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Gothic Construction Techniques Inspire ETH Zurich's Lightweight Concrete Floor Slabs

08:00 - 19 April, 2017
Gothic Construction Techniques Inspire ETH Zurich's Lightweight Concrete Floor Slabs , © ETH Zurich / Peter Rüegg.
© ETH Zurich / Peter Rüegg.

With the intention of maximizing available space and avoiding steep construction costs, researchers from ETH Zurich’s Department of Architecture have devised a concrete floor slab that with a thickness of a mere 2cm, remains load bearing and simultaneously sustainable. Inspired by the construction of Catalan vaults, this new floor system swaps reinforced steel bars for narrow vertical ribs, thus significantly reducing the weight of construction and ensuring stability to counter uneven distributions on its surface. 

As opposed to traditional concrete floors that are evidently flat, these slabs are designed to arch to support major loads, reminiscent of the vaulted ceilings found in Gothic cathedrals. Without the need for steel reinforcing and with less concrete, the production of CO2 is minimized and the resulting 2cm floors are 70% lighter than their typical concrete counterparts.

via Block Research Group via Block Research Group via Block Research Group via Block Research Group +5

Apartments on Forchstrasse / Kyncl Schaller Architekten

05:00 - 11 April, 2017
Apartments on Forchstrasse / Kyncl Schaller Architekten, ©  Eric Schmid
© Eric Schmid

©  Eric Schmid               ©  Eric Schmid               ©  Eric Schmid               ©  Eric Schmid               +13

House Z22 and Warehouse F88 / Gus Wüstemann Architects

03:00 - 10 March, 2017
House Z22 and Warehouse F88  / Gus Wüstemann Architects, © Bruno Helbling
© Bruno Helbling

© Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling +49

ETH Hönggerberg / Tuñón & Ruckstuhl Architects

05:00 - 4 February, 2017
ETH Hönggerberg / Tuñón & Ruckstuhl Architects, © Luis Asín
© Luis Asín

© Luis Asín © Luis Asín © Luis Asín © Luis Asín +16

Exhibition: "Total Recall" by gus wüstemann architects in Zurich

17:10 - 1 February, 2017
Exhibition: "Total Recall" by gus wüstemann architects in Zurich, Housing Project in Zurich
Housing Project in Zurich

TOTAL RECALL
is a reference to see and feel what really is there, a sudden clearness,
independent of program, with no hierarchy or status, just a hint of cultural context,
like a ruin in a landscape.

Hairdresser's Salon Talstrasse Zürich / Wülser Bechtel Architekten

09:00 - 30 November, 2016
Hairdresser's Salon Talstrasse Zürich / Wülser Bechtel Architekten, © Stefan Wülser
© Stefan Wülser

© Stefan Wülser  © Stefan Wülser  © Stefan Wülser  © Stefan Wülser  +20

HCP Office and Seminar Building / Züst Gübeli Gambetti

03:00 - 13 October, 2016
HCP Office and Seminar Building  / Züst Gübeli Gambetti , © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck +23

Tic Tric Trac / baumschlager eberle

20:00 - 30 September, 2016
Tic Tric Trac / baumschlager eberle, Courtesy of baumschlager eberle
Courtesy of baumschlager eberle

Courtesy of baumschlager eberle Courtesy of baumschlager eberle Courtesy of baumschlager eberle Courtesy of baumschlager eberle +11

  • Location

    Räffelstrasse 22, 8045 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Client

    Swiss Life AG
  • General Contractor

    Implenia Generalunternehmung
  • Area

    46915.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Santiago Calatrava Designs New Office Building Integrated into Zurich's Stadelhofen Station

12:25 - 23 September, 2016
Santiago Calatrava Designs New Office Building Integrated into Zurich's Stadelhofen Station, © Calatrava Valls SA
© Calatrava Valls SA

Santiago Calatrava has unveiled plans for a new office building in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland. The new five-story building will be integrated into Stadelhofen Station, the transit hub and city landmark also designed by Calatrava in 1990.

© Calatrava Valls SA © Calatrava Valls SA © Calatrava Valls SA © Calatrava Valls SA +8

Reconstruction of a Townhouse with new Steel Balconies / idA

05:00 - 17 August, 2016
Reconstruction of a Townhouse with new Steel Balconies  / idA, © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zürich, Switzerland
  • Area

    680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Balboa Bar & Gym / helsinkizurich

05:00 - 5 July, 2016
Balboa Bar & Gym / helsinkizurich, © Jochen Splett
© Jochen Splett

© Jochen Splett © Jochen Splett © Jochen Splett © Jochen Splett +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Am Schanzengraben 19, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    helsinkizurich
  • Design Team

    Mirjam Niemeyer, Tommi Mäkynen
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Pavilion of Reflections / Studio Tom Emerson

11:00 - 29 June, 2016
Pavilion of Reflections  / Studio Tom Emerson, Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson
Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson

Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson Courtesy of Studio Tom Emerson +36

A Floating Timber Pavilion Takes Center Stage at Manifesta 11 in Zurich

06:00 - 20 June, 2016
A Floating Timber Pavilion Takes Center Stage at Manifesta 11 in Zurich, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

On June 11th, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, also known as Manifestabegan its 100-day stint in this edition's host city, Zurich, Switzerland. The festival's center-piece is a timber raft floating on Lake Zurich, known as the Pavilion of Reflections. The temporary structure was designed and realized by Studio Tom Emerson and a team of thirty students from ETH Zurich. Constructed primarily of timber, Christian Jankowski, curator of Manifesta 11, describes the exhibit “as a floating multi-functional platform with a giant LED screen, a stand for spectators, a swimming pool and a bar.”

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +14

Zaha Hadid's Last Project is a Kurt Schwitters Exhibition in Zurich

14:00 - 16 June, 2016
Zaha Hadid's Last Project is a Kurt Schwitters Exhibition in Zurich , Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska
Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

Zaha Hadid’s exhibition design for Kurt Schwitters: Merz opened to the public earlier this week at Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich. In an article about the exhibition in T Magazine, senior designer and director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), Patrik Schumacher said, “It’s literally the last project of Zaha, finished by her team.”

The exhibition, presenting seventy works – in all media – from each period of the artist’s career, honors five decades of the gallery showing Schwitter’s work. Hadid’s design is a reflection on the artist’s well-known, but destroyed, Merzbau, a sculpture that filled the artist’s workspace from 1923-1937. According to the Hadid’s office, “[Merzbau was] a living, inhabited collage, ever-shifting and expanding, and this was the starting point for [Zaha’s] exhibition design which pushes beyond mere random collage to embrace the unpredictable richness and the complex variegated order found in nature.” The design builds on an established relationship between Hadid and Galerie Gmurzynska; Merz following in the footsteps of an earlier exhibition space designed for another of the architect’s inspirations, Kasimir Malevich.

Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska +11

Escherpark / E2A

02:00 - 14 June, 2016
Escherpark / E2A , © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman
© Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman

© Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    E2A
  • Design Team

    Wim Eckert, Piet Eckert mit Mireya Sánchez Gómez und Sabine Ameling, Marta Devesa, Kaori Hirasawa, Martin Janser, Ilja Maksimov, Judith Mampe, Tânia Roque, Valentino Sandri, Alexander Struck, Renate Wal- ter, Rafal Wójcik
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

A Touch of Chanel / Daniele Claudio Taddei

05:00 - 21 February, 2016
A Touch of Chanel / Daniele Claudio Taddei, © Bruno Helbling
© Bruno Helbling

© Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling +23

Swiss National Museum / Christ & Gantenbein

03:00 - 1 February, 2016
Swiss National Museum / Christ & Gantenbein, © Roman Keller
© Roman Keller

© Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller +16

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

04:00 - 12 November, 2015
Swiss Students Design a Floating Pavilion on Lake Zurich for Manifesta 11, Rendering of of 'Pavilon of Reflections'. Image © ETH Studio Emerson
Rendering of of 'Pavilon of Reflections'. Image © ETH Studio Emerson

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.