Giacometti Frescos (“Blüemlihalle”)

Thanks to Augusto Giacometti, what is probably the most beautiful police station entrance hall worldwide is located in the heart of Zurich.

The Work

Gustav Gull, until 1900 Zurich’s municipal architect and mastermind behind the National Museum, was entrusted with the task of converting a former orphanage into a municipal building to house the city police headquarters. In order to save space, the vaulted ceiling of what had been the cellar was transformed into the entrance area. 

In 1922, the City of Zurich launched a competition to paint the entrance hall, with the aim of brightening up the gloomy space and creating work opportunities for local artists. Augusto Giacometti (1877–1947) won the competition with ease. His design in warm red and ochre tones was executed between 1923 and 1925 using the al fresco and al secco techniques. The ceiling and vault paintings comprise ornamental floral designs and geometric patterns. The walls, meanwhile, depict people at work: stone carvers and carpenters represent the handicraft trade, while astronomers and magicians denote science.

Nowadays, the art-in-architecture work, which was extensively restored in 2019, is considered to be of national importance.

Special Remarks

The locals affectionately refer to the Giacometti Hall as the “Blüemlihalle” (hall of little flowers) due to its design featuring countless ornamental flowers.


The “Blüemlihalle” in the Amtshaus I is probably the world’s most beautiful police station entrance hall by far. 

The Creator

Augusto Giacometti (1877–1947) created the choir windows in the Grossmünster in 1933, as well as a stained-glass window in the Fraumünster in 1945. He came from the famous Giacometti dynasty of painters, which also included Giovanni Giacometti and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. 

Opening Hours

2.00pm – 5.00pm
2.00pm – 5.00pm
2.00pm – 5.00pm
2.00pm – 5.00pm

The Giacometti Hall can only be visited on a guided tour (limited group size, max. 20 persons). Advance booking is not possible.

Meet at the Meeting Point outside the building, please follow the signs.


Distance Travel time
Zürich Main Station 306 m 2 min
Zürich Airport 8.7 km 14 min
Amtshaus I
Bahnhofquai 3
8001  Zürich