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.
Architects: Davide Macullo Architects
Location: Oberriet, SG, Switzerland
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
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, Switzerland. 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.
Earlier this month, Roche held a foundation stone-laying ceremony for their new office building that is currently being constructed in Basel, Switzerland. Designed by the Basel-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.
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The project for the FFS Train Station District by Dominique Perrault Architecture was born from a simple action: covering the small station of Locarno-Muralto by a large balcony platform on Lake Maggiore. So, on the infrastructure, lays a large public space, the Piazza Grande, an void space that allows to freely cross the city and create a new centrality. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The iconic nature of the winning proposal for the Planetarium, Centre for Eco Tourism, and Science and Technology Centre is balanced by a rational response to the brief and the constraints of the site. By isolating the planetarium and the activities linked closely to it the design by JB Ferrari & Associates is able to exploit the strong potential for volumetric expression. This allows for a more subdued intervention to the historic buildings. Seemingly evident, such a direction is not an obvious reading of the brief but is made possible through astute reinterpretation of the district plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Studio DWTW shared with us their proposal for the Lausanne Planetarium Proposal which creates a place which is devoted to showing and sharing science. Their aim is to make a cultural contribution in the widest sense in a society which is characterized like no other by science and by the desire to understand our world and where we come from. As a result, their design invites visitors to find out about and actively experience themes and correlations that exist within nature, research of space and nature poses a particular challenge. For this very reason, a task of this nature demands due respect, which is successfully demonstrated here. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Out of a collaboration between the Emergent Technologies and Design program (EmTech) of the Architectural Association (AA), London, and the Chair of Structural Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, a temporary light timber construction has been designed that functions as sun shading for parts of the grand stairs in front of the architecture department of the ETH. Based on bending behavior under the self-weight of over-sized sheets of plywood of up to 11 x 2.5 m, the design activates the material properties as the defining element in the transfer of forces. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Marciano Architecture shared with us their proposal for the ‘Stavia 2012′ competition. Located in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland, the thin blades of the hotel fit the smooth landscape of the lake to create a suspended, stretched design towards the horizon. The project celebrates the meeting between the landscape of the park and the lake, nature and water, in a staging of the exchange, the pleasure of vacationing. More images and architects’ description after the break.