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A.E. Bosshard and H. Widmer
Zurich, Switzerland, 1974

Toni-Molkerei ramp, A.E. Bosshard and H. Widmer, Zurich, Switzerland, 1974 - 76.

In 1974, the Swiss dairy company, Toni-Molkerei hired Zurich-based architects A.E. Bosshard and H. Widmer to design an urban factory to house its separate departments under one roof. Based on Toni-Molkerei's slogan, "fresh from the farmer to the table," the scheme showcased a three-story, quarter mile-long ramp to allow milk trucks to drive from the city street directly onto the production floors. The factory also produced powdered milk, and there was an eight-story volume to fit stainless steel tanks. With raw goods flowing in one end and distributed out the other, the factory was capable of producing over one million gallons of milk per day. Currently under renovation as the Zurich University of the Arts by EM2N Architects, the project is scheduled to open in 2013.