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Armory Museum in Solothurn, Switzerland by PASCAL FLAMMER ARCHITECT

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Article source:  PASCAL FLAMMER ARCHITECT

This seventeenth Century building has been transformed into a museum. We decided to keep the original historic building intact, only removing the heavy stone floor slabs that were causing the massive timber structure of the old building to subside.

Image Courtesy © PASCAL FLAMMER ARCHITECT

House in Balsthal, Switzerland by Pascal Flammer Architekten

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Article source: Pascal Flammer Architekten

This timber house is about different ways of perceiving the landscape surrounding it. There are two principal floors; one set 750mm below the earth, one 1500mm above. The ground floor consists of one single family room with a noticeably low horizontal ceiling. In this space there is a physical connection with the nature outside the continuous windows.

Image Courtesy © Ioana Marinescu

  • Architects: Pascal Flammer Architekten
  • Project: House in Balsthal
  • Location: Balsthal, Switzerland
  • Photography: Ioana Marinescu

New construction of children’s hospital at Lausanne University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland by gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Article source: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

The design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, with JB Ferrari, for a new children’s hospital at the Lausanne University Hospital has won first prize in an international competition. The hospital is to provide 85 beds and an accident and emergency unit for children, and is provisionally scheduled to open in 2019. The design concept includes light-flooded open areas with much greenery, which are intended to make a hospital stay as agreeable as possible for patients and their relatives. Today, the entry will be presented to the public in Lausanne.

Image Courtesy © gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

  • Architects: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
  • Project: New construction of children’s hospital at Lausanne University Hospital
  • Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Competition: 2014 – 1st prize
  • Design: Volkwin Marg
  • Associated Partner: Christian Hoffmann
  • Project Management, gmp: Martin Bleckmann, Stefan Walter
  • Team members, gmp: Christoph Salentin, Lukasz Rubnikowicz, Marlen Beckedahl, Flori Jackowski, Stephanie Krämer-Hilke
  • Project Management, JB Ferrari: Sébastien Zwissig
  • Team members, JB Ferrari: Steve Cherpillod, Marcella Wurmli, Annick Lavenex
  • Gross floor area: 39,232 m²
  • Client: Etat de Vaud, DSAS, CHUV

Bus Station Canopy in Aarau, Switzerland by Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Article source: Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur 

As the central public transport hub for the entire region, the train station in Aarau serves as a point of departure, arrival and transfer for more than 40,000 train and bus travelers every day. Due to assorted small structures, street furniture, art objects and planters that had gathered over time, the station forecourt was barely still perceived as a public open space. Bahnhofstrasse, the street leading to the train station, was a spatially defining axis dominated by car traffic, thus cutting the space off from the surroundings. That is why a new station forecourt with a bus terminal and optimized public access was also envisaged along with construction of the new train station. After lengthy preparatory work in close dialogue with various interest groups, the Aarau populace approved the project with an overwhelming majority in 2009.

Image Courtesy © Niklaus Spoerri

  • Architects: Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur
  • Project: Bus Station Canopy
  • Location: Aarau, Switzerland
  • Photography: Mensur Zulji, Niklaus Spoerri
  • Design & Planning: 2004–2012
  • Construction: 2011–2014
  • Area: 8,806 m²
  • Underground Area: 1,062 m²
  • Covered Area: 1,070 m²
  • Air Volume: One air chamber with 1,810 m³
  • Roof Edge Lengths, clamped: 500 m
  • Support Air: Energy-saving recirculating air technology with condensation drying, Summer operation with 300 Pa, Winter operation with up to 850 PA
  • Cushions: 6 airtight, structurally coupled membrane panels made of ETFE (clear and blue)
  • Cable Nets: 8 and 12 mm stranded ropes, total of 3.76 km
  • Weight of Steel Structure: 87 t
  • Bus Station Roof: City of Aarau, Municipal Building Department
  • Train Station Forecourt: City of Aarau, Municipal Building Department Canton of Aargau, Department of Construction Traffic and Environment.
  • General Planning, Civil Engineering: suisseplan Ingenieure AG, Aarau (CH)
  • Structural Engineering for Roof : formTL ingenieure für tragwerk und leichtbau GmbH, Radolfzell (DE)
  • Lighting Design: Atelier Derrer, Zurich (CH)
  • Pattern Design: Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur AG, Zurich (CH) in collaboration withPaolo Monaco, visual designer, Zurich (CH)
  • Electrical Engineering: HEFTI. HESS. MARTIGNONI. Aarau AG, Aarau (CH) Adrian Bühler, Phillip Woodtli, Marco Andrist
  • Wind Tunnel Testing: Wacker Ingenieure, Birkenfeld (DE)

Chiasso Railway Station Site in SWITZERLAND by C+S Architects

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Article source: C+S Architects

The Italian joint-venture between Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners and C+S Architects, in collaboration with a swiss Engineering team wins the international competition for the re-qualification of the railway station area of Chiasso in Switzerland.

Street view of the school, Image Courtesy © C+S Architects

  • Architects: C+S Architects
  • Project: Chiasso Railway Station Site
  • Location: SWITZERLAND
  • Structural engineering: Pini Swiss Engineers SA (Ing. Civile, Geologo)
  • C+S Team: Luca Caroti, Laura Frasson, Nikolina Lukin, Alessandro Mimiola, Alessandro Pizzolato, Giada Saviane, Davide Testi ACPV & Partners Team, Mattia Cattaneo, Alberto Maria Ficele, Valerio Pozzi, Pierpaolo Solieri

Residential Building Zug Schleife in Switzerland by Valerio Olgiati

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: VALERIO OLGIATI

Seen from a distance the floor plates projecting from the facade with their elliptical openings look like flying carpets with ornamental borders. For the residents these elliptical openings generate a sense of distance, since they prevent neighbours from seeing into each other’s apartments. At the same time the correspondence between each of these round forms and the individual apartments gives residents a feeling of living alone in a centre. The perception of space changes according to the point of view and the position of the sun.

Image Courtesy © Javier Miguel Verme

  • Architects: Valerio Olgiati
  • Project: Residential Building Zug Schleife
  • Location: Switzerland
  • Photography: Javier Miguel Verme
  • Competition: 1. prize, 2006
  • Client: Consortium ZugSchleife; Peikert-Immobilien AG and 4B Immobilien AG
  • Collaborators, Project team: Aldo Duelli (project manager office Olgiati), David Bellasi, Liviu Vasiu, Jonas Ulmer, Sara Wiedenbeck
  • Total Contractor: Toneatti AG and dima&partner AG
  • Structural Engineer: Patrick Gartmann, Conzett Bronzini Gartmann AG, Chur
  • Materials: red in-situ concrete, glass
  • Begin of planing: 2007
  • Begin of construction: july 2010
  • End of construction: april 2012
  • Volume: 65’300 m3 (SIA 416)
  • Area: 13`100 m2

CITY HOTEL ZURICH in Switzerland by Dyer-Smith Frey

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Article source: Dyer-Smith Frey 

Interior Design Duo Dyer-Smith Frey redesigned the Hotel City Zurich and adds an individual boutique hotel to the Swiss city. Located in central Zurich, the three-star hotel has 60 rooms, half of them for single travellers.

Image Courtesy © Dyer-Smith Frey

  • Architects: Dyer-Smith Frey
  • Project: CITY HOTEL ZURICH
  • Location: Switzerland
  • Client: HOTEL CITY LOEWEN AG
  • Year: 2013
  • Building area: 1400 sqm

RESTAURANT LOEWENECK in Zurich, Switzerland by Dyer-Smith Frey

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Article source: Dyer-Smith Frey

Located on the ground Floor of Hotel City Zurich, the new Restaurant & Bar Löweneck completes the design language of Dyer-Smith Frey. The interior design concept reflects the standards of the restaurants cuisine: freshness, originality and authenticity.

Image Courtesy © Dyer-Smith Frey

  • Architects: Dyer-Smith Frey
  • Project: RESTAURANT LOEWENECK
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Building area: 160 sqm
  • Purpose: Restaurant & Bar
  • Collaborations: Philipp Wiederkehr und Toby Trafelet

ETH Bale in Basel, Switzerland by KUBOTA & BACHMANN ARCHITECTS GmBH

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Article source: KUBOTA & BACHMANN ARCHITECTS GmBH

Urban strategy

The new ETH building is conceived as an efficient and flexible architectural device, providing an answer to the multiple aspects shaping its complex environment.

On the one hand, the landscape and the urban quality of the public spaces around the building condition the building’s insertion.  The respect of the historical urban fabric, in particular the Heritage garden in the south facade of the site, is essential as it constitutes an important area of the city urban fabric throughout the centuries. At the same time, all the classed trees in the site will be preserved.

Image Courtesy © KUBOTA & BACHMANN ARCHITECTS

Wood de Travers in COUVET, Switzerland by CUAC Arquitectura

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Article source: CUAC Arquitectura

During the visit to the project place, we realised that the idea of transforming Dubied’ goes hand in hand with acting in line with the production methods of Couvet landscape. Interwoven landscapes To this end, we decided to link natural production processes with other cultural building processes. On arrival at the place, we decided to take pictures of whatever could show any evidence of those processes and, finally, a possible project arose after every picture.

Image Courtesy © CUAC Arquitectura

  • Architects: CUAC Arquitectura
  • Project: Wood de Travers
  • Location: COUVET, Switzerland
  • Software used: Autocad, 3dstudio and Photoshop
  • COLABORATORS: Álvaro Tejada Tenorio, María Martín Rodríguez, Álvaro Rodríguez Sainz de rozas, Yu Bruno Masuda Rodríguez, Claire de Nutte, Serena Vianello, María de Lara Ruiz, Cristóbal Adrián García Almeida, Álvaro Castellano Pulido.
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