The Art Of Precision

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The Art of Pic Nic

  There is definitely an art to a perfect picnic.  The beauty of enjoing a day off, the shameless laziness, idleness, the simple happiness the fabric of the checked picnic-blanket and sandwich squares. Eating with your hands, let your mind play with the clouds, feeling the wind on your skin bold colors remind us of tasting the fresh air,

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Not Vital’s Bataan Chapel

Situated in a remote town just 50 kilometers west of Manilla, Swiss artist Not Vital has completed a chapel that expertly blends the lines between art and architecture.
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Explore the interior of the Golden Lion-winning Swiss Pavilion in 360-degree video

You can go down the rabbit hole into Switzerland’s surreal Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition – which has won the Golden Lion for best pavilion of 2018 – in this 360-degree video by Dezeen. Called House Tour, the Swiss Pavilion exhibition invites visitors to explore bland rental homes as if they are Alice in Wonderland by presenting a

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Swiss Pavilion invites visitors to explore bland rental homes like Alice In Wonderland

Unremarkable light switches, doors and counters are either shrunk or enlarged inside Switzerland’s Venice Biennale pavilion, to draw attention to the ubiquitous interior design of rental properties. Called House Tour, the exhibition sees the Swiss Pavilion transformed into a warren of unfurnished rooms, using the bland fittings commonly selected for new-build housing or rented apartments. But

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Robots build digitally designed prefabricated timber modules at ETH Zurich

Researchers at ETH Zurich university have pioneered a method of robotic construction, which is being used to create a computer-designed modular house in the city. The process known as Spatial Timber Assemblies uses computers to model the optimum design for individual units, which are then built by a series of robots. Dezeen recently featured the digital

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Swiss housing complex by Stocker Lee takes cues from mountainous landscape with zig-zag roof

Swiss practice Stocker Lee Architetti designed this family house and group of adjoining rental apartments in the canton of Ticino with an unevenly pitched roof that references the jagged outline of a nearby mountain range. Eiger Mönch Junfrau House is set within the small village of Rancate, taking its name from three summits that form part

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Bernardo Bader references traditional Alpine architecture in larch-clad home for an art collector

Bernardo Bader Architects has reinterpreted the traditional Alpine chalet using concrete and larch wood to create a home for an art and antique furniture collector on the edge of a village in the Appenzell region of the Swiss Alps. The Austrian practice was commissioned to create the house on the site of a farmhouse that had been

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Sou Fujimoto unveils designs for Swiss university centre made of stacked cubes

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed a learning centre for the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, which will comprise a stack of glass cubes held within white frames. The Tokyo and Paris-based studio led by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto won a contest to design the HSG Learning Center at the University of St Gallen with its proposal called Open Grid

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A Tiny Cabin In The Swiss Alps

Nestled in the Sarreyer hillside, just beyond a charming village in the Swiss Alps, is a tiny cabin. Designed by Vevey-based firm, Rapin Saiz Architects, the Sarreyer Cabin is a perfect architectural example of the age-old phrase, don’t judge a book by…

HHF Architects adds pergola-like extension to traditional Swiss villa

This extension to an historic villa in the Swiss town of Arlesheim by Basel-based studio HHF Architects features an expressed steel frame intended to provide a contemporary counterpoint to the house’s traditional architecture. The original villa was designed by Swiss architect Hans Bernoulli and completed in 1913. When its current owners bought it in 2013,

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Herzog & de Meuron wins contest for Swiss bank on the shore of Lake Geneva

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled its designs for the new headquarters of Swiss wealth management service and private bank Lombard Odier, which will overlook Lake Geneva.  The building by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s Basel-based firm will provide workspaces for 2,600 people, as well as a 600-seat auditorium and a staff canteen. This will bring together some

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Steven Holl unveils winning design for Doctors Without Borders operation centre in Geneva

Steven Holl Architects is teaming up with Rüssli Architekten to create a new headquarters for a major humanitarian organisation in Geneva, which will feature walls of tinted photovoltaic glazing. US firm Steven Holl Architects and Swiss studio Rüssli Architekten won a competition to design the new workspace for Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders – an organisation set

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Green and pink stripes colour undulating walls of Swiss house

The signature stripes of artist Daniel Buren cover the curved walls of this timber-framed house by architect Davide Macullo, which functions as a piece of public art in a picturesque Swiss valley. For Swiss architect David Macullo, working with the French conceptual artist Daniel Buren was a lifelong dream come true. “It was a big help to someone

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Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti uses local stone and plaster for lakeside house

Variously sized openings scattered across the traditional stone and plaster facades of this house in the Swiss town of Ascona provide views of the garden and Lake Maggiore. Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti, which is based on the opposite shore on the lake, was tasked with updating an existing house situated close to the centre

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World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge traverses a Swiss valley

Brave hikers in the Swiss Alps can now walk almost half a kilometre across this thin metal suspension bridge to reach trails on either side of a huge valley. The Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke, also known as the Europe Bridge, gently swoops across Switzerland’s deepest valley, which stretches between the popular ski resorts of Zermatt and

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Christ & Gantenbein’s concrete extension to National Museum Zurich photographed by Rory Gardiner

British photographer Rory Gardiner took these shots of Christ & Gantenbein’s angular concrete extension to the National Museum Zurich when it was bathed in late winter sunlight. Gardiner visited Zurich in early March to shoot the new wing Christ & Gantenbein designed for the museum, which houses the largest collection of cultural and historical items in Switzerland. The Basel architecture practice selected raw concrete for the extension, which opened last summer, to

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Swiss architecture students design and build wooden events pavilion beneath Zurich overpass

Two hundred architecture students from a Lausanne university designed and built this events pavilion in Zurich, using lengths of timber to create a towering staircase, undulating seating and projection screens. Conceived by first-year students taking part in Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace (ALICE) – a summer workshop at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – the 240-square-metre structure was erected under an overpass in the Swiss

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Jan Skuratowski’s “pavilion-like” House M features large window walls

Large windows are slotted in between concrete and timber-clad floorplates to form this polygonal house in the Swiss town of Möhlin, designed by Basel-based architect Jan Skuratowski. The single-family house was designed by Basel-based architect Jan Skuratowski for a plot adjacent to an existing property built in the 1980s. The new building is positioned alongside the existing house on

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Peter Zumthor unveils extension plans for Renzo Piano’s Fondation Beyeler in Basel

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has revealed designs for a trio of new buildings at the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler art gallery in Riehen, Basel. At a press conference held at the foundation yesterday, Zumthor presented maquettes and plans for a new gallery in addition to administrative and events spaces, which will be arranged around mature trees in a previously

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Cylindrical headquarters for motorcycling federation features dramatic sweeping staircase

Slender metal columns support the offset concrete roof of this cylindrical office block designed by Local Architecture for the International Motorcycling Federation on the outskirts of Geneva. Swiss studio Local Architecture was appointed to oversee the design of the new headquarters, which is located between a railway line and a main road in the canton of Vaud.

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A Monolithic Family Home By JM Architecture

Milan-based architecture practice JM Architecture designed a monolithic block home designed for all seasons on a tranquil hillside in the Swiss Alps. 
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Interlocking timber planks form Workshop Andelfingen by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

A+Awards: it took just 18 minutes to regrow the timber used to build this entirely wooden warehouse in Switzerland, according to Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, which won a 2016 Architizer A+Award for the project. The Zurich firm designed the Workshop Andelfingen for the regional government’s waterways engineering operations centre to house vehicles and machines, and

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Anako Architecture completes “fortress-like” concrete house in an Alpine town

This robust concrete house in the Swiss town of Savièse steps down the side of a hill and contains rooms lining internal patios that look out towards the nearby mountains. Local studio Anako Architecture designed the property for a gently sloping plot that is overlooked by neighbouring detached houses. The proximity of the surrounding homes prompted the architects to

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Jan Henrik Hansen adds futuristic badminton hall to Swiss sports centre

A+Awards: this badminton hall in a Swiss village, which looks more like a spaceport than a sports facility, received an Architizer A+Award last year. Jan Henrik Hansen Architekten extended the Sihlsports centre in the village of Langnau am Albis, so tennis and squash players could also partake in badminton. Based in nearby Zurich, the firm

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Gus Wüstemann arranges nine apartments around rugged stone wall in Zurich

Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann has subdivided a 19th-century building in Zurich into nine flats with concrete and chipboard finishes that complement its existing vaulted ceilings and stone walls. Located in the Seefeld area of the Swiss city, the original building consists of two structures: a traditional four-storey residential house dating from 1850 and an extension in front, which was built later to

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Climbing plants and asymmetric balconies surround Buchner Bründler’s Garden Tower

A mesh for climbing plants wraps the angular balconies of this apartment block in Alpine Switzerland, completed by Buchner Bründler Architekten. The Basel-based studio won a competition to contribute to a new housing complex in Wabern, which called for buildings that create a dialogue with the mountainous setting, encouraging residents to live close to nature. The Garden Tower is designed to resemble a natural

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Dezeen’s latest Pinterest board celebrates the best of Swiss architecture

We’ve created a new Pinterest board showcasing a range of Swiss architecture from this grey-tiled home in the Alps by JM Architecture to Peter Zumthor’s famous Therme Vals spa, recently photographed by Fernando Guerra. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Illiz Architektur suspends children’s swimming pool above former underground troop billet in Zurich

Illiz Architektur mounted this indoor swimming pool on top of a disused concrete shelter for rescue forces to offer bathers views of Switzerland’s Lake Zurich. Zurich-based Illiz Architektur won a competition to design the Swimming Pool Allmendli – a 1,131 square metre centre for children to learn how to swim. Located at the edge of the Erlenbach school campus, the subterranean

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ETH Zurich students create robot-built pavilion with a skin of wooden shingles

This shingled timber pavilion was created by masters students on ETH Zurich’s Digital Fabrication course, after developing robotic fabrication techniques to minimise the waste involved in its construction. The structure was designed and built by students and professors at the Gramazio Kohler Research lab at the Swiss University, as part of ongoing research into the

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The Monte Rosa Hut By Bearth & Deplazes Architekten

The Monte Rosa Hut designed by Bearth & Deplazes Architekten is a mountain hut located on the Monte Rosa massif near Zermatt. The five-story cabin made of wood is sitting on an ice-free rugged part at an altitude of almost 3000 meters.
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On Making Spaces Matter with MeierHug Architects

Together with Zürich Tourismus, we were recently lucky enough to meet Michael Meier and Marius Hug of the renowned Swiss architecture practice MeierHug. From their freshly renovated offices in an old pastry factory to a two-family apartment building c…

The Bündner Kunstmuseum By Barozzi Veiga

Spanish architect’s office Barozzi Veiga designed the cubical building to create a new wing for the Bündner Kunstmuseum in the Swiss city of Chur. With the appearance of a grid-type cube, the 4,000 square meter extension is located alongside Villa P…

Disability support centre by Architekten CM features tinted concrete ramps and retractable awnings

This extension to a day-care centre for disabled adults in the Swiss town of Stans has been kitted out with muted red awnings and spiralling pastel-tinged walkways. Local studio Architekten CM was tasked with designing the building for the Weidli Stans Foundation, which provides accommodation and learning support for adults with multiple physical and mental

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Züst Gübeli Gambetti adds staircase-shaped building to ETH Zurich university campus

Swiss studio Züst Gübeli Gambetti has completed a long, narrow building that steps up a grassy hillside, to provide extra teaching space at an ETH Zurich university campus (+ slideshow). The Zurich-based studio – which was co-founded by architects Roman Züst, Michel Gübeli and Andrea Gambetti – won a competition to design the 8,500-square-metre building. It provides extra offices and teaching space for More

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A Minimalist Design Paradise At The Marktgasse Hotel

I’m wearing: ME+EM Wide Leg Lounge Pants in Navy | Adidas Originals Gazelle Trainers in Blush I’m wearing: ME+EM Oversized Silk Blouse in Soft White* | ME+EM Girl Meets Boy Jean in Vintage Wash* | Adidas Originals Gazelle Trainers in Pink | Ace & Tate x It’s Nice That Sunglasses* | Susan Caplan Asymmetrical Ori Earrings in 18ct Gold […]

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36 Hours in Zurich

I’m wearing: ME+EM Oversized Silk Blouse in Soft White* | ME+EM Girl Meets Boy Jean in Vintage Wash* | Adidas Originals Gazelle Trainers in Pink | Danielle Foster Charlie Box Bag in Khaki | Ace & Tate x It’s Nice That Sunglasses* | Susan Caplan Asymmetrical Ori Earrings in 18ct Gold Vermeil* | Felice Dahl Första Ring […]

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Brick “pixel patchwork” envelops Residenza Le Stelle housing by Buzzi Studio Di Architettura

A+Awards: brickwork assembled by robots forms wavy facades across these apartment blocks in Switzerland – the latest project in our series about winners from this year’s Architizer A+Awards (+slideshow). Designed by Buzzi Studio Di Architettura, Residenza Le Stelle comprises a set of three six-storey buildings in Locarno, each featuring a brick cladding system described by the studio More

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Santiago Calatrava plans Zurich office block with 1000 bicycle parking spaces

Architect Santiago Calatrava is set to create a grass-topped office block on the plaza in front of his Stadelhofen Station in Zurich with public parking for 1000 bicycles on the ground level. Calatrava unveiled designs for a “21st century office building” on the site 26 years after completing the railway station – now one of More

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Inflatable black nightclub created by Bureau A for Federation of Swiss Architects

Swiss studio Bureau A created this inflatable PVC nightclub to host the annual party of the Federation of Swiss Architects (+ slideshow). Named Shelter, the black blow-up building contains a bar and a dance floor, as well as an assortment of inflatable furniture that includes seating, tables and a DJ booth. Everything is made out of More

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Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa photographed by Fernando Guerra

These images by Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra offer a tour of Peter Zumthor’s thermal baths at Vals, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (+ slideshow). Completed in 1996, Therme Vals is widely regarded as one of the most important projects of Swiss architect Zumthor, whose accolades include the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal. Built over the More

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GMAA’s Meditation Pavilion and Garden creates a contemplative atmosphere at Swiss home

A+Awards 2016: artificial mist envelops this wooden meditation pavilion near Geneva, which earned its designers GM Architectes Associés an Architizer A+Award earlier this year (+ slideshow). The Meditation Pavilion and Garden were created by the local firm for a private residence in 2013. Aligned precisely east-west, the building forms a cross shape with a north-south More

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Villa Le Lac is a glass-walled house overlooking Lake Geneva

Swiss architect Philippe Meyer has converted a former office building on the shore of Lake Geneva into a house with glass walls to provide expansive views of the surrounding scenery (+ slideshow). Villa Le Lac was designed by Meyer’s studio as the main residence for a young couple and their three children. Located around ten minutes from the Swiss More

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Bare concrete walls enclose HDPF’s Haus Meister near Zurich

Air bubbles mark the stark concrete walls of this house that architects office HDPF has built near Zurich’s airport (+ slideshow). Named Haus Meister, the new family home replaces a 1940s building originally designed as part of a workers’ cooperative near in the Zurich municipality Rümlang. The site’s proximity to the airport meant many of the city’s typical More

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Le Corbusier designed Villa Le Lac as a lakeside home for his parents

World Heritage Corb: the lakeside home Le Corbusier designed for his parents is next up in our series in which we take a closer look at the 17 projects recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Designed between 1923 and 1924, Villa Le Lac was one of Le Corbusier’s first built projects – and the earliest More

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Faceted house by Daluz Gonzalez Architekten features nest-like roof terrace

Swiss firm Daluz Gonzalez Architekten has set a nest-like terrace into the roof of an angular house it has completed in a forest near Basel, Switzerland (+ slideshow). The Zurich studio, which is led by Juan González and Rubén Daluz, was asked to design the home for a family of five with a keen interest in nature. They call it Casa Forest. More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Clarté housing informed his Unité d’Habitation design

World Heritage Corb: long before he built the famed Cité Radieuse in Marseille, French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier explored similar housing principles for the 1932 Immeuble Clarté in Geneva – one of 17 of his buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list (+ slideshow). The Modernist housing unit that Le Corbusier designed with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret More

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Barozzi Veiga adds gridded concrete extension to Bündner Kunstmuseum

This extension to a Swiss art museum by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga features gridded concrete facades and subterranean galleries (+ slideshow). Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga – which was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award last year – designed the building to create a new wing for the Bündner Kunstmuseum in the Swiss city of Chur. With the appearance of a gridded More

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ETH Zurich students build floating wooden pavilion for Manifesta art biennale

Visitors to this year’s Manifesta art biennale can watch films while enjoying a swim in this floating pavilion, built by students to float on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich ( + slideshow). Entitled Pavillon of Reflections, the structure was designed and built by 32 students from Studio Tom Emerson, which is the design and research studio in the architecture faculty at Swiss university ETH Zurich. More

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Alpine chapel designed by Joaquim Portela Arquitetos as a giant light funnel

This proposal for a concrete chapel by Joaquim Portela Arquitetos is designed to reach up towards the sky from its site in the Swiss Alps (+ slideshow). A large skylight set into the top of the angular outcrop is intended to flood the interior of the small Catholic chapel with natural light. Porto-based Joaquim Portela Arquitetos, which has More

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Freiluft uses concrete “tree” to form rooms within Swiss barn conversion

Swiss practice Freiluft has inserted a branching concrete structure inside an old barn in Switzerland’s Emmental valley, as part of its conversion into a pair of apartments. The Bern-based studio led by Matthias Zuckschwerdt, Alexander Grünig and Martin Klopfenstein designed the concrete “tree” not only to provide structural support for the roof of the ageing barn but a series of More

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Studio Inches adds concrete and granite gallery to Alpine art museum

A year after transforming an old house into a gallery at the foot of the Swiss Alps, architect Matteo Inches has extended the building with a new concrete and granite gallery (+ slideshow). Studio Inches was approached in 2012 by the 80-year-old daughter of late Swiss artist and archaeologist Aldo Crivelli to create the MeCri Museum, which occupies a More

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A Concrete Villa In The Swiss Alps

Made almost entirely of the exposed reinforced concrete, maison fabrizzi is a house located among the picturesque mountain landscape of Swiss region Conthey.
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Christian Kerez creates cavernous cloud to offer “a pure encounter with architecture”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: architect Christian Kerez has constructed a huge structure inside Switzerland’s Biennale Pavilion, featuring a cloud-like exterior and a cavernous interior (+ slideshow). Zurich-based Kerez created the project, named Incidental Space, for this year’s Swiss entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale to raise “controversial questions” about how architecture is produced and experienced. Two openings in the craggy More

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Christ & Gantenbein completes new monochrome building for Kunstmuseum Basel

Swiss firm Christ & Gantenbein has added a new gallery building to the Kunstmuseum Basel, featuring a graduated grey-brick facade and a monumental marble staircase (+ slideshow). Opening to the public this weekend, the addition provides over 3,000 square metres of new gallery and events space for the museum, which houses one of the most important art More

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SOM builds new Geneva headquarters for Japan Tobacco International

Architecture firm SOM has completed a major new headquarters for Japan Tobacco International in Geneva, Switzerland, featuring an innovative facade of glass triangles and a huge central courtyard (+ slideshow). The new JTI Headquarters provides an open-plan workplace for 1,200 employees of the company, which has been based in Switzerland for nearly 50 years, and which More

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A Calm Swiss Family Home By E2A

Swiss architects E2A designed a family residence on the outskirts of Zürich based on the principle of clearly defined spaces. A courtyard turns into a garden, which leads into the home’s main entrance, bedrooms and a garage. Named ‘House B’, the semi-autonomous upstairs section hosts a studio space, office and gallery, as well as a […]

Christ & Gantenbein adds raw concrete extension to National Museum Zurich

Christ & Gantenbein has unveiled its new wing for the National Museum Zurich – an angular concrete edifice conceived by the Swiss architects as a robust and spacious “museum factory” (+ slideshow). Set to open to the public in July, the new wing provides exhibition galleries, an auditorium and a library for the 118-year-old museum, which houses the More

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Faceted home in the Swiss Alps by JM Architects is covered in dark grey tiles

Mottled grey tiles envelop this angular house in the Swiss Alps, which was designed by Milanese firm JM Architecture to look “like a stone in the landscape” (+ slideshow). The jagged form and colouring of Montebar Villa were devised by Jacopo Mascheroni to help the home settle into its mountainous terrain in Medeglia. The house sits on the edge of a slope above a valley […]

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Raw concrete contrasts with 19th-century details at Le Gazouillis kindergarten

Swiss architects Omar Trinca and Guillaume Vallotton have added a concrete extension to a 19th-century villa in Geneva, creating more space for the kindergarten that now occupies it (+ slideshow). Le Gazouillis kindergarten is situated on the edge of the Swiss city’s Geisendorf Park. It occupies a villa built in 1877, which was converted for its […]

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B29 creates “James Bond super garage” in Switzerland for a royal client

Two giant lifts are concealed in the base of this garage in Switzerland, providing access to a secret underground space where a member of a royal family stores vintage cars and motorcycles (+ slideshow). The subterranean garage was designed by Geneva studio B29 for a home near Lake Geneva, where the owner – an undisclosed royal – keeps his classic cars […]

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Ffbk Architects completes “most advanced data storage centre in Switzerland”

This data storage centre in Basel has a ridged shell of both perforated and solid steel panels, designed by Ffbk Architects to offer fragmented reflections of the sky and surroundings (+ slideshow). The Datacube was designed by local studio Ffbk Architects for communications and entertainment firm Quickline and is situated in the Münchenstein district to the south […]

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Baumhauer adds timber-lined living spaces to vernacular Swiss farmhouse

Berlin studio Baumhauer has renovated a traditional farmhouse in the Swiss hamlet of Florins, inserting a timber structure that contains new living areas in place of an existing barn (+ slideshow). The farmhouse is typical of vernacular architecture in Switzerland’s Engadine valley. It originally incorporated residential spaces towards the front, where it faces the village centre, […]

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Stefano Boeri unveils plans for “vertical forest” tower in Switzerland

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has revealed designs for a plant-covered 36-storey tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, continuing the “vertical forest” concept he trialled with a pair of towers in Milan (+ slideshow). According to Boeri, the building in the Chavannes-Près-Renens district of the city will be the first tower in the world to be covered with evergreen trees. The predominantly residential 117-metre-tall building will […]

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Caruso St John reveals designs for university laboratory in Basel

Caruso St John Architects has unveiled plans for a new £160 million biomedical laboratory at University of Basel, Switzerland, which features a gridded glass facade and a concrete base with arch-shaped notches. The firm saw off competition from studios including David Chipperfield Architects with its proposal for the 35,000-square-metre building, which contains six floors of laboratories. Related story: Caruso […]

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Pierre-Alain Dupraz houses Swiss kindergarten within quartet of concrete blocks

Architect Pierre-Alain Dupraz chose exposed concrete for this cross-shaped kindergarten and crèche in Switzerland, giving it an austere appearance (+ slideshow). Located in a town on the shoreline of Lake Geneva, Kindergarten and Crèche in Prangins is made up from four rectilinear volumes that overlap at one end to give the building a crucifix-shaped plan. Geneva-based Dupraz selected this form to help diminish the scale […]

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Lakeside home designed by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti as “archaic stone block”

Coarse concrete walls encase this house by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architetti, which overlooks Switzerland’s Lake Maggiore from a wooded site sunken down below street level (+ slideshow). The firm designed Casa Dem for one of its three directors, Jérôme de Meuron, his wife Paola and their seven-year-old child. It is set into a steep slope beside the architects’ studio in Caviano – […]

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Staircase towers form corners of Uster apartment building by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has completed a concrete apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich, which has staircases housed in four cylindrical corner towers (+ slideshow). The eight-storey block is located in Zellweger Park, Uster – a former industrial park that is being converted into a residential and commercial neighbourhood centred around a public park and […]

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Zurich Elephant House boasts a domed wooden roof and swimming pools for animals

Swiss firm Markus Schietsch Architekten has completed a new elephant house for a zoo in Zurich featuring an elaborate wooden gridshell roof and a glass-sided swimming pool (+ slideshow). The Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zoo Zurich offers six times as much room as the previous enclosure, creating an environment where the mammals can roam freely between indoor and outdoor […]

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Slabs of concrete frame glass walls of house near a Swiss lake by MLZD

The glazed lower level of this house by Switzerland’s Lake Biel are sandwiched between two concrete slabs, helping to protect living spaces and an outdoor terrace from flooding (+ slideshow). MLZD was asked to design the house for a couple – the same clients as for one of the Swiss architecture studio’s first projects, back in 2000. They wanted a bigger house […]

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