Schoolhouse Grono / Raphael Zuber

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Architects: Raphael Zuber
Location: Grono,
Project Management: Thomas Melliger – Bauplanung, Zürich
Collaborators: David Gianinazzi, Kosuke Yutani
Client: Comune politico di 6537 Grono
Year: 2011
Photographs: Javier Miguel Verme

Cattaneo / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: Dietikon, , Switzerland
Client: Reppisch-Werke AG
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Housing in Nyon / Charles Pictet Architecte

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Architects: Charles Pictet Architecte
Location: , Vaud,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Chalet in Les Diablerets / Charles Pictet Architecte

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Architects: Charles Pictet Architecte
Location: , Vaud,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten

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Architects: Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: R. Matthias Leuppi, Stephanie M. Schafroth
Year: 2007
Photographs: Roger Frei

AD Classics: Centre Le Corbusier (Heidi Weber Museum) / Le Corbusier

Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

Iconic for its floating steel roof and brightly colored panels, the Centre Le Corbusier is the last building Le Corbusier designed before his death in 1965. Completed in 1967, the building stands as a testament to Corbusier’s renaissance genius as an architect, painter, and sculptor. It does so both intentionally, as it is an exhibition space for his life’s work, and naturally, as it is a building masterfully designed. Interestingly, the building diverges in some ways from the style responsible for his renown – concrete, stone, uniform repetition, etc. It celebrates the use of steel, with which he explored prefabrication and assembly, and a freedom through modularity, in which the plan is completely open but infinitely adaptable.

Housing and Shops / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein
Design Team: Mona Farag (associate), Laura Schneider, Sven Richter (project management), Petra Jossen, Thomas Gläss, Christoph Bedall
Year: 2012
Photographs: Walter Mair

AZPA to Transform Nineteenth Century Building into Locarno Film Festival Headquarters

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London and Barcelona-based practice AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture) has been announced as winner of an international competition aimed to establish a permanent residence for the International Film Festival in Switzerland. Breaking away from the starchitect notion of public architecture needing to make an “extravagant gesture”, AZPA’s innovative proposal partakes in an act of “urban recycling” by reusing the pre-existent, nineteenth century structure of Piazza Castello and transforming its interior courtyard into three sizable theaters. Additionally, a complimentary renovation will take place on the surrounding Piazza Remo Rossi, which will be repaved with red natural stone that essentially provides a “permanent red carpet” qualified to host an array of festival related events.

As Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo describes: “I do not want to redraw the city, but keep the city.”

AZPA’s winning design not only preserves and capitalizes on the existing integrity of the city, but the strategies employed makes this an economically viable solution. With an estimated price tag of 28 million Swiss Francs, this renovation is said to be no more than the cost of a complete demolition.

More on AZPA’s winning proposal after the break. 

MIV Villa / Andrea Pelati Architecte

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Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Location: Neuchatel,
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
Project Consultants: GVH SA – civil engineers
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Clottu Villa / Andrea Pelati Architecte

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Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Location: Cornaux,
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
Project Consultants: GVH SA – Civil Engineers
Area: 219 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

House Erlenbach / Spillmann Echsle

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle
Location: Erlenbach,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Frei

Haus am Bach / Dolmus Architekten

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Architects: Dolmus Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Gani Turunc, Cédric von Däniken, Miriam Egger, Marco Cappuccini
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Guggisberg, Aytac Pekdemir

Vorwerk Uster / Spillmann Echsle

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle
Location: Uster,
Project Leader: Simone Retter
Client: Trümper AG
Year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Frei

House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten
Location: Iselisbergstrasse, Uesslingen-Buch,
Architect In Charge: Monika Moor
Construction Management: Haeni Baumanagement, Uesslingen
Main Constructor: Kaufmann Oberholzer, Schönenberg
Year: 2008
Photographs: Roger Frei

Gümligenpark New Credit Suisse Backoffice / Burckhardt+Partner

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Architects: Burckhardt+Partner
Location: ,
Client: HRS Real Estate AG
Area: 22,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Croci & Du Fresne, Carmela Ordoni

Zoo Basel Ozeanium 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / HHF & Burckhardt + Partner

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HHF & Burckhardt + Partner shared with us their second prize winning proposal for the Zoo Ozeanium, which is embedded in the city and used as a park by residents and visitors. The proposed Ozeanium accommodates the scale of the surrounding buildings, such as the Rialto swimming pool, the market hall and the tall buildings on the city ring. The striking, confident construction volume is a clear indication of what an attraction this will be, enriching the city in a central location. The redesigning of the green area Nachtigallenwäldeli and the construction of the new Ozeanium, an ocean aquarium, on the Heuwaage are bringing the zoo and the park area even closer to the city center, to form an attractive living environment and recreational area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Crematorium in the Hörnli Cemetary Competition Entry / Josep Ferrando, David Recio, Rafael Aliende

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The proposal by Josep Ferrando, David Recio, and Rafael Aliende for the new crematorium in the Hörnli cemetery respects the identity of the protected existing building while establishing a void between it and the upper street level, an “entrance space”. This “empty-built” space between the two buildings, the existing one and the new one, becomes the entry square because of their connection in the underground level. This way, the new building appears as a visually independent and representative piece, isolated among the trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UPDATE: Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As a follow up to our recent post on the recent win by Boltshauser Architekten for their Basel Aquarium design in Switzerland, we wanted to share with you the other entries by Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects and Caruso St John Architects. Zaha Hadid’s ‘Blue Cave,’ while praised for its excellent quality, was criticised for its thin visitor aisles; the jury felt the “dynamic” styling of the building’s interior would have been in competition with the aquariums, and so the project came in third out of the 15 shortlisted entries. More information and images on the other entries, after the break.