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Richter Dahl Rocha Develops Innovative Façade for SwissTech Convention Center

Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés' "ultramodern" SwissTech Convention Center opened its doors today. Housing a 3,000-seat modular amphitheater which can be converted from conference auditorium, to exhibition hall, to banquet room in only fifteen minutes, the convention center is the first large-scale convention hall to use EPFL's dye-sensitized solar cells (also known as Grätzel Cells). 

This latest addition to the campus's northern quarter already contains a collection of commercial stores and over 500 housing units. Its construction puts the finishing touch too what has been described as a "living campus where students can now stay on campus both night and day."

2LB House / Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes

  • Architects: Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Project Team: Raphaël Nussbaumer, Frédéric Perone, Anjéla Aubert, Luis Antunes, Reto Oechslin, Davide Righenzi
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Lionel Henriod

© Lionel Henriod © Lionel Henriod © Lionel Henriod © Lionel Henriod

Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Richtistrasse 1, 8304 Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
  • Area: 72000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

Alpenblick Restaurant / Büning-Pfaue Kartmann Architekten

© Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti
  • Architects: Büning-Pfaue Kartmann Architekten
  • Location: Uetendorf, Stiftung U.-Berg, 3661 Uetendorf, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Kord Büning-Pfaue, Astrid Kartmann
  • Design Team: Kord Büning-Pfaue, Astrid Kartmann; Ulrich Schindler (construction Site), Matej Draslar (CAD) Richard Kartmann (competition)
  • Area: 420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti

Rovereaz Housing / LOCALARCHITECTURE

  • Architects: LOCALARCHITECTURE
  • Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Architects in Charge: Laurent Saurer, Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Elsa Jejcic
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Mathieu Gafsou

© Mathieu Gafsou © Mathieu Gafsou © Mathieu Gafsou © Mathieu Gafsou

Venice Biennale 2014: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Herzog & de Meuron Collaborate on Swiss Pavilion

Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, has been chosen as curator for the Swiss pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Inspired by director Rem Koolhaas’ theme, “Fundamentals,” Obrist recalled the first architects he ever met, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, and invited them to collaborate on the exhibition. 

“When I was invited to do the pavilion, I thought working with [Herzog and de Meuron] fit in with the whole idea of the biennale this year – looking to the past, and using the past as a toolbox to create the future,” Obrist told ARTINFO UK.  

House in Balsthal / PASCAL FLAMMER

© Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu

gmp Wins First Prize to Design Swiss Children's Hospital

Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), with partners JB Ferrari, have won first prize in an international competition to design a new children’s emergency unit at the Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. The 85-bed hospital will feature a terraced inner courtyard with conservatory, which will serve as a protected outside play area, that offers ample natural light and space for plant-life. 

Residence in Lugano / Volpatohatz

  • Architects: Volpatohatz
  • Location: Lugano, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Nicole Hatz, Marco Volpato, Cristina Casada, Fabio Corbella
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Richard Glover Photography

© Richard Glover Photography © Richard Glover Photography © Richard Glover Photography © Richard Glover Photography

New Mountain Hut At Tracuit / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

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

Sonnenhof Wil / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten

  • Architects: Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten
  • Location: Wil, Switzerland
  • Collaborators: Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten, Othmar Brügger, Stefan de Lazzer Baurealisation
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roman Keller

© Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller

BOBST Headquarters / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

© Yves André
© Yves André

© Yves André © Yves André © Yves André © Yves André

Aarau Bus Station Canopy / Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur

© Niklaus Spoerri © Niklaus Spoerri © Niklaus Spoerri © Niklaus Spoerri