On our trip to Switzerland we had the opportunity to visit ETH's architecture department in Zurich. We had a talk with Fabio Gramazio (Gramazio & Kohler) about some of their completed projects and about their research in digital fabrication (book: digital materiality)
Additionally, we had a small lecture by Fabian Scheurer (designtoproduction) about his ongoing projects and the nitty-gritty aspects in the use of machinery in parametric facade systems and complex geometry, specifically the Kilden Performing Arts Center in Norway.
In the city of Lausanne We visited the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and the SANAA's Rolex Learning Center.
Here are some instances of the vaulted spaces in the exterior of this double-decked supersurface. A building of picturesque moments that had it attended a different program (such as a kindergarten) would have been more appropriate, or at least it would've had less unused square meters.
Near the German-Swiss border Vitra's factory complex
Zaha Hadid's Landscape Formation One (LF1) in Weil am Rhein
Herzog & De Meuron VitraHaus
Hadid's Vitra Fire Station
(Photos by Kiwoo Kim / Peter Khraptovich)
A little description of the experiments, lectures and architectural discourse that is currently happening at the SAC... Visit www.staedelschule.de/architecture/