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Prime Tower | Limmat, ZH



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Visible from far away, the green-sparkling «Glaszahn» (glass tooth) rises high into the sky. This is the Prime Tower. With its 126 meters and 36 floors, it is the highest building in Switzerland. It is located within the former industrial area of Maag-Zahnräder & Maschinen AG next to the Hardbrücke train station and was built between 2008 and 2011. The building designed by the architects Gigon|Guyer is the landmark of the emerging quarter of Zurich-West. Besides the Maag area, the Sulzer-Escher Wyss, Steinfels and Toni-Molkerei areas are further witnesses to the former industrial age. The Escher Wyss area today comprises the Technopark (1993), three hotels, the Westpark, Puls 5, and the Bluewin Tower. The Limmat is the water outflow of Lake Zurich at the northern end and a tributary of the Aar river. It belongs to the 140-km-long Linth|Limmat river system. The Limmat runs along Limmatquai, through the Limmattal valley, and in the Wasserschloss region near Brugg (canton of Aargau) it empties into the Aar. Due to weirs and power plants, it can no longer be travelled by boat continuously today. In the canton of Zurich, it traverses the municipalities of Zurich, Oberengstringen, Unterengstringen, Schlieren, Dietikon, Weiningen, Geroldswil and Oetwil an der Limmat. Tributary rivers of the Limmat are the Sihl and the Reppisch. The Europabrücke bridge connects the two Zurich quarters of Höngg and Altstetten. It crosses the Limmat, the A1H highway, the railway line Zurich-Baden as well as Hohlstrasse. It is approximately 1.1 km long and was built between 1961 and 1962. The viaduct is an important feeder road for the traffic towards Bern and Basel.