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Industrial designer Alfredo Häberli shows us how to pass the hours in Zurich, Switzerland, a city with no shortage of timekeepers.

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  Flowing out of Lake Zurich through the Old Town—–and dividing the iconic Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches—–the Limmat River has figured centrally in Zurich life for centuries. Today, restaurants and bathhouses line its banks, and swimmers and boaters enjoy the clear, glacier-fed water that makes Zurich a nature-lover’s city.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Flowing out of Lake Zurich through the Old Town—–and dividing the iconic Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches—–the Limmat River has figured centrally in Zurich life for centuries. Today, restaurants and bathhouses line its banks, and swimmers and boaters enjoy the clear, glacier-fed water that makes Zurich a nature-lover’s city.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Rising above the Schipfe, one of Zurich’s oldest quarters and long a center for merchants and craftspeople, St. Peter’s Church boasts Europe’s largest church clock face, a Romanesque feature added in 1534.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Rising above the Schipfe, one of Zurich’s oldest quarters and long a center for merchants and craftspeople, St. Peter’s Church boasts Europe’s largest church clock face, a Romanesque feature added in 1534.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  A tram rumbles down Bahnhofstrasse, a popular and tony shopping district where private banks, watch stores, boutiques, and chocolatiers line the renowned thoroughfare.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    A tram rumbles down Bahnhofstrasse, a popular and tony shopping district where private banks, watch stores, boutiques, and chocolatiers line the renowned thoroughfare.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Kunsthaus, Zurich’s main museum for medieval to contemporary art, includes large collections of work by Alberto Giacometti and Edvard Munch.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Kunsthaus, Zurich’s main museum for medieval to contemporary art, includes large collections of work by Alberto Giacometti and Edvard Munch.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  The trendy Zurich West district is home to the restaurant LaSalle, whose refined interiors contrast with the industrial environs.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    The trendy Zurich West district is home to the restaurant LaSalle, whose refined interiors contrast with the industrial environs.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Birch trees add an Asian touch to the Greulich Hotel by Romero + Schaefle Architects.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Birch trees add an Asian touch to the Greulich Hotel by Romero + Schaefle Architects.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Precision timekeeping, a central design element at the main station, governs the trains.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Precision timekeeping, a central design element at the main station, governs the trains.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  The Heidi Weber House, a museum dedicated to Le Corbusier and built from his own designs after his death, contains an extraordinary collection of the Swiss architect’s sculptures, paintings, furniture, and writings. The prefabricated steel, free-floating roof, and glass framing are strikingly unique structural elements.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    The Heidi Weber House, a museum dedicated to Le Corbusier and built from his own designs after his death, contains an extraordinary collection of the Swiss architect’s sculptures, paintings, furniture, and writings. The prefabricated steel, free-floating roof, and glass framing are strikingly unique structural elements.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall illuminate the choir at Fraumünster Church.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall illuminate the choir at Fraumünster Church.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Seebad Enge is a popular bathhouse on Lake Zurich.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Seebad Enge is a popular bathhouse on Lake Zurich.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Known for its designer bags made from recycled transportation materials, Freitag has a flagship store, housed in a tower of freight containers, in the industrial-chic district of West Zurich.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Known for its designer bags made from recycled transportation materials, Freitag has a flagship store, housed in a tower of freight containers, in the industrial-chic district of West Zurich.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Rock Objekte, a design store in operation since 1925, sells vintage furniture.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Rock Objekte, a design store in operation since 1925, sells vintage furniture.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Organic design characterizes the tram station at Bellevue, a popular square and site of the opera house. Zurich’s trams are hailed as a model for an economic, environment-friendly urban transport system.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Organic design characterizes the tram station at Bellevue, a popular square and site of the opera house. Zurich’s trams are hailed as a model for an economic, environment-friendly urban transport system.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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