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FORUM History

In 1928 the architect Ernst Zuppinger has created the still existing FORUM. Back in the days it was one of the most modern concrete buildings. It was planned as an apartment- and business building including the cinema FORUM, the biggest in Zurich with 1700 seats. Different vaudeville acts have also given their shows at FORUM back in 1928. Created to be a simple place for simple people FORUM has established itself to be a meeting place for everyone in the city already at its opening day. It all was underlined by the biggest fluorescent lighting of that time. Green lights along the facade on one side of the building and red fluorescent lights saying the titles on the other side. The writing on the windows on the opening day of the light palace FORUM did not only inform about the opening program but also about its ambitious construction, interior and architecture.

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Architecture

Mediterranean attitude of life and the relation to the street is guaranteed by the big window walls, which in summer can be completely hided in the floor. It allows a joint less walking in- and outside of the restaurant. The 23 meters long walnut wall gives you a warm and conformable feeling. Its irregular grooves does not only improve the room acoustics and the interesting play between light and shadows but it also keeps a little secret: The grooves actually are text transferred into bar codes, it says: "most of all we need the funk, nothing but the funk, everything is not the one etc."

The floor is made with a technic from the seventies – a stone carpet. It represents itself as a white sand beach. The low-key interior design and the smart room layout as well as the smooth color shades help not to only put forward the architecture but the guests. It has the perfect ambience to feel comfortable and relaxed. To be reminiscent to the cinema in 1928 we hung up big screen where we show some moving pictures and in some cases an important football game.

  • the walnut wall is a bar code and says: "most of all we need the funk, nothing but the funk, everything it not the one etc."
  • the toilets are created with a concept called "room in a room2 and got the second place in "best toilets" in china
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