As many of you may know, the former headquarters of Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon – the entire building – was moved 60 m/197 ft southwest to make room for more train tracks.
The structure weighs 6'200 tonnes, is 80 m/262 ft long, and 12 m/39 ft wide. It took engineers two days to move the 123 year old building on 500 steel rollers along a track to its new destination.
The heritage property reportedly cost around CHF 11 mi to move – paid by ABB, the current owner of the building. This may seem a bit steep, but as a former MFO employee was quoted as saying to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, "(In Switzerland), we've paid more for a lot stupider things."
Barbara Flueckiger, Film Studies Professor at the University of Zurich, whose office is directly across from the MFO building, used her iPad to film the move out of her window as it occurred:
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