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Aires Mateus Wins Competition to Design New Pôle Muséal of Lausanne

A jury led by David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Pôle Muséal Support Foundation President Olivier Steimer has announced Aires Mateus & Associados winner of an international competition to design the new Pôle Muséal of Lausanne. The Portuguese architects, chosen over 20 other practices, were lauded by the jury for designing a proposal that was "coherent, simple and bright."

Their design, "One museum, two museums" is comprised as a single exterior shell made up of two parts: the Musée de l’Elysée (Museum of Photography) and mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts). Both museums are connected by a shared entrance that "forms a natural extension to the public esplanade." By 2020, the design will be realized, transforming a former railroad site into a premier section of the city's art district. 

Zellwegerpark Uster / Herzog & de Meuron

  • Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Location: Uster, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger
  • Associate, Project Director: Michael Fischer
  • Associate, Project Managers: Alexander Franz
  • Project Manager: Salomé Gutscher
  • Project Team: Nathalie Birkhäuser, Alen Guberinic, Emmanuel Guilloux, Vasilis Kalisperakis, Beatus Kopp, Aron Lorincz, Christian Schmitt, Eric Stutz, André Vergueiro, Miriam Waltz, Christoph Wassmann, Romy Weber
  • Area: 6400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Erica Overmeer

© Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer © Erica Overmeer

Residential and Commercial Building Messer / ssm architekten

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

Kreuzbühl School Extension / Fischer Architekten

© Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner

Chetzeron Hotel / Actescollectifs Architectes

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

Sonnenhof Residential Complex / Fischer Architekten

© Michael Egloff © Michael Egloff © Michael Egloff © Michael Egloff

Le Gazouillis Day Nursery Refurbishment / Omar Trinca

  • Architects: Omar Trinca
  • Location: Parc Geisendorf, Rue de Lyon, 1203 Genève, Switzerland
  • Collaborator : Guillaume Vallotton
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

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

AMAG Autowelt Zurich / Fischer Architekten

© René Duerr © René Duerr © René Duerr © René Duerr

Breaking Ground Workshop

The Breaking Ground workshop will produce scenarios for the gradual development of a neighbourhood in Geneva, Switzerland, and conceive strategies to open urban design to end-users.

This 5 days events will be attended by masters students from Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich as well as young urbanists from Mumbai, Cairo, New York, Miami, Paris, London, and Vienna.

HHF Architects Design Moving Pavilion for ZeitRäume in Basel

HHF architects has created a temporary pavilion for the first biennial for contemporary music and architecture ZeitRäume in Basel, Switzerland.

At nearly six meters tall, the installation is constructed of simple parts:  “a large drum made of bamboo poles, with a roof of scaffolding brackets.” While seemingly basic in construction, the pavilion additionally features movement in the roof portion, when blown by the wind.

Breaking Ground Workshop

A workshop on the gradual urban development of Geneva will take place from September 21st to September 25th, 2015 at the Fonderie Kugler. Registration to the workshop is open to all independent and creative minds and motivated people within the limits of the available places.

Wooden Structure at Launchlabs / Stereo Architektur

© Lukas Schaffhuser © Lukas Schaffhuser © Lukas Schaffhuser © Lukas Schaffhuser

Le Stelle Housing / Buzzi Architetti

© Marcelo Villada © Tessa Donati © Tessa Donati © Marcelo Villada

gta exhibitions: Book for Architects

Architects write books, read books, love books and collect books. Books loom large for architects – books that endeavor to talk about architecture, books that are a source of inspiration, a forum for polemics, an expression of dreams, wishful thinking and so much more. This exhibition showcases a historical selection of special “books for architects” as well as commentary on books by contemporary architects, historians and theorists, who, in various forms, conceptually and concretely explore a great many aspects of books for architects. Selected items are spatially arranged within the exhibition, moreover, for a mise en scène of reading, writing and collecting books.

ST-Sulpice II / FHV Architectes

  • Architects: FHV Architectes
  • Location: Saint-Sulpice, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Claudius Fruehauf, Guillaume Henry, Carlos Viladoms, Francesca Fraschini, Alberto Sols, Rémy Cottin
  • Construction Management: Pragma SA
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of FHV Architectes

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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