For three days, from May 9 to May 11, you’ll be able to visit more than 300 works designed by SIA (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.
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.
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 Geneva.
The entire shortlist and more from 3XN, after the break…
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.”
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
Photographs: Ruedi Walti
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.
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.