House Erlenbach / Spillmann Echsle

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle
Location: Erlenbach,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Frei

Haus am Bach / Dolmus Architekten

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Architects: Dolmus Architekten
Location: Lucerne,
Architect In Charge: Gani Turunc, Cédric von Däniken, Miriam Egger, Marco Cappuccini
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Guggisberg, Aytac Pekdemir

Vorwerk Uster / Spillmann Echsle

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle
Location: Uster,
Project Leader: Simone Retter
Client: Trümper AG
Year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Frei

House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten
Location: Iselisbergstrasse, Uesslingen-Buch, Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Monika Moor
Construction Management: Haeni Baumanagement, Uesslingen
Main Constructor: Kaufmann Oberholzer, Schönenberg
Year: 2008
Photographs: Roger Frei

Gümligenpark New Credit Suisse Backoffice / Burckhardt+Partner

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Architects: Burckhardt+Partner
Location: ,
Client: HRS Real Estate AG
Area: 22,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Croci & Du Fresne, Carmela Ordoni

Zoo Basel Ozeanium 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / HHF & Burckhardt + Partner

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HHF & Burckhardt + Partner shared with us their second prize winning proposal for the Zoo Basel Ozeanium, which is embedded in the city and used as a park by residents and visitors. The proposed Ozeanium accommodates the scale of the surrounding buildings, such as the Rialto swimming pool, the market hall and the tall buildings on the city ring. The striking, confident construction volume is a clear indication of what an attraction this will be, enriching the city in a central location. The redesigning of the green area Nachtigallenwäldeli and the construction of the new Ozeanium, an ocean aquarium, on the Heuwaage are bringing the zoo and the park area even closer to the city center, to form an attractive living environment and recreational area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Crematorium in the Hörnli Cemetary Competition Entry / Josep Ferrando, David Recio, Rafael Aliende

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The proposal by Josep Ferrando, David Recio, and Rafael Aliende for the new crematorium in the Hörnli cemetery respects the identity of the protected existing building while establishing a void between it and the upper street level, an “entrance space”. This “empty-built” space between the two buildings, the existing one and the new one, becomes the entry square because of their connection in the underground level. This way, the new building appears as a visually independent and representative piece, isolated among the trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UPDATE: Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As a follow up to our recent post on the recent win by Boltshauser Architekten for their Basel Aquarium design in , we wanted to share with you the other entries by Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects and Caruso St John Architects. Zaha Hadid’s ‘Blue Cave,’ while praised for its excellent quality, was criticised for its thin visitor aisles; the jury felt the “dynamic” styling of the building’s interior would have been in competition with the aquariums, and so the project came in third out of the 15 shortlisted entries. More information and images on the other entries, after the break.

Villa K / Baumschlager Eberle

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Architects: Baumschlager Eberle
Area: 479.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roland Halbe

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

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The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural events, as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs.

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Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

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Swiss architecture practice, Boltshauser Architekten, recently won an international competition to design a new aquarium in the center of Basel, Switzerland. Their concept, titled ‘Seacliff’, was noted by jury members as being the best match for the public image cultivated by the Basel Zoo. The above-ground building space proposed by Boltshauser was smaller than any of the other competition entries, offering the best solution from an urban development perspective. Beating out such prominent firms as Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, and Caruso St John Architects, Boltshauser’s winning project is due for completion in 2019 with an estimated cost of £54 million. More images and information after the break.

5 Houses in Barbengo / Studio Meyer e Piattini

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Architects: Studio Meyer e Piattini
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Ira Piattini, Lukas Meyer
Design: Barbara Corbella
Area: 210 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Paolo Rosselli

Flux Cocoon for Lausanne Lumieres (Urban Light Festival) / Allegory

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Designed for Lumieres (Urban Light Festival), Flux Cocoon was selected as one of the winning projects of the the city’s first Light Festival, which inaugurated on November 23rd and will run until early January. Designed by Allegory, the project was installed in the heart of the city and was inspired by its location at the crossing between vertical and horizontal pedestrian movements (flux). The project is also an abstraction of the knot created by the crossing of each pedestrian’s path at this precise point in the Flon area, which is city’s major transportation hub. More images and architects’ description after the break.

MFH Glattlistrasse / L3P Architects

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Architects: L3P Architects
Location: , Switzerland
Area: 980 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

Sporthalle Landheim Bruettisellen / L3P Architects

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Architects: L3P Architects
Location: ,
Area: 980 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

House for 6 Families / L3P Architects

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Architects: L3P Architects
Location: Regensberg, Canton Zurich,
Design Team: Frank Schaefer Arch.ETH, Boris Egli Arch.FH, Martin Reusser Arch.FH
Civil Engineering: Bona + Fischer AG, Winterthur
Builder: E. Schäfer Bau AG, Dielsdorf
Area: 960 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Vito Stallone

Villa préfabriqué in Collonges / Pierre-Alain Dupraz

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Architects: Pierre-Alain Dupraz
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Pierre-Alain Dupraz

Dynamo Metal Workshop / phalt Architekten

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Architects: phalt Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Project Team: Cornelia Mattiello, Frank Schneider, Mike Mattiello
Year: 2008
Photographs: Dominique Wehrli