OpernTurm is a 170 meters (558 feet) tall skyscraper near Opernplatz and borders the 2010 redesigned Rothschild Park. The tower is accessed through a 17-meter-high lobby containing the 14-meter-high painting “Ahab” designed by Julian Schnabel. OpernTurm was built on a plot of land on which the Zuerich House was previously located.
In addition to being used as an office building, OpernTurm also has a kindergarten and a restaurant. Towards Opernplatz, a podium building with seven floors completes the ensemble. The uniform yellow-beige limestone cladding of the tower blends harmoniously into the existing buildings around Opernplatz. This natural stone façade saves OpernTurm 20% of the energy needed to cool an office floor compared to a glass façade. Principal tenants of OpernTurm are the major Swiss bank UBS, other tenants are Allen & Overy LLP, Ashurst LLP, Black Rock Investment Management (UK) Limited, 3i Germany, Excellent Business Centers GmbH, K + L Gates LLP, Manufactum GmbH & Co. KG and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
OpernTurm was designed by Christoph Mäckler Architekten and holds the Martin Elsaesser Badge (Martin-Elsaesser-Plakette) issued by the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). The tower was also nominated in 2010 for the International High-Rise Award.
Status November 2019: The OpernTurm turns 10 years old!