riken Yamamoto, who will deliver a speech titled “Design process of the Circle at Zurich Airport”.

April 2021 Luncheon: “Design process of the Circle at Zurich Airport”

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Ten years after its inception, the Circle at Zurich Airport was inaugurated in November 2020. As one of the largest buildings in Switzerland (255’000 square meters), The Circle hosts numerous retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and offices, as well as a convention hall, an event space, an education facility, a gallery, and a hospital.
The office of Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto, however, did not design The Circle as a mere large building, but rather as a small city inspired by the traditional architecture of the 500-years old Niederdorf neighborhood in Zurich. Medieval workshops have been replaced by modern facilities, but the project’s familiar skeleton naturally blends into the cityscape.
In his presentation for the SCCIJ, renowned architect Prof. Riken Yamamoto will detail the design process of the Circle at Zurich Airport, which not only pays tribute to the past, but also represents a new architectural and cultural landmark for the largest city in Switzerland.

In order to guarantee the safety of our participants in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a set of sanitary measures (detailed below) will be implemented. We thank you very much for your kind understanding and cooperation, and look forward to welcoming you!

Date & Time:

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00-14:00


Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Room “Coriander”, 2F (MAP)

Entry Fee:

•    Members: JPY 6,500, or 1 SCCIJ Voucher 2021
•    Non-Members: JPY 8,000

*As tickets are limited due to social distancing measures, kindly be noted that SCCIJ members will be prioritized.*

Safety measures:

In order to ensure the safety of all participants in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo has adopted a certain number of precautionary measures, including social distancing, masks, and regular facilities disinfections. Please find the exhaustive list in this document, which we strongly encourage all participants to read. In addition, kindly be noted that the number of guests per table will be limited, and that we ask participants to refrain from shaking hands.


*Fully booked*

(Deadline: April 11, 2021)

*No-shows/cancellations after the deadline will be charged in full.*


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Biography of the Speaker:

Prof. Riken Yamamoto was born in Beijing, China, in 1945. Following a Masters of Arts from the Faculty of Architecture of the Tokyo University of the Arts, he founded his office, Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop, in 1973. In parallel to his projects, Prof. Yamamoto held the positions of Professor at the Department of Architecture of Kogakuin University (2002-07), as well as Professor (2007-11) and Visiting Professor (2011-13) at the Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA). In 2018, he was appointed President of the Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design. Prof. Yamamoto has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Japan Arts Academy Award, the Mainichi Art Awards, the Prize of Architecture Institute of Japan for Design, the Public Buildings Award, the Good Design Gold Award, and the Building Contractors Society Award.

April 2021 Luncheon: “Design process of the Circle at Zurich Airport”

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