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Werdenberg Castle Renovation and Extension / BBK Architekten

02:00 - 26 March, 2017
© Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Daniel Ammann und Thomas Siebrecht © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 34

House Strunk / BBK Architekten

06:00 - 13 March, 2017
House Strunk / BBK Architekten, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vaduz, Liechtenstein
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Nic Wohlwend, Johannes Brunner, Frank Brunhart
  • Area

    233.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006

Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein

02:00 - 21 April, 2016
Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein, © Stefano Graziani
© Stefano Graziani

© Stefano Graziani © Stefano Graziani © Stefano Graziani © Walter Mair + 28

The 20 Most Popular Projects of 2015

09:30 - 28 December, 2015
The 20 Most Popular Projects of 2015

If there's one word that sums up our most popular projects of 2015, it's "diversity." The list features architects ranging from old favorites such as SANAA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and OMA down to newer names like Sculp[IT] and Tropical Space; it also includes everything from museums to multi-family housing and spa retreats to chapels - along with the usual smattering of private residences. Interestingly, this year's list also shows the symbiosis between great architecture and great photography, with no less than 4 projects also appearing in our most bookmarked images from this year's World Photo Day. But despite their diversity, there's one thing all of these 20 projects have in common: great architecture. So settle in, relax and read on - here's our 20 most popular projects of 2015.

Christian Kerez to Contribute to Swiss Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 9 December, 2015
Christian Kerez to Contribute to Swiss Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale , Kerez's House with One Wall Project. Image © Walter Mair
Kerez's House with One Wall Project. Image © Walter Mair

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Christian Kerez, a Venezuela-born, Swiss architect, to represent Switzerland at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice in 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Swiss art historian Sandra Oehy, and will be on display at the Biennial from May 28 to November 27, 2016. Switzerland will also be represented by <<Salon Suisse>>, a platform for discussion and debate on contemporary art and architecture.

The Apple and the Leaf: On How in Architecture There Are No Indisputable Truths

10:00 - 2 October, 2015
The Apple and the Leaf: On How in Architecture There Are No Indisputable Truths, Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati. Image © Archive Olgiati
Villa Além / Valerio Olgiati. Image © Archive Olgiati

For many centuries, the demands of gravity appeared to give architecture one requirement that was largely unquestionable: that structures must rise vertically. However, with the advent of steel it was revealed that this limit had not been provided by gravity but by our own limited technologies. In this text, originally published by Domus Magazine in Italian and shared with ArchDaily by the author, Alberto Campo Baeza reflects on the architectural freedom offered by steel structures and the arbitrariness they bring to architectural space.

Isaac Newton was resting under an apple-tree in his garden when an apple fell on his head. Being endowed with such a privileged head and thoughts faster than lightning, he rose forthwith from his afternoon nap and set about calculating the acceleration of gravity.

Had Sir Isaac Newton had a little more patience and had he taken his time in getting to his feet, he might have noticed how, following the apple, a few leaves also fell from that same apple-tree, and while they fell, they did so in quite a different manner to the apple.

"I am writing this text in honor of the architect Valerio Olgiati, after seeing his very beautiful house in Portugal". Image © Archive Olgiati Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez. Image Courtesy of Christian Kerez Rufo House / Alberto Campo Baeza. "But I, who have always defended orthogonal structures, also argue that structures do not always necessarily have to be orthogonal". Image © Javier Callejas Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez. From the architect's description: "The concrete wall slices are placed one above the other, suspended under each other or cantilevered. They form the loadbearing structure... their structurally essential organization remains hidden behind the appearance of a free, open-ended design". Image © Walter Mair + 6

House with One Wall / Christian Kerez

04:00 - 4 March, 2015
House with One Wall / Christian Kerez, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 12

Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez

14:00 - 1 March, 2015
Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 13

Humanitarium / group8

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Humanitarium / group8, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat and Blaise Fontaine.
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Student Apartments in Luzern / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Student Apartments in Luzern  / Durisch + Nolli Architetti, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Walter Mair + 14

Housing and Shops / Christ & Gantenbein

00:00 - 23 January, 2013
Housing and Shops / Christ & Gantenbein, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 15

  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein
  • Design Team

    Mona Farag (associate), Laura Schneider, Sven Richter (project management), Petra Jossen, Thomas Gläss, Christoph Bedall
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Fünf Häuser / TIP

00:00 - 17 January, 2012
Fünf Häuser / TIP, © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair + 24

Tamina Thermal Baths / Smolenicky & Partner Architecture

01:00 - 7 November, 2011
Tamina Thermal Baths / Smolenicky & Partner Architecture, © Roland Bernath
© Roland Bernath

© Walter Mair © Roland Bernath © Roland Bernath © Walter Mair + 27

Vocational Education Center / Durisch + Nolli Architetti

00:00 - 8 March, 2011
© David Willen
© David Willen

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © David Willen © David Willen + 22

Sempachersee Golf Club / Smolenicky & Partner

00:00 - 21 July, 2008
Sempachersee Golf Club / Smolenicky & Partner

Sempachersee Golf Club / Smolenicky & Partner Sempachersee Golf Club / Smolenicky & Partner Sempachersee Golf Club / Smolenicky & Partner Sempachersee Golf Club / Smolenicky & Partner + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sempach, Switzerland
  • Category

  • Architect

    Smolenicky & Partner Architektur GmbH
  • Client

    Sempachesee Golf Club
  • Area

    4500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005