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: Geneva,
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

© Jan Bitter

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

Savioz House / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

© Thomas Jantscher

Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: Giète Délé, 1966 , Switzerland
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Alpenblick Restaurant / Büning-Pfaue Kartmann Architekten

© Ruedi Walti

Architects: Büning-Pfaue Kartmann Architekten
Location: , Stiftung U.-Berg, 3661 ,
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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ruedi Walti


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Location: , Switzerland
Architects In Charge: Laurent Saurer, Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Elsa Jejcic
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu Gafsou

House in Balsthal / PASCAL FLAMMER

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Location: , Switzerland
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

Venice Biennale 2014: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Herzog & de Meuron Collaborate on Swiss Pavilion

Venice Biennale 2012: Pavilion. Image © Nico Saieh

, 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.  

gmp Wins First Prize to Design Swiss Children’s Hospital

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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 University Hospital in . 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.

Residence in Lugano / Volpatohatz

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Architects: Volpatohatz
Location: ,
Design Team: Nicole Hatz, Marco Volpato, Cristina Casada, Fabio Corbella
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard Glover Photography

New Mountain Hut At Tracuit / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

© Thomas Jantscher

Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: Tracuit, , Switzerland
Engineer: Alpatec Sa, Martigny
Area: 1,920 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Tamedia Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects

© Didier Boy de la Tour

Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Shigeru Ban
Area: 10,120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour, Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects

Barn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes

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Architects: Aeby Aumann Emery architectes
Location: La Tornalla 17, Villarepos,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Corinne Cuendet, Thomas Jantscher

Sonnenhof Wil / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten

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Architects: Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Collaborators: Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten, Othmar Brügger, Stefan de Lazzer Baurealisation
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roman Keller

BOBST Headquarters / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

© Yves André

Architects: Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés
Location: Chemin de Faraz,
Area: 53728.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yves André

Aarau Bus Station Canopy / Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur

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Architects: Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur
Location: ,
Area: 1070.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Niklaus Spoerri

IMD Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center / Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés

© Yves André

Architects: Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés
Location: Chemin de Bellerive 34, 1007 ,
Area: 4975.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Yves André, Olivier Wavre

House On The River Reuss / Dolmus Architects

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Architects: Dolmus Architects
Location: , Switzerland
Head Architects: Cédric von Däniken, Gani Turunc
Area: 886 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roger Frei, Aynur Turunc