Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on Public “Bathing Lake” in Riehen


In 1979, just a year after founding their practice, Herzog & de Meuron won a competition to design a public swimming pool for the Swiss municipality of . After developing several unrealized iterations over the following years, the project was put on hold indefinitely in 1982. Twenty-five years later, in 2007, Herzog & de Meuron were commissioned to rethink the project and proposed to abandon the conventional pool concept with its mechanical and chemical water treatment systems in favor of a pool closer to natural condition with biological filtration.

Apartment Building in Chailly / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

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Architects: Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects
Location: Lausanne,
Architect In Charge:
Civil Engineer: SD ingénierie Lausanne SA
Environmental Engineer: Planair SA
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

SUPSI Campus Project / Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Kengo Kuma has paired up with Studio d`Architettura Martino Pedrozzi to develop a two-phase addition to La Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI), an institute of higher-education in applied science located in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. The proposal intends to overcome an existing urban barrier of an expansive railway system to link the university to the city of , utilizing a “skywalk” as well as a large underpass. Because accessibility and movement are at the core of the building’s design, the new addition is a fusion of infrastructure as well as artificial landscape.

More on the SUPSI after the break.

Cinema Hall of Locarno Film Festival Proposal / Mauro Turin Architectes

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The design of the future Cinema Hall of Film Festival by Mauro Turin Architectes was inspired by a strong urban vision. The main goal of the project therefore resulted in the will to create a building that is at the same time unique and harmonious, which refuses to be a stand-alone project by participating actively to the landscape of the city of Locarno. More images and architects’ description after the break.

R House / Frei + Saarinen

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Architects: Frei + Saarinen
Location: Kilchberg, Zurich,
Architect In Charge: Barbara Frei, Martin Saarinen, Stefan Wülser
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stefan Wülser, Zürich


© Matthieu Gafsou

Location: ,
Project Architects: Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Laurent Saurer
Year: 2012
Photographs: Matthieu Gafsou

In Progress: Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: , Switzerland
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Felix Thies, Maik Ilmer
Area: 72,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter


© Mathieu Gafsou

Location: Chemin de Cressy 63, ,
Partners In Charge: ntoine Robert-Grandpierre, Manuel Bieler, Laurent Saurer
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mathieu Gafsou

House in Reckingen / Roman Hutter Architektur

© Markus Käch

Architects: Roman Hutter Architektur
Location: Reckingen,
Architect In Charge: Roman Hutter, Carola Wies
Collaborator Architect: Harry Heyck
Area: 135.8 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Markus Käch

120 affordable appartments / meier + associés architectes + Burckhardt Partner

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Architects: meier + associés architectes , Burckhardt Partner
Location: , Switzerland
Area: 11000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jean-Michel Landecy

‘Stairway to Heaven’ Second Prize Winning Proposal / PYO Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d’Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste

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Inspired by the adjacent canal’s pragmatic linearity and the industrial buildings located on the left bank, the second prize winning proposal, titled ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for the new high school appears as a linear volume located in the extension of the Veveyse promenade’s perspective. Designed by PYO Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d’Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste, the basic organization of the building is staged with a central staircase of generous proportions linking a sequence of public spaces that interrupt diagonally the classrooms structural grid.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Studio in an Agricultural Building / Charles Pictet Architecte

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Architects: Charles Pictet Architecte
Location: 1257 Landecy, Genève,
Architect In Charge: FAS SIA
Collaborator: Franklin Regad, architecte EPFL
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher, Courtesy of Charles Pictet Architecte

Messe Basel New Hall / Herzog & de Meuron

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Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Location: Basel,
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach (Partner in Charge), Wolfgang Hardt
Client: MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.
Area: 83,297 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Messe Basel

Schoolhouse Grono / Raphael Zuber

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Architects: Raphael Zuber
Location: ,
Project Management: Thomas Melliger – Bauplanung, Zürich
Collaborators: David Gianinazzi, Kosuke Yutani
Client: Comune politico di 6537 Grono
Year: 2011
Photographs: Javier Miguel Verme

Cattaneo / Holzer Kobler Architekturen

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Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Location: , Zurich,
Client: Reppisch-Werke AG
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Housing in Nyon / Charles Pictet Architecte

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Architects: Charles Pictet Architecte
Location: Nyon, Vaud,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Chalet in Les Diablerets / Charles Pictet Architecte

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Architects: Charles Pictet Architecte
Location: , Vaud,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten

© Roger Frei

Architects: Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: R. Matthias Leuppi, Stephanie M. Schafroth
Year: 2007
Photographs: Roger Frei