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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland, Zurich by JDS Architects

July 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: JDS Architects

The urban integration plays an important role in our design of the new building and the reorganization of the whole complex of buildings.

Exterior View

  • Architects: JDS Architects
  • Project:Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Location:Switzerland, Zurich
  • Size: 10.500 m2
  • JDS Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt, Henning Stuben
  • Budget: Confidential

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

  • Client: ETH Zurich Immobilien
  • Team: JDS
  • Project Leader: Francisco Villeda, Sandra Fleischmann
  • Type: Invited Competition
  • Status: Settled 2010
  • Project Team: Andrew Griffin, Edna Luddecke, Kristoffer Harling, Wouter Dons, Jonathan Houser, Priscilla Girelli

Interior View

Three main gestures or “cuts” in the volume give the building its distinctive shape. The incisions are made so that the entrance, the driveway and the roof terrace can be formed. The cuts thus combine function and design. They create a clear street level entrance as well as a viewing point in the roof towards the beautiful view over the city and lake. The layered facade with external sun protection increases the urban presence of the building. The building presents itself conscious, without seeming to loud or strange. Here the exchange between higher education and residential district is subtly staged and follows an urban scale adapted to it’s surroundings.

Street View

In the internal organization of the new building, we have given importance to combine rationality and flexibility with architectural and spatial quality.

Aerial View

The unusual shape of the plot requires some thought and rationality. The new building is therefore in principle formed by the merge of two volumes: the bar and the main building. The triangular atrium connects the two volumes and helps to create a clear junction of program as well as bring light into the entire main building.

Interior View

Interior View


Aerial View

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