The hotel-spa building proposal for the ‘Stavia 2012′ competition aims to be fully integrated with the landscape, for it is covered by a green slope that hides the stack of the building. Designed by Menomenopiu Architects, the building is no longer an urban border between the city and the lake but it rather becomes nature’s means to claim and regain the bank by providing the user with a promenade equipped with different services. More images and architects’ description after the break.
i2a istituto internazionale di architettura will be organizing a round table on airports and their complexity on Friday, March 16th at 8:00pm in Vico Morcote. Representatives of the fields of airport management and design will be joined by two artists to exchange stories, uses, criticality and design of several airports in and around Ticino. They will be offering a more poetic vision of infrastructure as a reflection on spatial types. This discussion will coincide with the opening of the exhibition The life of airports. Two case studies: Lugano and Santa Maria Island (Azores). More information on the event after the break.
The planetarium and science center project by Gillot + Givry is designed to be a strong image in the urban context of the city of Chalet-a-Gobet, Switzerland. Worth and deserving specific treatment, it is important to strike the right balance against such a strong backdrop of heritage. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Ipas Architectes
Location: Granges-Paccot, Switzerland
Design Team: Salvatore Chillari, Michel Egger, Eric Ott, Gilles Batista, Delphine Jeanneret-Gris, Michael Desaules, Alfio Fantini, David Lombard, Melissa Strummiello, Sabrina Pais, Pauline Chevrier, Céline Lachelin.
Collaborators: Planification Générale Serge Charrière, MGI Partenaires Ingénieurs Conseils SA, Enerconom AG, Arteco SA , Sacao SA, Hautle Anderegg & Partenaires SA.
Photographs: Gérald Sciboz, Thomas Jantscher
The proposal for the new kindergarten and multipurpose hall by ABCG Architettura & Lopesbrenna Architetti in Lugano, Switzerland aims to rearrange the lot in question via a solution that has its strength in simplicity, bridging the gap to the free sides of the area. They do so through the volume of the school which is supported throughout via Nola, while the cube‐shaped multipurpose hall marks the public entrance into via Ferri. More images and architects’ description after the break.
In association with Jean-Baptiste Ferrari et Associes SA, gmp Architekten recently won the competition for a sports complex and urban re-design in Lausanne, Switzerland. The design manages to create an urban link between the diverse structure of the neighboring quarters, the new proposed residential quarter and the shores of Lake Geneva. Situated on a triangular lot, the site is defined in the south by the motorway and in the west and north by large arterial roads. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte + Ipas Architectes
Location: Rue Charles-Knapp 30, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
General management: andrea pelati architecte
Design: ipas architectes sa
Execution: andrea pelati architecte
Author: Eric Ott, ipas architects sa
Co-author: Andrea Pelati
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Eric Ott, Gilles Batista, Jean-Claude Prêtre
Project Consultants: Mauler SA – Ccivil Engineers
Client: Habitat Concept Sàrl
Project Area: 1,950 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2011
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Gérald Sciboz
Location: Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
Surface Area: 370 sqm (old buildings 290 sqm, new building 80 sqm)
Floor Space: 990 sqm (old buildings 820 sqm, new building 170 sqm)
Façade of New Building: 200 sqm
Costs of Construction (including exhibition): CHF 5.8 million
Photographs: Courtesy of mlzd
Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos in collaboration with Giraudi-Wettstein
Location: Basel train station, Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Completion date: 2003
Collaborators: J. C. Mulero, M. Velasco, L. Gutiérrez. Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos M. Delmenico, T. Radczuweit, P. Vitali. Giraudi-Wettstein, Itten + Brechbühl AG., Technical Surveyors, Passera & Pedretti, Structural Consultant, Rinaldo Passera, Erich Borer, Tadeusz Tzsesiac, Suiselectra Ingenierunternehmungn AG, Services Consultant
Built area: Footbridge: 9.000 sqm
Parking: 14.700 sqm
Client: Passarelle Bahnhof Basel SBB
Photographs: Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
Between 22 July – 05 August 2012, the architects group Krokodil (EM2N, pool, Roger Boltshauser, Frank Zierau, Schweingruber Zulauf) and the Department of Architecture of the ETH Zurich (D-ARCH) will jointly run the International Summer Academy 2012 in Zurich with the title “From Suburb to City”.
Well-known architects from Switzerland and other countries will examine the themes of agglomeration/city/landscape using the example of the Zurich metropolitan area. The two-week-long International Summer Academy Zurich is directed at students and those embarking upon their professional careers in the areas of architecture/urban planning and landscape architecture from Switzerland and abroad. Each studio decides upon its own particular task in conducting a critical examination of the urban design proposal “Glatt – the City” and spotlights relevant processes in the development of a city. For more information, please visit here.
HASSELL, an international design practice, was recently awarded for their entry in both categories of the international Public Realm competition for CERN in Geneva. The competition entry, which was produced by the London studio of HASSELL, was the sole UK based design practice to be recognized with an award. The open international competition, run by the Canton of Geneva, was launched in May 2011. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Over an area of almost 150 hectares in the locality of Andermatt, the year-round tourist resort Andermatt Swiss Alps is being built. Hotels as well as apartments, an 18-hole golf course and a sports center will provide housing and recreation for up to 3000 guests. Despite the substantial size of the resort, the main goal of Holzer Kobler Architekturen is to create a sustainable, high-quality tourist experience. More images and architects‘ description after the break.
Duccio Malagamba shared with us his photographic work on Herzog and de Meuron’s Museum der Kulturen. His photos not just provide us with more images on this exciting design, but allow us to really appreciate the stunning details and architectural elements shown such as its historic walls and beautiful rooftop of irregular folds.
After two years of reconstruction, refurbishment and expansion, it recently re-opened in early September of this year and continues to be one of Europe’s great ethnographic museums. More photos by Duccio Malagamba can be viewed after the break.