History & events
X-TRA’s history dates back to 1931 when the Limmathaus opened after about 18 months of construction. Built in the style of Neues Bauen (New Building), from which the Bauhaus movement emerged, the Limmathaus was one of the city’s most modern buildings at that time. In 1971, Muhammad Ali trained at the Limmathaus the day before his match at the Hallenstadion, his one and only appearance in Switzerland.
Bands like Rammstein and Die Fantastischen 4 performed their first gigs outside Germany, at Palais X-TRA. X-TRA can look back on a long history of live music. Eminem, Iggy Pop, Slash, Kanye West, The Killers, Paul Kalkbrenner, Moby, Jack White, Die Antwoord and Angus & Julia Stone are among the many performers who passed the mic to each other before they only played in the world’s big arenas.
Architecture & modernity
The building’s past is closely linked to the history of the Swiss architect Karl Egender who made his mark on Zurich until his death in 1969. Among his many projects were the Arts and Crafts School, only a few minutes’ walk away from X-TRA, and the Hallenstadion arena.
Urs Baumann incorporated the building’s architectural history in his refurbishment plans for X-TRA at the Limmathaus, when asked to give X-TRA a contemporary look. His design formed the basis for the building’s first major renovation since X-TRA Production AG moved there in 1997.
The venue has been given a completely new look. The old interior design with its colourful mix of different architectural and decorative styles was testament to previous decades and has given way to a contemporary interior. Now the dominant shades are white, wood and black. The design is understated and elegant and much more in keeping with the functional Bauhaus style. X-TRA’s new look draws heavily on the original architectural concept of the Limmathaus.
Worldwebforum at X-TRA
X-TRA’s Main Hall is popular for having the best acoustics in Zurich, which makes it ideal for hosting Worldwebforum keynote speeches, panel discussions and our show. Six more areas are offered, a Forum room, the Panorama, a Podium, the Foyer, the Hans Bader room and an Irish Pub, which will facilitate debate and breakout sessions and other discussions as well as networking breaks and delicious catering. With the location change to X-TRA in Zurich’s vibrant art district we will ensure a legendary afterparty at one of the best clubs in town.