Twelve catwalks lead across the mirrorlike expanses of water to the middle of the building, where you are under the open sky. There you are lying onto the huge red bed in a foam mold. You ll find yourself in a world of questions and sounds. Suddenly high up towards the roof, something larger than life starts to fly around. It s the image of yours, taking its place in a community, in a finite universe of space and time.
Foto by Yves André
The Lokremise of St. Gall - a rotunda building once for the maintenance of steam locomotives - is being reanimated and wakes up as the cultural hub of the region. A platform for the performing arts: Film, media art, dance, theater and last but not least the fine arts. The Lokremise is program and architecture at once!
Foto by Katalin Deer
Seen from a train, the nine apartment houses with the “mother building” constructed by the “Social Insurance Fund” resemble a striking signet at the centre of the city. At the same time, the industrial quarter opens up towards the railway track as if at a lakeshore. Due to the differentiated position of the houses, not only does every apartment receive fresh air, a view and a share of the spaciousness, but the same also applies to the neighbouring development.
Foto by Luca Zanier
For this temptating shoestore we created an artificial skyscape, providing a cool and airy space as a kind of relief from the noise and bustling activity of West Broadway.
Foto by Paul Warchol
The design idea is to create an immersive shoescape, providing a surprising expanse of space amidst the compressed Soho streets. Casually strolling in from the street, one engages in a leisurely promenade, enjoying the rich collections of shoes expanding in front of the rear horizon.
Foto by Paul Warchol
Situated at an industrial edge of the city, the office building starts creating an open field for housing. This is the Röntgenareal, a deep urban environment where contemporary modes of working and living take place. The motherbuilding is constructed by the Sozialversicherungsanstalt (“Social Insurance Fund”) and resembles a striking urban signet, the Blitz.
Foto by Heinrich Helfenstein
The townhouse with offices and apartments completes a block in the industrial quarter of Zurich. Representing the street corner between two officebuildings of the 50ies and the early 60ies it sprawls internally the structure of the existing block. Inside we designed gorgeous 25 living spaces each one with its completely individual architecture.
Foto by Walter Mair
This former armory in Rapperswil was built by the Swiss Confederation in 1904. The architectural transformation underscores its current cultural significance as a collectors museum for contemporary art and library of Robinson Crusoe books in any imaginable language. The dragonlike roofridge brings the daylight in this collectors, artists and visitors universe and sets a sign in the landscape.
Foto by Hannes Henz
The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein has four halls with different light qualities: zenital light for painting, diffuse northlight for sculpture and no daylight for videos and drawings. They are located above a magic shadow space where the foyer of the city is located.
Foto by Heinrich Helfenstein
On the top deck of the Zürich Social Insurances we built a bistro with 3 kitchens - bow, midship and stern - anchored along the railway tracks, amidst the sea of houses and the surroundig hillscapes.
Foto by Mihai Sovaiala
In the lobby of the "Social Insurances Fund" building parasitic constructions play discreetely with art and architecture. A meandering display and a writing desk perform on the rounded columns and the maple furnitures in front of the visitors eyes.
Foto by Basile Specker
For the fashion flaneur we composed a breathtaking succession of open-plan spaces, a fashoin garden on Zürichs global boulevard, the Bahnhofstrasse.
Foto by Cédric Eisenring
Former Trading House at the Lake of Constance built by Italian Merchants 1798, now used as a residential townhouse. Built with blocks of sandstone of the local ground, slack lime plaster and traditional woodwork.
Foto by Valentin Jeck
The architecture of the garden apartments is oriented to the housing needs of the future, to the climate, to the geography, to the urban environment. The colorful wooden panels stand for the flowers of the plant kingdom, the green ties the house to the vegetation of the garden and the white to the historic neighboring buildings and the city. The residential complex is built in the middle of twelve different gardens; the semi-public roofscape gives the built footprint back to the garden.
Image by Mihai Sovaiala
Exhibition at the IUAV of 12 EPFL student projects urbanizing under the influence of Sansovinos Misericordia in the Canareggio. Animating the most urban city of the world by parasite, situationist, analogue and classic in- and interventions.
Foto by SWA