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New i2a Venue Opening Party

i2a is finally opening the doors of its new home and invites all those who wish to come to celebrate together this new beginning. The evening will offer a rich program of activities that intend to show, to both those who have followed us over the years as well as those discovering us on this occasion, what being an architecture forum means.

EM2N to Build Basel's New Museum of Natural History and State Archives

EM2N has won first prize in an international competition to design the new Museum of Natural History Basel and the State Archives Basel-City. Selected over 22 other proposals, the winning scheme "Zasamane" will unite both institutions within a single "storehouse" that will "combine knowledge about nature and culture" of the Swiss city. The elongated building will take shape with a subtle stagger that responds to the neighboring railway line and increases in density as it approaches Vogesenplatz. A slender tower will anchor the building, offering an "urban symbol" for both institutions.

View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Ponnie Images View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Ponnie Images Shared entrance hall. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon Staircase hall Museum of Natural History Basel. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon

Court House Bärgiswil / AFGH

  • Architects: AFGH
  • Location: Merlischachen, 6402, Switzerland
  • Project Leader: Gilbert Isermann
  • Planners: Pirmin Jung Ingenieure für Holzbau
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of AFGH

Courtesy of AFGH Courtesy of AFGH Courtesy of AFGH Courtesy of AFGH

Orientation School Extension in Kerzers / Morscher Architekten

© Alexander Gempeler © Alexander Gempeler © Alexander Gempeler © Alexander Gempeler

Universities from Barcelona and Zurich Selected to Create a New Design School in China

Through a competition limited to some of the most prestigious universities, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) have been chosen to work with the Harbin Institute of Technology of China (HIT) to create a new school of design, architecture and urbanism in Shenzhen. The new centre will be built on HIT's campus and house up to 1,200 post-graduate and doctoral students, with facilities for research, education and production. Read more about this collaboration after the break.

Polyadès / Stähelin Architekten

  • Architects: Stähelin Architekten
  • Location: Delémont, Switzerland
  • Collaborators: Francesca Bigger, Emilie Christe, Julien Pedrocchi, Ronan Gerber, Denis Steiner, Pham Minh-Luc
  • Area: 3600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Paolo Venturella Proposes “Plus is More” for WHO Headquarters Extension

Aiming to make a statement that architecture can no longer be designed with a single “move”, Rome-based firm, Paolo Venturella Architecture has unveiled their proposal titled “Plus is More” for the WHO Headquarters Extension competition. Although not selected as the winning proposal, Plus is More takes on the maxim of its name, investigating the complexity generated by a combination of "moves," circumventing the common tilted, lifted or pushed buildings that rely on a single movement. Read more about the project after the break.

Casa Sur Ual / Christian Müller

© Susanna von Känel © Susanna von Känel © Susanna von Känel © Susanna von Känel

La Fontenette Social Housing / frundgallina

  • Architects: frundgallina
  • Location: Route de Veyrier 46, 1227 Carouge, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of frundgallina, Milo Keller

Courtesy of frundgallina © Milo Keller Courtesy of frundgallina Courtesy of frundgallina

INSIDE Boutique Centre / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

© Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky © Radek Brunecky

Dürig AG Designs Student Housing for University of Lausanne

Dürig AG has won a competition to design a new Student Housing building for the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Dubbed Vortex, the residential building will house 1,350 students and is also a candidate for the Athletes Village for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. For this reason, the design of the building includes a common path that spirals from the ground floor to the rooftop, creating a distinct social atmosphere that caters to students and athletes.

Courtesy of Dürig AG Courtesy of Dürig AG Courtesy of Dürig AG Courtesy of Dürig AG

House Refurbishment / frundgallina

© Milo Keller © Milo Keller © Milo Keller © Milo Keller

Villa G / SCAPE

  • Architects: SCAPE
  • Location: Sorengo, Switzerland
  • Area: 340.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Francesco Mattuzzi

© Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi © Francesco Mattuzzi

Visitor Centre at the Swiss Ornithological Institute / :mlzd

  • Architects: :mlzd
  • Location: Luzernerstrasse 6, 6204 Sempach, Switzerland
  • Area: 2030.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Alexander Jaquemet

© Alexander Jaquemet © Alexander Jaquemet © Alexander Jaquemet © Alexander Jaquemet

La Sallaz Footbridge / 2b architectes

  • Architects: 2b architectes
  • Location: Passerelle de la Sallaz, 1010 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2b Team: Ph.Béboux, S.Bender, T.Borges, T.Auffret-Postel, M.Buxton, G.Warnking, G.Garcier
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Roger Frei, Courtesy of 2b architectes, Lausanne

© Roger Frei, Zurich © 2b architectes, Lausanne © Roger Frei, Zurich © Roger Frei, Zurich