Where the massive printing presses of Switzerland’s illustrious NZZ newspaper used to turn, space is currently being created for 2’000 workplaces in the engineering, technology and Industry 4.0 sectors. A stroll through these halls with their glorious history and fantastic future.
A small printing press lies abandoned in the enormous industrial warehouse; almost 200 years ago, the first edition of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung rolled off this press. Over the course of the years, many significantly larger-scale printing presses followed – the last being three massive rotary printing presses located in purpose-built halls that were constructed around them. Today, these halls stand vacant, the equipment long ago dismantled. Only that earliest printing press still remains here in the former NZZ printing centre in Schlieren.
And according to the site’s owner, Swiss Prime Site Immobilien, that’s how things will stay: the company wants to preserve this little bit of Switzerland’s history, awarding the original printing press a fitting place on the site following its redevelopment. The hall where, until recently, the high-performance printing presses were located seems vast in all dimensions, particularly in its current vacant state – but with the final building consent awarded in March 2018, construction work will soon be underway. «A centre for knowledge and exchange will emerge in Schlieren under the new name of JED – Join Explore Dare», declared Peter Lehmann, CEO of Swiss Prime Site Immobilien, in a recent interview.