Winery Gantenbein / Gramazio & Kohler + Bearth & Deplazes Architekten

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Architects: Gramazio & Kohler, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Tobias Bonwetsch
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Ralph Feiner, Courtesy of

Public Toilets / Gramazio & Kohler

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Architects: Gramazio & Kohler
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sarah Schneider
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Gramazio & Kohler

Kirchplatz Office + Residence / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

Residence © Borje Müller

Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: , Switzerland
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Borje Müller

Housing Development / kit Architects

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Designed by kit Architects, in collaboration with schibliholenstein architekten, the winning proposal for a 33 apartment housing development in Nuerensdorf, , Switerland consists of six buildings, which occupy the land equally. The loose alternating arrangement allows multiple connections to the open countryside in the north and to the garden framed single and multi-family dwellings in the immediate neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Feldbalz House / Gus Wüstemann

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Architects: Gus Wüstemann
Location: Zurich,
Project Team: Marta B. Goñi, Rodrigo Iturrieta
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 276.0 sqm
Photographs: Bruno Helbling

VoltaMitte / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: Basle,
Design Team: Mona Farag, Marion Clauss, Stefan Heiniger, Laura Schneider, Mathias Sehn, David Vaner
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

WohnWerk / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: Basle,
Design Team: Julia Tobler, Tabea Lachenmann, Berend Frenzel, Nicole Ritschard, Marcus Kopper, Anette Schick
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roman Keller

Flashback: Signal Box / Herzog & de Meuron

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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: ,
Project Year: 1994
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Office Building in Liestal / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Roman Keller

Primary and Secondary School Proposal / RaichdelRio

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With the challenge to design a large primary and secondary school in Allscwhil, a low density residential zone in the only free spot in the area, this proposal seeks to maintain the public void by formalizing a close relationship to the environment. By doing so, RaichdelRio estudi d’arquitectura achieves a big scale program in a small town appearance, being both coherent with the environment and with his use. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress Update: Messe Basel / Herzog & de Meuron

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Last November, ArchDaily reported on the new additions to Messe – a multifunctional exhibition building that is designed to become a destination for the public.  The project is designed by architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron and will include additions and relocations of the existing halls of the building. The existing hall will be extended via a three-story addition will replace two existing exhibition halls and include various scales of venues to attract different groups and events. New connections between parts of the building will be bridged with overhead walkways and transparencies between spaces. For a look at the early construction phase, click here.

More updates on the project after the break.


Avenue de France Administrative Building / Group8

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Architects: Group8
Location: Genève,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Régis Golay

Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg


Dominique Perrault Architecture, the French practice recently awarded with the opportunity to build a tower called The Blade in Seoul as part of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan, has now been announced as winner of a concept/construction international competition for the Esplanade Tower in downtown , .  The high rise is part of regeneration project of the Swiss Federal Railways at the site of the former Pilettes Station.

More after the break.

Riethüsli Primary School / MPP Architekten

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Located on top of a plateau, which is abruptly ended by a sloped edge, the strong topographical element of the Riethüsli Primary School leads to a severe breaking point between the site and its surrounding context. Designed by MPP Architekten, the aim of the concept is to let the school act as an urban communicator. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jansen Campus / Davide Macullo Architects

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Architects: Davide Macullo Architects
Location: , SG,
Client: Jansen AG
Principal: Davide Macullo
Project architect: Lorenza Tallarini
Design collaborators: Ah Lom Kim; Aileen Forbes-Munnelly; Karen Abernethy; Michele Alberio; Samuela Pfund; Alias Spa – Grumello del Monte I; Sara SA – Tenero TI; Stoll Giroflex – Lenzburg AG
Completion: May 2012
Total floor area: 3,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Davide Macullo Architects


Children’s Hospital Zürich / Herzog & de Meuron

Esplanade of the Children's Hospital © Herzog & de Meuron

Due to space limitations and increasingly aging infrastructure, Kinderspital Zürich called for a two-phase competition to design a new children’s hospital in the Lengg district of Zürich, . At the recommendation of the jury, the foundation board of Kinderspital Zürich announced Herzog & de Meuron as the competition winner in May 2012. Their winning proposal includes a three-storey, wooden Children’s Hospital that provides a flexible, child-friendly environment. Furthermore, Herzog & de Meuron uses simple geometry to connect the contrasting typologies of the Children’s Hospital with the freestanding, six-story Centre for Teaching and Research that will also be located on the new medical campus.

Kinderspital Zürich expects to commission the new building in 2018. Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

In Progress: Roche Building 1 / Herzog & de Meuron

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Earlier this month, Roche held a foundation stone-laying ceremony for their new office building that is currently being constructed in , . Designed by the -based architecture practice of Herzog & de Meuron, the 178-meter-tall tapering structure will be formed by superimposed floor slabs that narrow as the high rise ascends. Its simple shape and predominantly white color scheme will anchor itself within the urban setting of Basel and become one of the few high rises scattered throughout the city’s skyline.

Continue after the break for more images and information.

Rizza House / Studio Inches Architettura

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

Architects: Studio Inches Architettura – Matteo Inches
Location: Vacallo, Ticino,
Design Team: Arch. Matteo Inches, Nastasja Geleta
Completion: 2012
Ground Coverage: 42 sqm

Total Floor Area: 120sqm
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz