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Zürich: The Latest Architecture and News

ETH Zurich’s HiLo Unit Raises the Bar for Sustainable Concrete Design

Dübendorf, Switzerland is something of hallowed ground for architectural technologists. There, on the shared academic campus of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, public university ETH Zurich has conducted nearly a decade of engineering and construction experimentation at the ever-evolving NEST research building. In August, ETH Zürich unveiled its latest extension of the building, HiLo (short for high performance-low emissions)—a two-story modular addition to the chameleon structure that harnesses medieval building principles and contemporary digital methods to raise the bar for more sustainable applications of concrete.

9 Newly Opened Museums Enriching the Arts and Culture Scene

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Reinhard Friedrich
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Reinhard Friedrich

Last year, a series of new museums, expansions and several museum renovations have opened their doors to the public, adding a new dimension to the cultural landscape around the world. From the long-awaited re-opening of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, to Ryue Nishizawa's Jining Art Museum merging with the landscape, and MVRDV's reflective Art Depot, discover the architecture of the latest venues of art and culture.

© Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV© kubix Berlin© Adrià Goula© Paulo dos Sousa+ 10

David Chipperfield's Geometric Kunsthaus Zürich Museum Extension Explored in Short Film

Architectural filmographers 9sekunden have collaborated with David Chipperfield architects to create a short film about the extension the Kunsthaus Museum extension in Zurich, Switzerland. The feature shows visitors' journey through the new building, coming across the interactive installation "The Sense of Things" by renowned choreographer William Forsythe. Walking through the architecture, paired with the curiosity of the people entering the space, the film highlights the interplay of culture, urbanity, and the built environment of the city of Zurich.

© 9sekunden© 9sekunden© 9sekunden© 9sekunden+ 9

Paul Clemence Releases Images of Riken Yamamoto's The Circle in Switzerland

Architectural photographer Paul Clemence has released a new photoseries of Riken Yamamoto's The Circle project, a mixed use development at the Zurich Airport. The design was a competition entry that asked architects to create a program that offers visitors: Swissness, Surprise, and Connections to the World. Yamamoto's winning design, with its inclined facade and combination of linear and curved outlines, linked the airport to the park physically and visually, creating an architecture that highlights the Swiss identity.

© Paul Clemence© Paul Clemence© Paul Clemence© Paul Clemence+ 68

Bellariarain Zürich Apartments / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten

© Roman Keller© Roman Keller© Roman Keller© Markus Bertschi+ 18

Kunsthaus Zürich Museum Extension / David Chipperfield Architects

© Noshe© Noshe© Noshe© Noshe+ 32

Paul Clemence Releases Images of David Chipperfield's New Kunsthaus Zurich

Architectural photographer Paul Clemence has released a new photoseries of the newly-opened Kunsthaus Zürich Museum Extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects. The extension is a freestanding addition to the existing Kunsthaus museum, and houses a collection of classic modernist artwork, the Bührle collection, and temporary exhibitions. The architectural identity takes inspiration from traditional stone façades found on the existing Kunsthaus as well as other significant public buildings in the Swiss city, and combines tradition and innovation through slender vertical fins crafted from local Jurassic limestone.

© Paul Clemence© Paul Clemence© Paul Clemence© Paul Clemence+ 42

VBZ Busgarage Facility / Pool Architekten

© Andrea Helbling
© Andrea Helbling

© Andrea Helbling© Andrea Helbling© Andrea Helbling© Andrea Helbling+ 14

Reconstruction Birmensdorferstrasse / baubüro in situ

© Martin Zeller© Martin Zeller© Martin Zeller© Martin Zeller+ 17

Zürich City Guide: 23 Spots Architecture Enthusiasts Shouldn’t Miss

© Virginia Duran
© Virginia Duran

The historical Roman town has been busy at work and new exciting buildings, squares, and public parks have bloomed across the city. Since my first trip to Zürich in 2014, a lot has happened around good old Turicum.

After a compelling trip organized by Visit Zürich and my friend Philipp Heer, we were able to visit some of the newest, most interesting and uplifting places of the city. Flitting hither and thither, Roc Isern, David Basulto, and I enjoyed the privilege of a tailored itinerary, access to Zürich's gems, and perhaps the most inspiring, the architects behind these amazing structures.

© Virginia Duran© Philipp Heer© Virginia Duran© Visit Zürich+ 24

Mystical Installation at the Zurich Design Biennale 2021 Invades the City's Old Botanical Garden

Design consultancy office AUTHOS and Swiss multidisciplinary Interactive Designer Stella Speziali have collaborated to create a unique spatial intervention at the Zurich Design Biennale 2021. Titled NEBULOSUS, the installation uses mist and augmented reality as an immersive and intangible 'structure' that changes the spatial boundary of Zurich's botanical garden and creates and explorative experience for visitors.

Courtesy of AUTHOSCourtesy of AUTHOSCourtesy of AUTHOSCourtesy of AUTHOS+ 16

Elephant House Zoo Zürich / Markus Schietsch Architekten

© Andreas Buschmann© Andreas Buschmann© Dominique Wehrli© Dominique Wehrli+ 14

Zürich, Switzerland

We Already Have Viable Models for Quality Affordable Housing

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

In this week's reprint, author Walter Jaegerhaus explores the U.S. housing challenge, drawing a timeline of the evolution of different architectural solutions, from around the world. Seeking to "inspire designers today to create new housing options", and hoping "that the U.S can again embrace its experimental origins and try out new ideas and methods", the article highlights examples from Europe and the Americas.

Habitat 67, Montreal, by Moshe Safdie.  . Image Courtesy of Creative CommonsSchlangenbader Straße Housing, Berlin, by Georg Heinrich.   . Image Courtesy of Creative CommonsCube Houses, Rotterdam, by Piet Bloom. . Image Courtesy of Creative CommonsInternational Building Exhibition, Vienna. Via Der Tagesspiegel . Image Courtesy of Creative Commons+ 17

World's Most Liveable Cities in 2021: Auckland in New Zealand Tops the Ranking

Auckland in New Zealand has topped the ranking in the 2021 EIU's annual world's most liveable city survey. Classifying 140 cities across five categories including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, this year’s edition of the review has been highly affected by the global pandemic. Australia, Japan, and New Zealand took leading positions, while European and Canadian cities fell down the ranking.

Tokyo, Japan. Image via ShutterstockAuckland, New Zealand. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maurizio De MatteiZurich, Switzerland. Image via Shutterstock/ By Maykova GalinaAdelaide, Australia . Image via Shutterstock/ By myphotobank.com.au+ 12

Hadlaub Interior / HILDEBRAND

© Andrea Diglas© Andrea Diglas© Andrea Diglas© Andrea Diglas+ 18

  • Architects: HILDEBRAND
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  160
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Community Hall BG Frohheim / Blättler Dafflon Architekten

© Joël Tettamanti© Joël Tettamanti© Joël Tettamanti© Joël Tettamanti+ 18

Zürich, Switzerland

Renovation and Extension of a Heritage-protected Residence Building / AMJGS Architektur

© Judith Stadler© Judith Stadler© Judith Stadler© Judith Stadler+ 24