Zurich’s District 5 in the immediate vicinity of the Tonhalle Maag has changed enormously in recent years. After a phase during which interim use was made of many former industrial sites, several of these have now been rebuilt or converted. People now work, study and live in this former industrial quarter.
The development of the area was planned over several years by the City of Zurich in close collaboration with the site’s owners. The existing structures and buildings provided the basis for attractive architecture and generously proportioned outdoor spaces. Visible from afar, the Prime Tower, located right next to the Hardbrücke railway station, has become Zurich’s new landmark.
With its galleries and museums, the converted and extended Löwenbräu-Areal is known well beyond the city limits. The Schiffbau www.schauspielhaus.ch, www.moods.ch and the Toni-Areal, home to Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), the Museum of Design www.museum-gestaltung.ch, the music club Mehrspur www.mehrspur.ch, the Toni Kino (cinema) and concert halls now also attract culture enthusiasts from far and wide, as does the Maag Music Hall in the direct vicinity of the Tonhalle Maag. Design and culinary delights can be found in the converted archways of the Letten railway viaduct www.im-viadukt.ch.
There are also numerous restaurants and bars within close walking distance; and those who prefer to dine in the city centre can reach Zurich Main Station within three minutes.