Augusto Giacometti's Entrance Hall – Illuminating a Vaulted Ceiling with Color

The most attractive police station entrance is probably the one in Zurich.

When Gustav Gull, Zurich’s master architect around 1900, transformed the orphanage at the Bahnhofquai into a municipal building housing the city police station, the cellar became the entrance area. Since the lighting in the former cellar was not ideal, it proved necessary to resort to artistic methods.

Augusto Giacometti was hired to paint the walls and vaulted ceiling. The result was a piece of art that now has national significance. The local population uses the affectionate nickname “The hall of tiny flowers” to describe the Giacometti Hall due to its floral decoration.

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