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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ETH Zurich unveils plans for robot-built house in Dübendorf

Researchers from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich university will use robots and 3D printers to design and build a pioneering three-storey house at a local research and innovation campus. Eight professors from ETH Zurich are working with business partners to build the DFAB House, which the team claims will be “the first house in the world to be

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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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Travel Diaries : Marktgasse Hotel in Zurich

//Travel and accommodation was sponsored by Marktgasse Hotel in Zurich.

A few days ago I traveled to Zurich where I stayed in one of the most beautiful boutique hotels the Marktgasse Hotel. If you have been following me on instagram you have already seen some sneak peeks and video stories so you know how it looks, however today I edited some of my favorite photos from my visit and I am going to take you on an official tour! I had a hard time choosing from my photos so today’s post will have a little more than usual, but I think this is a special occasion!
Before we start you can also see some stills from my room in Todays office in Zurich post while for a different point of view check my friends Elisabeth Heier post whom I had the joy of travelling with together.

The Marktgasse Hotel is a destination on its own when in Zurich. Just a short walk from the cities top sightseeing highlights, the lake and the main train station, situated right in the middle of the old town. A building from the 15th century that recently got a comprehensive renovation that carefully and lovingly preserved the heritage elements that enjoy protected status. The result is a timeless unique building that mixes history with contemporary design, from the Mayor AJ5 & Tradition sofas in the reception area and the Gubi Grossman Gräshoppa Task Table lights , Gubi Grossman Cobra wall Light , Gubi 3D Stool , Artek Stool 60, Dante Memoir Hanger while the rooms are equipped with a desk and chairs from Københavns Møbelsnedkeri . There are plenty of magazines to browse through while sitting in the relaxing sitting area at the lobby such as 59 Magazine and Nopi Cookbook along with many travel guides to point you to the right direction while in Zurich.

While in the lobby one can find complimentary Nespresso and a variety of tea served in Kinto teapots and mugs, a small luxury I enjoyed everyday while working in the pleasant environment and planning the day ahead. You can choose to relax with a magazine in the reception area sitting in the comfy Mayor sofas, or if you are like me and like to work a little bit as well there is a variety of options to choose from! In the lobby I found myself usually sitting on the long table so I could have more room to work while enjoying my tea. There are nooks by the windows with computers for guests to use as well while if you like more privacy and less commotion, a short half a floor away you can find the library and the living room.  


When it comes to breakfast, the Delish Cafe juxtaposed to the hotel (the elevator takes you right in the middle of the cafe)  offers a great breakfast variety as well as a great selection of pastries and one of the best lunches I had the pleasure of having in the city. I really liked  the idea of the cafe being open for everyone during and after breakfast, it gave a feeling of casual gathering of the guests along with the locals, probably gathering at the cafe for their renowned homemade cinnamon buns that would disappear by midday.
If it is dinner or a drink you are seeking instead, the Baltho Restaurant and Baltho Bar at the hotel offer great food and drinks! Same concept of openness invites everyone to join, I particularly liked the buzzing warm atmosphere at the bar, were we could be found every night after exploring the city.


As I mentioned before, I showed a sneak peek of the room in my Todays office in Zurich post , and finally today I am able to show more! The boutique hotel in its entirety was stunning, but my personal favorite was in fact my very own room. From the striking original floors, the original and carefully restored painted grey panels that covered the rooms, the big windows to the carefully selected furniture , the room invites you to stay in and relax. I spend as many hours as I could afford on the Københavns Møbelsnedkeri desk and chair working, drinking my tea and trying to take in my environment and the view of the old town from my ceiling high windows ( a total 3 on my corner shaped room). A detail I really liked, the custom made shelf on the wall, used for magazines but more importantly for a carafe that I could refill with fresh water just outside my room on a stone basin. 

 All bathrooms are equipped with Aesop products, it really felt like home since I am using the exact same products, plus I didn’t need to bring with me as many as I usually do! You can ask before arrival for a bathroom with natural light, they usually have marble details under the windows which in my opinion gives a feeling of luxury when you leave your make up bag on! All bathrooms are newly renovated in a black and white minimalistic scheme. 

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima
I enjoyed my stay at the Marktgasse Hotel immensely , I would love to visit again next time I m in Zurich for either business or fun! 
A special thank you to the very helpful staff and the General Manager, Olivier Gerber, who all make me feel so very welcomed. 
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Juicery 21 in Zurich

I just came back home from Zurich yesterday and although I want to make a post about some of my favorite places to visit while in town, I am not sure I will have enough photos for it, but for today let me tell you about this little gem we found with Elisabeth ( from Elisabeth Heier, do visit her for additional photos and her view of Zurich and our stay) while trying to find a place to sit in the rain and eat lunch. Juicery 21 in Zurich can be found near the Botanical Garden of Zurich, very close to the old city center. The Swedish young cool owner took great care not only with the products that he is serving but also with the styling of the cool lunch/coffee spot. Here you can find not only spectacular healthy fresh cold press juices, but also a variety of raw shakes, smoothies, acai or oatmeal or quinoa bowls, bagel sandwiches and warm blends. Sit inside or outside on Menu WM String dining chairs and enjoy either a few minutes of relaxation , or stay more if you like and work . The music and atmosphere are very relaxing, perfect work environment, their playlist is up on Juicery21 website! I had a quinoa warm bowl for lunch ( as seen below) while I brought back with me at the hotel a fresh cold pressed juice ( Hot Lemon blend – lemon/apple/ginger) to drink next day in the morning before breakfast ( and yes, I brought the bottle back with me in my suitcase!). I wish we had something similar in Oslo, I can promise you I would be there every single day and I know a lot of others that would as well. Maybe we can convince the cool Swedish guy to move back closer to Scandinavia?

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Todays office in Zurich

I woke up today in Zurich in my room at the Marktgasse Hotel , the most beautiful morning light was softly filling the room. Before I go out and explore the city, and after having breakfast downstairs at the hotels cafe/brunch shop (it is open for locals as well during the day), I made myself comfortable at my office desk in my room to finish up some work. Usually I rather work at the lobby of hotels (with my trusty macbook, my phone and my notebook from Paper Collective’s collaboration with Sørensen Leather ) , and although Marktgasse Hotel lobby is truly beautiful, I couldn’t resist sitting on the Københavns Møbelsnedkeri desk and chair, while enjoying the beautiful view of the old town. One of the details that I loved,are the Kinto teapot (latest brand crush) and cup that can be found in the lobby where there is a small kitchen that guests can make their own coffee and tea during the day, I chose to bring mine in my room since I would be working for a few hours. I will be sharing more photos of the hotel and its beautiful details soon, but for now, I need to start exploring while the sun is up! Check my instagram stories for live updates and snippets from my explorations while in Zurich!

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A Raw And Authentic Residence By Gus Wüstemann

While reconstructing a multi-family house in Zurich, Switzerland, architects from gus wüstemann took the massive, historic stone walls as the starting point for applying new contemporary forms of living.
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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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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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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…

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

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36 Hours in Zurich

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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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The Unique Glass-walled Flexhouse At Lake Zurich

The Flexhouse with its wide walls of glass and the ribbon-like facade was completed in March 2016 by Swiss architecture and design studio Evolution Design.
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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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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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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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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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Shigeru Ban’s timber-framed office building in Switzerland shown in new movie

This new movie produced by film studio Spirit of Space tours the interior of the Tamedia Office Building in Zurich – the first Swiss project completed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The unnarrated, two-minute video produced by the Chicago-based film company shows exterior and interior shots of the seven-storey, wood and glass building, which was completed […]

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Zurich building by E2A incorporates the facade of a century-old warehouse

Swiss studio E2A infilled the facade of an old Zurich warehouse to create this rehearsal space for the city’s opera house, before tacking a 60-metre-high apartment block onto one side (+ slideshow). E2A was commissioned by Swiss developer Allreal Holding to create the performance space and apartments as part of a new masterplan for Zurich’s Escher Wyss quarter, which overlooks the Limmat […]

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Crooked concrete wall divides Zurich building by Christian Kerez into semi-detached homes

A layer of glass envelopes this pair of homes in Zurich, while a zigzagging concrete partition between them is the only opaque wall in the building (+ slideshow). Named House with One Wall, the concrete and glass building was designed by Swiss architect Christian Kerez for a plot in Witikon, south-east of the city. Perched on a slope, it […]

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Sloping concrete circulation entrances added to platforms at Zurich Hauptbahnhof

Zurich architects Dürig designed angular concrete frames to indicate the position of staircases and escalators at the Swiss city’s main railway station, which descend from the platforms to a new subterranean station and shopping precinct (+ slideshow). Dürig was commissioned to develop the underground Löwenstrasse Transit Station, which aims to improve the experience for passengers using the cross-city […]

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Smoking Room by Gianni Botsford Architects is a translucent-concrete garden folly

Gianni Botsford Architects worked with translucent concrete to create this boxy garden pavilion in Zurich, dedicated to “the old fashioned art of smoking” (+ slideshow). London-based Gianni Botsford Architects was invited by British landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to design the eight-square-metre Smoking Pavilion for the newly sculpted garden of a private house. “This would be […]
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Gus Wüstemann uses chipboard-textured concrete for Zurich apartment block

Concrete was cast over engineered wooden boards to give a textured finish to the walls of this apartment block in Zurich by Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann. Gus Wüstemann designed the four-storey apartment building with a double-layered concrete shell. Related story: Perforated walls bring light into the heart of Gus Wüstemann’s Los Limoneros house Both outer and inner walls were cast over oriented […]

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Zurich office block by Max Dudler features a gridded granite facade

Swiss architect Max Dudler has completed a granite office building near Zurich featuring a regular gridded facade and a street-level colonnade (+ slideshow). The Richtiring building was designed by Max Dudler for a plot within a 72,000-square-metre masterplan developed by Italian architect Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani for the suburb of Wallisellen. Related story: Sparrenberg Castle visitor centre […]

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