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Swiss Students Design a Floating Pavilion on Lake Zurich for Manifesta 11

Manifesta—a nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art which "responds to the new social, cultural and political reality that developed in the aftermath of the Cold War"—emerged in the 1990s. For the eleventh incarnation of the event, which will take place in Zurich during the summer of 2016, Studio Tom Emerson have developed designs for a floating island which "will constitute a new temporary landmark in the city." Located on Lake Zurich and hosting an open-air cinema and integrated swimming pool, the Pavillon of Reflections will act as the central node for the 100-day festival. Designed and realised by a team of thirty students from ETH Zurich, the pavilion aims to offer a space for dialogue and reflection on the specific artworks created for the biennial.

News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory

The Korean artists, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho have teamed up with the design collective, Urban-Think Tank, based at ETH Zürich, to launch the newest version of the ongoing project, “News from Nowhere.” Past versions have appeared in documenta (13) in Kassel and the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2013. The “News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory” establishes an interdisciplinary and participatory platform to discuss the urgent social, political and economic issues. Located in the Migros Museum for Gegenwartskunst, the “News from Nowhere” exhibition brings together artists, architects, designers, scientists, and documentarians in order to discuss issues facing contemporary society. 

Kreuzbühl School Extension / Fischer Architekten

© Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner © Ralph Feiner

These Two Drones Just Built a Bridge

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Two quadcopter drones just autonomously built a footbridge that is capable of withstanding the weight of a human. Outfitted with a motorized spool and plastic tubes that dispense Dyneema, a "material with a low weight-to-strength ratio," the flying machines were able to construct a lightweight tensile bridge that spans 7.4 meters between two scaffolding structures at the Flying Machine Arena in Zurich.

Universities from Barcelona and Zurich Selected to Create a New Design School in China

Through a competition limited to some of the most prestigious universities, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) have been chosen to work with the Harbin Institute of Technology of China (HIT) to create a new school of design, architecture and urbanism in Shenzhen. The new centre will be built on HIT's campus and house up to 1,200 post-graduate and doctoral students, with facilities for research, education and production. Read more about this collaboration after the break.


  • Architects: E2A
  • Location: Mühlebachstrasse 17, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

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Country House / E2A

  • Architects: E2A
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli, Francesca Giovanelli

© Dominique Marc Wehrli © Francesca Giovanelli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli

Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A

© Jan Bitter © Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni © Jan Bitter

Refurbishment Viaduct Arches / EM2N

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Ralph Hut © Antje Quiram

Herostrasse Office Building / Max Dudler

  • Architects: Max Dudler
  • Location: Herostrasse 12, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller

Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair

Stone H / Gus Wüstemann Architects

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Toni-Areal / EM2N

  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Industriequartier Hard, Foerrlibuck Street 109, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Architects in Charge: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Area: 125000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Simon Menges, Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Simon Menges © Roger Frei © Simon Menges

Zurich Zoo Foyer Renovation & Extension / L3P Architects

  • Architects: L3P Architects
  • Location: Zürich, Zoo, 8044 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Architects in Charge: Martin Reusser, Boris Egli, Markus Müller, Frank Schäfer
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

© Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja

Lindenrinde / Ken Architects

  • Architects: Ken Architects
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz