HOW THE GREULICH EARNT ITS NAMEThe Greulich with its new restaurant, small, but fine bar, the cigar lounge, the stylish rooms and suites is named after the street upon which it stands. The street itself is a tribute to Herman Greulich, who came to Zurich from Silesia in 1865 as a bookbinder and became one of the most influential politicians of the Swiss labour movement. This spirit of renewal can still be felt today throughout a neighborhood noticeably characterised by its innovative people, vibrant nightlife and diverse cultural activities.
HOW THE GREULICH DEVELOPED ITS SHAPEThe architecture of the Greulich is difficult to classify. The building with the clean lines was rebuilt and looks modern, while the deep blue house with the double curve in the facade could also stem from another time.
The original building from the 1930s, combined with the corner house on Stauffacher-Strasse provided the base for today’s Greulich. The two wings of the tenement blocks used to shroud a workshop in the courtyard. Today, the courtyard plays host to a number of hotel rooms, housed in their own building.
Together with Paolo Kölliker - an architect in Zurich, and restaurant consultant Martin Volkart – from Solothurn, Thomas B. Brunner ran an architectural competition for the Greulich – won by the team of Romero & Schaefle, Zurich. After more than two years under construction, the new building was opened with its curved facade.