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The Apple and the Leaf: On How in Architecture There Are No Indisputable Truths

10:00 - 2 October, 2015
The Apple and the Leaf: On How in Architecture There Are No Indisputable Truths, Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati. Image © Archive Olgiati
Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati. Image © Archive Olgiati

For many centuries, the demands of gravity appeared to give architecture one requirement that was largely unquestionable: that structures must rise vertically. However, with the advent of steel it was revealed that this limit had not been provided by gravity but by our own limited technologies. In this text, originally published by Domus Magazine in Italian and shared with ArchDaily by the author, Alberto Campo Baeza reflects on the architectural freedom offered by steel structures and the arbitrariness they bring to architectural space.

Isaac Newton was resting under an apple-tree in his garden when an apple fell on his head. Being endowed with such a privileged head and thoughts faster than lightning, he rose forthwith from his afternoon nap and set about calculating the acceleration of gravity.

Had Sir Isaac Newton had a little more patience and had he taken his time in getting to his feet, he might have noticed how, following the apple, a few leaves also fell from that same apple-tree, and while they fell, they did so in quite a different manner to the apple.

"I am writing this text in honor of the architect Valerio Olgiati, after seeing his very beautiful house in Portugal". Image © Archive Olgiati Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez. Image Courtesy of Christian Kerez Rufo House / Alberto Campo Baeza. "But I, who have always defended orthogonal structures, also argue that structures do not always necessarily have to be orthogonal". Image © Javier Callejas Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez. From the architect's description: "The concrete wall slices are placed one above the other, suspended under each other or cantilevered. They form the loadbearing structure... their structurally essential organization remains hidden behind the appearance of a free, open-ended design". Image © Walter Mair +6

Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati

12:00 - 1 April, 2015
Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati, © Archive Olgiati
© Archive Olgiati
  • Architects

  • Location

    Alentejo, 3400, Portugal
  • Collaborators

    Patricia Da Silva (project manager office Olgiati), Daisuke Kokufuda, Liviu Vasiu
  • General Contractor

    Matriz Sociedade de Construções Lda.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Residential Building Zug Schleife / Valerio Olgiati

01:00 - 20 January, 2014
Residential Building Zug Schleife / Valerio Olgiati, © Javier Miguel Verme
© Javier Miguel Verme
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zug, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Aldo Duelli (project manager office Olgiati), David Bellasi, Liviu Vasiu, Jonas Ulmer, Sara Wiedenbeck
  • Area

    13100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme +16

The Images of Architects / Valerio Olgiati

01:00 - 18 July, 2013

Venice Biennale 2012: Pictographs - Statements of Contemporary Architects / Valerio Olgiati

18:00 - 11 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Pictographs - Statements of Contemporary Architects / Valerio Olgiati, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Through this installation, Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati explores the ambiguous and complex “common ground” of inspiration and imagination in architecture. Images, selected by architects from around the world, represent the infinitely varied forms of visual material that are collected in their imaginations and subsequently transformed through the creative process.

Plantahof Auditorium

01:00 - 21 March, 2012
Plantahof Auditorium, © Javier Miguel Verme
© Javier Miguel Verme
  • Architects

  • Location

    Landquart, Switzerland
  • Collaborators

    Nathan Ghiringhelli, Daisuke Kokufuda
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme +9

K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati

01:00 - 28 May, 2010
K+N Residence / Valerio Olgiati
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Architect

     Valerio Olgiati
  • Project Manager

     Pascal Flammer
  • Structural Engineer

     Patrick Gartmann, partner of Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann AG, Chur
  • Construction Supervisor

     Peter Diggelmann, Archobau AG, Chur
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

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National Park Centre / Valerio Olgiati

01:00 - 16 May, 2010
National Park Centre / Valerio Olgiati, © Javier Miguel Verme
© Javier Miguel Verme
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zernez, Switzerland
  • Architect

     Valerio Olgiati
  • Collaborators

     Aldo Duelli (project manager office Olgiati), Fabrizio Ballabio, Theo Barmettler, Pascal Flammer, Herwig Lins, Sara Wiedenbeck
  • Structural Engineer

     Jon Andrea Könz, Ing.-Büro, Zernez + Dr.Schwarz Consulting, Zug
  • Client

     Swiss National Parc, Zernez
  • Construction Supervisor

     Rico Stupan, Architectura DC SA, Scuol + Claudio Bulfoni, Castellani & Bulfoni, Scuol
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme © Javier Miguel Verme +9

Atelier Bardill / Valerio Olgiati

01:00 - 5 May, 2010
Atelier Bardill / Valerio Olgiati
  • Architects

  • Location

    Scharans, Switzerland
  • Architect

    Valerio Olgiati
  • Collaborators

    Nathan Ghiringhelli (project manager office Olgiati), Nikolai Müller, Mario Beeli
  • Structural Engineer

    Patrick Gartmann, partner of Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann AG, Chur
  • Client

    Linard Bardill, musician + poet
  • Construction Supervisor

    Linard Bardill
  • Area

    285.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

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