Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall

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Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall

Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall
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  • Zurich Central Station • 5 min walk
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GregCutler
Zurich, Switzerland143 contributions
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Having lived in Zurich for 17 years, I never knew about the Giacometti Entrance Hall before enjoying a city walking tour yesterday. It's really a well-kept secret!

The "Blumlihalle" (hall of little flowers), as it's called in German, was painted by Augusto Giacometti, the nephew of the famous Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Actually the main entrance to the Zurich police headquarters, the vibrant oranges, yellows and red colors simply exude warmth in this cavernous hall.

Although the opening hours are a bit limited (daily from 09:00-11:00 and 14:00-16:00 - check the website for up-to-date details), the Giacometti Hall is well worth a 5-minute detour if you're visiting Zürich's Bahnhofstrasse.

One last note: as it is a police headquarters, you will be required to leave a photo-ID while you visit, and entrance may be restricted in security-sensitive periods.
Written July 11, 2014
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RudolfTheSwiss
Zurich, Switzerland212 contributions
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facinating entrance hall by famous Augusto Giacometti, the former Zurich orphanage was in a rather dark style constructed when average families still had 5 and more children, after industrialization families diminished quite considerably in size and the orphanage became far too oversized. More and more workers came from outside and the policeforce increased insize and the former orphanage became police headquarters. Police officer found their entrance hall too bleak and depressing so the city called Auguso Giacometti a famous graffito artist to design a new entrancehall, he and his team were so sucessfull that today the hall which shows young policepersons their position as servants to artisans and academics, to countryfolks and citydwellers to locals and foreigners free of prejudice and discrimination between men and women as a piece of art in great harmony, might be the prettiest Policestation globally. You need to deposit a piece of identity with the friendly receptionist and are allowed in to visit the hall, no photography inside as it is a life policestation complete with manacled suspects led through the hall.
Written October 1, 2016
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,612 contributions
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It’s a quick and free visit

The Giacometti murals are located at the main police headquarters. Bring a government issued ID and you will need to leave it at the counter while you are allowed a 10 minute visit to view the artwork. No photos are allowed of the murals.

The arched ceiling is painted with beautiful and robust colors of the rainbow. The simple lighting really brings out the intricate designs and symbols in addition to the wall paintings. Viewing times are daily from 09.00-11.00, 14.00-16.00.

Certainly worth the 10 minute diversion
Written August 24, 2014
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Gunnar G
Copenhagen, Denmark1,160 contributions
Today, this site close to the main station forms the entrance to a police station. You can visit it for 10 min and if you leave your passport. It has very colourful paintings at the walls and ceilings mad by Augusto Giacometti in the 1920’). You can also experience his art in several of the churches of Zurich.
Written September 6, 2019
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intreped
Trumbull, CT54 contributions
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They require a passport or ID card to be admitted to the hall. It looked nice when I looked inside, like the photos.
Written July 13, 2018
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887happytraveler
New York City, NY32 contributions
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In 1933 Augosto Giacometti elaborately decorated the arches of the foyer of Zurich's main police station and painted murals celebrating industrial workers. I had seen the similarly themed murals that Diego Rivera did in Detroit in the 1930s, so I was eager to compare these. Because the police station is still in active use, the hours for viewing the Giacometti murals are limited (9-11 and 2-4 some days). No photos are allowed, and you need to leave your passport with an officer at the front desk. But it's well worth it to work within these constraints. The murals and decorations are absolutely gorgeous, an icon of Depression-era history and art. You can "visit" them online, but that doesn't compare with the overwhelming beauty and hush of the space itself. Do go see for yourself.
Written June 3, 2018
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Cleo L
Changi, Singapore311 contributions
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It's the highlight for me during the trip. Amazing and beautiful colours. You won't spend a lot of time here as it's just the entrance halls that's painted. Remember to bring your ID. And no photography allowed. Take note of the hours too (10-12am or 2-4pm).
Written March 26, 2018
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Terry B
Perth Hills, Australia33 contributions
Friends
When this building was to me transformed into an orphanage, Giacommetti was commissioned to decorate the hall way.
The jewel like colours transform this sombre area that is now the entrance to the police station; beautiful paintings and floral and geometric decorations abound.
Not to be missed.
No photography allowed
Written August 12, 2016
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jari667
Espoo, Finland37 contributions
Solo
The Giacometti murals are located in the entrance hall of the police headquarters. The entrance hall is not big but it is very beautiful and colourful. Worth to visit there. And it is also free.

The receptionist let me watch the murals ten minutes. Every visitor must leave an ID as a deposit. Photographing is not allowed. Check the opening hours because this attraction is not open all day.
Written February 6, 2016
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Zena P
Oak Park, IL16 contributions
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It felt a little odd, walking into the police station, but boy! was it worth it! A floor to ceiling painting/mural by Augusto Giacometti, brilliant in color, texture and theme, it was an unexpected treat. It only takes a few minutes to see, but I could have lingered a lon time in appreciation.
Written May 27, 2015
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