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Lomocubes / Motta Papiani Architetti

Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti
Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti
  • Architects: Motta Papiani Architetti
  • Location: Via Sassa, 6900 Massagno, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti

Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti

5.5m x 5.5m / LVPH

  • Architects: LVPH
  • Location: Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jérôme Humbert, Courtesy of LVPH

© Jérôme Humbert Courtesy of LVPH © Jérôme Humbert © Jérôme Humbert

Community Centre for Evangelical Reformed Church in Würenlos / Menzi Bürgler Architekten

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander

2db Transformation Residential House / Dubail Begert Architectes

  • Architects: Dubail Begert Architectes
  • Location: Rue des Prés 12, 2350 Saignelégier, Switzerland
  • Client: Db
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Db

Courtesy of Db Courtesy of Db Courtesy of Db Courtesy of Db

Humanitarium / group8

  • Architects: group8
  • Location: Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat and Blaise Fontaine.
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair

TSN Residential Extension Le Noirmont / Dubail Begert Architectes

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House in the March District / Kit Architects

  • Architects: Kit Architects
  • Location: March District, Switzerland
  • Quantity Surveyor And Construction Management: Laterza Graf Baupartner GmbH
  • Area: 325.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli

© Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli

Freudenau Mill / Furrer Jud Architekten

  • Architects: Furrer Jud Architekten
  • Location: Wil, Switzerland
  • Architects In Charge: Patric Furrer, Andreas Jud, Frédéric Muller, Christophe Besson
  • Area: 2014.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Benedikt Redmann

© Benedikt Redmann © Benedikt Redmann © Benedikt Redmann © Benedikt Redmann

Lussy Sport Hall / Virdis Architecture

  • Architects: Virdis Architecture
  • Location: Chemin de Crey Derrey, 1618 Châtel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Virdis Sebastien, Dafflon Alain, Delaloye François
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jantscher Thomas

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

Reinstating the Relevance of Academic Journals: trans magazin

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Courtesy of trans magazine

trans magazin, a semi-annual journal published by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ, seeks to address "issues in architecture and urban development from a variety of perspectives." Managed by an independent student editorial team since 1997, the publication studies and discusses humanities, politics, philosophy and the arts. It is "a platform for interdisciplinary discourse" packaged in a beautifully printed, weighty periodical.

DEY House / Cagna + Wenger Architectes

© Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

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

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Herzog & de Meuron, & Atelier Bow-Wow's "Stroll Through a Fun Palace" - Switzerland's Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2014

"We often invent the future with elements from the past."

From the Curators. Within the Biennale’s context of re-examining the fundamentals of architecture over the past century, the Swiss Pavilion focuses on the English architect Cedric Price (1925–2003) and the Swiss sociologist Lucius Burckhardt (1934–2003), two great visionaries whose work resonates with and continues to inspire the new generations of the 21st century.

Both were serial inventors. The trans-disciplinary cultural centre designed by Price, Fun Palace, for example, which was never realized, is emblematic of our own era. It lends itself more to the choreography of 21st century time-based exhibitions than to the object-based displays of the 20th century; it fosters a more communal experience, largely free to operate outside its material limits, and ventures into other realms of human experience. In Price’s own words, “a 21st century museum will utilize calculated uncertainty and conscious incompleteness to produce a catalyst for invigorating change whilst always producing the harvest of the quiet eye”.1

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker

Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have announced BIG as the designers for an extension to their headquarters in Le Brassus, near Le Chenit. The design includes gallery spaces for a museum, work spaces and a guest house. Conceived as a spiralling glass pavilion embedded in the landscape, BIG's design - entilted Maison des Fondateurs - will take visitors on a narrative journey through the company's 139-year history.

More images after the break

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG

Video: Tamedia New Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects

Occupying an existing footprint in the heart of Zurich, Shigeru Ban Architects' Tamedia headquarters is distinct for its stunning timber structure. Beyond the environmental benefits of using wood as the main structural material, the wood's visibility "gives a very special character and high quality spatiality to the working atmosphere," as Ban once described. Take a look in the Spirit of Space video above for a good understanding of what if feels like to be inside the space. 

Extension Railway Service Facility / EM2N

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Herdern, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, Christof Zollinger, Stefan Berle, Duarte Brito, Fabian Hörmann (Associate), Mathias Kampmann, Benjamin Nordmann
  • Area: 13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Gian Paolo Minelli

Student Apartments in Luzern / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Walter Mair