Giacometti Hall by Augusto Giacometti
Thanks to Augusto Giacometti, what is probably the most beautiful police station entrance hall worldwide is located in the heart of Zurich.
Executed between 1922 and 1926Entrance area of a police stationOpen to the public daily
Gustav Gull, until 1900 Zurich’s municipal architect and mastermind behind the National Museum, was entrusted with the task of converting an orphanage into a municipal building to house the city police station. In order to save space, the vaulted ceiling of what had been the cellar was transformed into the entrance area. However, the light conditions were not ideal, so the artist, Augusto Giacometti, was commissioned to brighten the vaulted ceiling with paintings. For two years, Giacometti worked with bright, warm colors to create floral decorations and scenic images. The wonderfully vibrant entrance hall was completed in 1925 and today is considered to be a work of national significance.
The locals affectionately refer to the Giacometti Hall as the “Blüemlihalle” (hall of little flowers) due to the countless ornamental flowers. Against deposit of an ID card, members of the public can visit and admire the entrance area daily from 9 – 11am and 2 – 4pm.
The “Blüemlihalle” in the Amtshaus I is probably the world’s most attractive police station entrance hall by far.
Augusto Giacometti (1877 – 1947) created the choral windows in the Grossmünster in 1933, as well as a stained-glass window in the Fraumünster in 1945. He came from the Giacometti dynasty of painters, which also included Giovanni Giacometti and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
Daily from 9.00am – 11.00am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm upon presentation of ID