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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.

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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

Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel

Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig have opened their "Outpost Basel" pavilion for the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Incorporating materials and cultural elements from America, Japan, Austria, and Romania, the pavilion is a “high-design space made from everyday materials,” with a design centered on the idea of contrast, much like the concept of yin-yang. Different levels of lighting, material colors, and uses of space are contrasted with balance in order to create a functional, flexible meeting and gathering space.

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott

Multipurpose Sports Hall and Secondary School Collège du Léman / Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher

Casa Desgraz / studio inches architettura

© Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi © Simone Bossi