Archinect - News 2014-09-02T15:17:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107637739/a-sticker-pack-for-urban-item-sharing A Sticker Pack For Urban Item Sharing Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T13:56:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22f74e911a92b07ecff4ff8155687108.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Haven&rsquo;t we all a huge pile of very handy but hardly used things in our house that fill our closets and make us need even more space than we already occupy? Swiss initiative Pumpipumpe wants to encourage urbanites to share all these occasionally used items with a handy set of stickers. The Pumpipume stickers, that can be stuck to front doors or mailboxes, allow urbanites to easily indicate which items they are willing to loan to neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102556267/a-tale-of-two-extensions A tale of two extensions Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T14:47:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a1312ccb22270fb13be41c0dddd2883.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Switzerland&rsquo;s two largest art museums are building extensions, although Basel is moving faster than its neighbour and sometimes rival, Z&uuml;rich. In Basel, construction is proceeding apace on the Kunstmuseum&rsquo;s project, across the street from the original museum. [...] Meanwhile Z&uuml;rich&rsquo;s Kunsthaus has become embroiled in a dispute which has halted work this month. The Swiss environmental group Archicultura is objecting, and permission to build is being withheld by a canton court.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101804309/big-chosen-to-expand-headquarters-of-swiss-watchmaker-audemars-piguet-in-la-vall-e-de-joux BIG chosen to expand headquarters of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in La Vallée de Joux Justine Testado 2014-06-13T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79eg5cijz8rb7e4x.jpg" width="514" height="185" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have chosen BIG, HG Merz, Luchinger &amp; Meyer, and Muller Illien as having the winning design for a new expansion of their headquarters in La Vall&eacute;e de Joux, La Brassus, Switzerland. Adding quite the literal twist to the timeline concept, BIG's proposal -- titled Maison des Fondateurs -- dons a 25,000 ft. spiral-shaped museum that tells the centuries-long history of Audemars Piguet.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xyz1xif1ofua5ztv.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccsulotuynjbmrai.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t0/t0z2sx5is30p3qr1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2ievfpfdwddq1d4.jpg"></p><p>Dig into the details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_chosen_to_expand_headquarters_of_swiss_watchmaker_audemars_piguet_in_la/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98668958/one-architect-s-swiss-village-revival-in-retrospect One architect's Swiss village revival in retrospect Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-30T12:30:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a20426bc2493bf6b2722f1dee9df3c21.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Swiss architect Gion A Caminada is something of a cult figure. Now in his 50s, he's spent much of his working life since the late 1970s practising out of a small village called Vrin in the canton of Graub&uuml;nden. [...] Caminada's idea was to boost the place with a collection of well-designed and functional private and communal buildings, among them the Aussichtsturm Reussdelta, an ornithologists' observation tower, and Waldhuette, a woodland cabin containing a school classroom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98505295/3xn-to-design-the-new-international-olympic-committee-hq-in-lausanne 3xn to design the new International Olympic Committee HQ in Lausanne Justine Testado 2014-04-22T18:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vkxsb1wdoncn2tb.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>3xn was chosen by the International Olympic Committee as the architectural partner to design the new IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC selected the Danish firm after a collective decision by the IOC Architecture College during a March 25 meeting... The design for the new headquarters will be revealed at a later date arranged by the IOC.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning concept for the IOC Headquarters will be located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva providing an &lsquo;Olympic campus&rsquo; of administrative buildings for 500 employees. 3xn has worked continuously on their proposal since last July when they were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76375076/international-olympic-committee-announces-design-shortlist-for-its-new-lausanne-hq" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted with 12 international all-star practices</a>.</p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/3xn_to_design_the_new_international_olympic_committee_hq_in_lausanne/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more info.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97026686/should-cities-reject-bad-transit-until-something-better-comes-along Should Cities Reject Bad Transit Until Something Better Comes Along? Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:12:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e5dd1a703650ef7c5f3030e58460340.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In city after city, U.S. transit advocates face a similar problem: What to do with bad, or at least less-than-perfect, public transportation proposals? Big transit projects don&rsquo;t come around every day, and rejecting a proposal, perhaps one with support in high places, in the hopes that something better will come along can leave you with nothing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/88220565/stalactite-by-aptum-architecture-warming-huts-v-2014-competition-entry "Stalactite" by APTUM Architecture - Warming Huts v. 2014 competition entry Justine Testado 2013-12-06T15:41:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:19:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4i40y6o4o33ewbf4.jpg" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's a pretty cool Warming Huts v. 2014 submission we received from APTUM Architecture, based in the U.S. and Switzerland. As its name states, APTUM's warming hut proposal was inspired by stalactite formations that hang from the ceilings of caves.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adu9gwryhvv1m0k2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y5/y5iw2r5pf42s54kz.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/go/gons4fxo3l7t4dk4.jpg" title=""><br> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/stalactite_by_aptum_architecture_-_warming_huts_v_2014_competition_entry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of APTUM.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81542777/bureau-a-s-parole-wins-in-swiss-art-awards-2013 BUREAU A’s “Parole” wins in Swiss Art Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-09-10T21:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T21:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0qjivrzfl7fy60fe.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Swiss firm <a href="http://www.a-bureau.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a> recently won first prize in Architecture in the Swiss Art Awards 2013 for one of their latest projects, "Parole - Champ-dollon 1/24." Although the project looks like a simple mouse cage, it comes with a strong message about complex social issues.</p> <p> "Parole" is a sculptural cage that is a reinterpretation of a part of the Champ-Dollon--a prison in Geneva, Switzerland that is known for its maximum occupancy ratios. The project highlights the debates regarding the role of architects and architecture when it comes to commissions of an ethically questionable and politically charged nature, like building a prison. Furthermore, the project emphasizes that architects should use their skills and tools to create structures that raise awareness of these debates and challenge these commissions instead of "quietly" designing them and aiming for perfection to appease the clients.</p> <p> Precisely scaled to the ratio of laboratory mice at 1:24, "Parole" also addresses ongoing glob...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80009588/nau-drexler-guinand-jauslin-transform-swiss-bank NAU + Drexler Guinand Jauslin Transform Swiss Bank Justine Testado 2013-08-21T19:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T19:50:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivp4puu37ew4ce1a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new Raiffeisen Bank branch designed by NAU Architecture and Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architekten was completed this past May in the historical city center of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, after the design won first place in a competition back in May 2012. The design as a whole appeals to the senses, going beyond the basic functions of a bank to creating an open, welcoming place for customers through light, color, and efficient use of space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79829222/sex-box-the-newest-architectural-typology Sex box - the newest architectural typology? Paul Petrunia 2013-08-19T11:59:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T10:01:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c2aea3d830d123c863d180a52e58d46.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They look like shelters for hikers in a national park, but these wooden sheds in Switzerland have a rather less innocent purpose &ndash; they provide a discreet location for men to have sex with prostitutes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an attempt to "regulate prostitution, combat pimping and improve security for sex workers", Zurich has opened nine "sex boxes" in the former industrial zone of Zurich. The boxes are accessed by drivers following signed routes, where customers will find up to 40 prostitutes waiting to offer their services.</p> <p> The boxes prominently display posters advocating safe sex, and provide alarms for the prostitutes to trigger if they feel threatened.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78310301/winners-of-the-best-architects-14-awards Winners of the best architects 14 awards Alexander Walter 2013-07-30T19:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T18:14:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58wkzdpdpsrowxtu.jpg" width="514" height="737" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now in its 8th year, the best architects award just announced its winners. Organized annually, the program recognizes outstanding architectural design in the German-speaking countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the South Tyrol province of Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77214480/mvrdv-wins-housing-competition-in-emmen-switzerland MVRDV Wins Housing Competition in Emmen, Switzerland Alexander Walter 2013-07-16T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T15:17:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47yrhej1p53zh95d.jpg" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Emmen, Switzerland has announced that Rotterdam architects MVRDV, together with investment corporation Senn BPM AG, Fontana Landscape architects and W&uuml;est &amp; Partner real estate consulting, are the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block with 95 homes of 16 different types.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/66170115/behnisch-architekten-wins-architectural-competition-for-agora-cancer-centre-in-lausanne Behnisch Architekten wins Architectural Competition for Agora Cancer Centre in Lausanne behnischpr 2013-01-24T19:33:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:07:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mo93c85uqb1d0wa5.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Behnisch Architekten's Stuttgart office has won the two-stage architectural competition established by the ISREC Foundation (Swiss Institute for experimental cancer research) to create a new home for the AGORA - Cancer Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. The AGORA - Cancer Centre exists specifically to bring together scientists and practitioners under one roof as part of a community of expertise. The opportunity for enhancing communication within the new building was a major focus of the competition. The project represents an outstanding architectural and programmatic challenge wherein integrating the building&rsquo;s diverse requirements within an extremely heterogeneous and tight urban fabric places great demands on the design concept. The scheme of Behnisch Architekten was selected for its ability to address these concerns in a very holistic architectural yet functional way. Set for completion in 2016, the new Cancer Centre will accommodate 400 researchers and clinicians.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2mlge5yksdvgb3wn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Design</strong><br> B...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59497167/memorial-to-a-buried-village Memorial to a Buried Village Archinect 2012-10-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9f2e0ee0efe3d86a26ab2aadaa58593.jpg" width="514" height="594" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by many hiking trips that the two students from China have enjoyed during their studies at ETHZ, the entry is based on the idea of a hypothetical mudflow in the Swiss Alps burying a village. The project works with columns of transparent thermoplastic planted into the earth as a metaphorical representation of the former village. Sunlight is being transmitted through the columns into the subterranean space, where they illuminate a poetic memory of the former rooms in the buried houses.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58833258/breaking-new-ground-le-corbusier-still-a-key-figure-for-young-architects Breaking new ground : Le Corbusier still a key figure for young architects Archinect 2012-10-07T18:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-07T18:37:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v1vn1rlbyy12m9ok.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Le Corbusier, Herzog &amp; De Meuron, Mario Botta and Peter Zumthor - to mention only the most prominent names - have put Swiss architecture on the world map. The younger generation has not yet achieved the same celebrity, but it is striking out in new directions of its own. &nbsp; For the 125th anniversary of the birth of Le Corbusier, swissinfo.ch talked to art historian Lorette Coen about current trends in Swiss architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/54059219/swiss-freeports-are-home-for-a-growing-treasury-of-art Swiss Freeports Are Home for a Growing Treasury of Art Archinect 2012-07-23T19:33:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T19:34:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1775e8b4c68cf06b37ad5714c4d4955.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though little known outside the art world, this surprisingly drab series of buildings is renowned by dealers and collectors as the premier place to stash their most valuable works.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48898537/swiss-clockwork-embassy-in-yaound-cameroon Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon Alexander Walter 2012-05-18T12:52:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:38:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1gqdvenwihc4t0g.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London/Paris-based practice Matteo Cainer Architects Ltd has sent us its competition entry for the new Swiss embassy building in Yaound&eacute;, the capital city of Cameroon, West Africa. The design is a play on the precision of Swiss clockwork mechanism and traditional Cameroon Musgum housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/41217380/peter-zumthor-loses-bid-for-vals-thermal-baths Peter Zumthor loses bid for Vals thermal baths Archinect 2012-03-13T00:19:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T12:13:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4jp0xbjk6fio7jdh.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss star architect Peter Zumthor has lost a battle for ownership of the spa and hotel complex in Vals, eastern Switzerland, which he designed. The commune, which owns the complex, decided on Friday night to sell it to 35-year-old property developer Remo Stoffel.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/37468738/an-interview-with-jacques-herzog An interview with Jacques Herzog Places Journal 2012-02-09T11:14:00-05:00 >2012-02-12T23:38:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqwjdum6zd414an8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this uniformity, I see a tendency among architects to respect and maintain the status quo, and a consensus about what architecture is and can do for our society. That&rsquo;s the expression of a decorative understanding of architecture, even if it expresses itself in a subtle, modernist language. (Jacques Herzog)</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Jacques Herzog discusses the recent work of Herzog &amp; de Meuron and the challenges of maintaining a creatively vital practice, in an interview with Hubertus Adam and J. Christoph Burkle.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/10252933/vevey-office-building-by-a-zc-and-architram Vevey Office Building by A/ZC and Architram Alexander Walter 2011-06-17T15:25:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T18:42:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mzmby5oqmods2ete.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris-based Atelier Z&uuml;ndel &amp; Cristea Architects (A/ZC) has shared with us their entry for a competition that seeks to densen the urban fabric of Vevey, a Swiss town on the north shore of Lake Geneva. The project is a collaboration with Swiss firm Architram.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/7265680/villa-vals-by-search-and-christian-muller-architects Villa Vals by SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects adelz 2011-05-22T16:58:16-04:00 >2011-05-23T14:48:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0g/0ghd2rquzf0hmvi7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/9925/building-of-the-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building of the Day</a> series is brought to you by our friends at <a href="http://OpenBuildings.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OpenBuildings.com</a>, the web's most comprehensive directory of buildings.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://openbuildings.com/upload/group1/building581/media/1300733589.jpg"></p> <p> Shouldn&rsquo;t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building?</p> <p> SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects designed this gorgeous private holiday villa in Switzerland, located near the thermal springs of Therme Vals. A truly inspiring sight to behold!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://openbuildings.com/upload/group1/building581/media/media_24825.jpg"></p> <p> Surprised that it was permissible to construct a pair of dwellings so close to the world famous thermal bath of Vals, the client seized the opportunity to develop the site, without disturbing the bath&rsquo;s expansive views. The introduction of a central patio into the steep incline creates a large fa&ccedil;ade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving an even more dramatic view of the strikingly beautiful mountains on the opposite side of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/4487780/winner-of-the-negrellisteg-crossing-competition-announced Winner of the Negrellisteg Crossing Competition Announced Alexander Walter 2011-04-28T14:03:52-04:00 >2011-05-02T14:44:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uw/uwmuoz8rls0v90nt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris-based Explorations Architecture, together with engineering firms Flint &amp; Neill and Arup Lighting have won the international competition to design the Negrellisteg crossing, a pedestrian bridge, over the Hauptbahnhof railways in downtown Zurich, Switzerland. The competition was held by the City of Zurich with 12 shortlisted teams.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/3442519/libeskind-pool-ceiling-collapses-in-bern Libeskind pool ceiling collapses in Bern james webb 2011-04-19T12:03:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:35:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rngem3u77ku908tl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ceiling of a retail and leisure centre designed by Daniel Libeskind has collapsed for the second time in three years in the Swiss capital of Bern. Two people were injured and one was treated for shock following the accident, which happened on April 12 in the swimming pool area of the city&rsquo;s Westside centre.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>