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

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“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

BIG Designs Spiralling Museum for Swiss Watchmaker

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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.

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Extension Railway Service Facility / EM2N

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

Loft B / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

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Architects: Durisch + Nolli Architetti
Location: Via Segoma, Riva San Vitale,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Gian Paolo Minelli

Student Apartments in Luzern / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

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Architects: Durisch + Nolli Architetti
Location: Steinhofstrasse, , Switzerland
Area: 2,430 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Walter Mair, Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Bahnhofplatz Winterthur / Stutz Bolt Partner

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Architects: Stutz Bolt Partner
Location: Bahnhofplatz, Winterthur,
Cost: 15 Mio. SFR (10 Mio. GBP, 12 Mio. Euro)
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Haug

Villa Dind / Link architectes

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Architects: Link architectes
Location: 1814 La Tour-de-Peilz,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lionel Henriod, Thomas Hämmerli, Jay Louvion

Steiner School / LOCALARCHITECTURE

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Architects: LOCALARCHITECTURE
Location: Route du Bois-Genoud 36, 1023 ,
Architect In Charge: Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Laurent Saurer, Aude Mermier, Nicolas Willemet
Area: 1368.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Matthieu Gafsou

Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects Open Days 2014

Villa Dind / / Photo by Lionel Henriod

For three days, from May 9 to May 11, you’ll be able to visit more than 300 works designed by (Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects) affiliated professionals. In many cases, it’s the same architects and designers who worked on the projects the ones who’ll be guiding the free tours.

The 2014 edition will feature a wide range of projects, from affordable single homes to transportation systems, hiking trails, a shoe factory or the new building of the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland in Olten. More information on all the projects available for visit can be found at www.journees-sia.ch.

Helvetia Commissions Herzog & de Meuron to Extend Headquarters

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Herzog & de Meuron has been commissioned to design the fourth and final extension to Helvetia’s Head Office in St. Gallen. The new west wing will join three other structures, all of which share the same uniform facade treatment, to complete the insurance company’s headquarters and provide a prominent entrance, cafe, meeting rooms and additional office space.

3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

Screenshot of the proposed site of the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, .. Image Courtesy of Google Earth

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced 3XN as the winner of the competition to design the IOC’s new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The decision to choose the Denmark-based firm over eleven other firms, including OMA, Toyo Ito, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College.

The 14,000 square meter Headquarters will be part of a greater ‘Olympic campus’ of administrative buildings, located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake .

The entire shortlist and more from 3XN, after the break…

Roduit Studio / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

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Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Roduit House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

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Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: ,
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Boisset House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

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Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: Le Biolley, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Casa C / Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten

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Architects: Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten
Location: Reckingen-Gluringen,
Area: 244.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia, Courtesy of Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten

Richter Dahl Rocha Develops Innovative Façade for SwissTech Convention Center

Grätzel façade. Image Courtesy of SwissTech Convention Center and Northern District

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

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Architects: Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes
Location: , Switzerland
Project Team: Raphaël Nussbaumer, Frédéric Perone, Anjéla Aubert, Luis Antunes, Reto Oechslin, Davide Righenzi
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lionel Henriod

Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Richtistrasse, Wallisellen,
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
Area: 72,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Bitter