Freitag Tower

These stacked shipping containers in Zurich-West are a treat for urban explorers and fans of Freitag bags alike.

  • Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten
    Location: Gerold-Areal, Zurich-West
    Feature: Stacked, accessible containers
  • Completed: 2006

It is not just recycling fans who will love the colorful tower near the central Hardbrücke Station, which boasts 19 stacked shipping containers rising 26 meters (85 feet) into the air.

The rusty containers were sourced especially from Hamburg and transported to Zurich by train. Not just nice to look at, the tower is accessible as well. Over four floors, it contains the world’s largest selection of “individual recycled freeway bags” from the renowned Zurich label Freitag – 1,600 bags.

Climb further and you’ll reach the roof of the recycled skyscraper that offers a commanding view of the former industrial quarter. Look out for old factories pulsing with new life, Frau Gerolds Garten – a popular urban garden with dining options – and the arches of the viaduct that now house gorgeous boutiques, restaurants and event spaces.

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