Archinect - News 2017-09-21T10:25:25-04:00 With a span of 494 meters, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is officially world's longest Julia Ingalls 2017-08-01T17:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T17:51:52-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Constructed by Swissrope/Lauber Seilbahnen AG, Frutigen, this suspension bridge in Switzerland is now the globe's longest (and arguably, most scenic, as it hovers above one of the deepest valleys in the country). The two-foot-wide bridge, which helps connect two mountain towns, has cut the time it takes to traverse the valley down from 3 to 4 hours to 10 minutes. The downside is the incredible elevation:&nbsp;the tourism board, which issued a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>&nbsp;announcing the bridge's opening, warned tourists with a fear of heights to keep taking the long way.&nbsp;</p> “Archaic, but contemporary”: The Fondation Beyeler on why Peter Zumthor is right for the museum's expansion Justine Testado 2017-06-16T18:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T18:56:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Zumthor has this archaic way of looking at architecture, but in a very contemporary way: his buildings are very durable,&rdquo; [Sam Keller, director of the Fondation Beyeler,] said. &ldquo;They are a little out of time and fashion, and we liked that.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, Peter Zumthor unveiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his winning scheme</a> for the expansion of the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler museum in Riehen, near Basel. In this recent New York Times article, Zumthor and Beyeler Director Sam Keller share more commentary and their aspirations for the milestone expansion.</p> Peter Zumthor unveils scheme for Fondation Beyeler extension in Riehen Justine Testado 2017-05-04T18:25:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T14:28:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>After being unanimously chosen out of 11 renowned architecture firms, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor</a> presented his vision for the expansion project of the reputable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fondation Beyeler Museum</a> in Riehen, Basel. Joining the original Renzo Piano-designed museum building, the new expansion will provide more room for the Museum's cultural events as well as more gallery space for their growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.&nbsp;</p><p>Zumthor's scheme reflects the Museum's focus on &ldquo;the visitor's personal and sensory experiences in encountering art and nature&rdquo;. The expansion will be&nbsp;constructed on private land of the Iselin-Weber Park, which will become accessible to the public.</p><p>The scheme distributes the Museum's various functions among three buildings, like a village-like community,: an administrative building, a transparent events pavilion, and the &ldquo;House for Art&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Images Courtesy Atelier Peter Zumthor &amp; Partner.</em></p><p>Visitors will&nbsp;be able to easily access recreation areas in the Iselin-Weber Park&nbsp;a...</p> Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T20:30:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> Zaha Hadid transforms Zurich gallery in homage to artist Kurt Schwitters Justine Testado 2016-06-17T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:08:33-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Upon first glance, the &ldquo;Kurt Schwitters: Merz&rdquo; exhibition is an enticing haven of artistic talent. The retrospective opened earlier this week at the Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich. An exhibition involving Zaha Hadid is sure to be a visual treat, whether it's her work that is on display or if she designed an exhibition's setup. Hadid's design for this particular the late architect's homage to Kurt Schwitters' famous Merzbau.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more photos of the exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the late Dame Zaha Hadid's final designs will be built in West Chelsea</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Zaha Hadid-designed $50 million High Line penthouse</a></p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> Jean Nouvel's museum extension plans narrowly rejected in Geneva Alexander Walter 2016-03-02T14:04:00-05:00 >2017-09-12T19:00:38-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The people of Geneva have narrowly rejected a controversial plan to extend and renovate the city&rsquo;s Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art et d&rsquo;Histoire by the French architect Jean Nouvel. The &ldquo;non&rdquo; camp won the public vote on 28 February with 54%. &nbsp; &nbsp; Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris designed the planned extension, which was approved by Geneva&rsquo;s municipal council last May, in collaboration with the local firms Architectures Jucker and DVK Architectes.[...] The council must now launch a new competition for the museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Nouvel stories in the Archinect news:</p> <ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel in NYMag profile: "I create a film in my head."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris</a></li></ul> Christian Kerez to helm the Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:35-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Swiss architect Christian Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), will be responsible for creating the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion for the 15th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Kerez studied at ETH Z&uuml;rich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council that has been responsible for the country's contributions to the Venice Biennale since 2012, announced the other day that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Kerez</a> will create the exhibition for next year's Biennale.&nbsp;<br><br>Kerez is best known for a commercial tower project in Zhengzhou, China, a school in Leutschenbach, Switzerland and a social housing project in Brazil. His firm is also known for the "House with One Wall" project, a two-family home in Zurich-Witikon.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Kerez seeks to enable a new spatial experience that can only be brought about by architecture," the press release states.<br><br>The art historian Sandra Oehy will curate the exhibit. "Salon Suisse," a discussion and debate platform that has accompanied the Swiss contribution to the Biennale since 2012, will be programmed by the art historian and architect Le&iuml;la el-Wakil.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The selection was made based on the recommendation of a jury that comprised Marco Bakker, Francesco Buzzi, Beatrice Galilee, Irina Davidovici, and Isa St...</p> Herzog & de Meuron's Kabinett shares their entire estate since 1978 Justine Testado 2015-06-18T19:14:00-04:00 >2016-02-02T08:07:38-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Herzog and de Meuron no doubt has a wealth of archival material attached to each of their projects - all valuable pieces of information that are often rarely seen outside the architects' main HQ...The Kabinett is a charitable foundation set up in Basel to make the celebrated architects' estate accessible to the public. Establishing this initiative in their home town...has been a 'lifelong aspiration' for the duo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Herzog and de Meuron recently issued a press statement through the Kunstmuseum Basel announcing their Kabinett project, which features categorized cabinets consisting 'all the items and materials that were produced, collected, and archived' by the firm since its founding in 1978. The estate will be available for loans to local museums and institutions, and the Kunstmuseum Basel will have exclusive access. Experts and researchers can visit the archives upon request.</p><p>Read the full statement <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> "The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff": Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-02T19:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-15T08:51:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>It&rsquo;s been a strange week, especially in Indiana. On this episode, before getting to the RFRA-ff, we hit on a neat architectural inversion: LA-heavyweight <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis designs a "middle-finger" luxury tower in the quaint mountain town of Vals</a>, Switzerland, while the subtly grand Swiss museum-master <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor pushes a calligraphic inkblot for LACMA</a> on LA's Miracle Mile. Vals is already home to Zumthor's Therme Spa. It&rsquo;s like Trading Spaces, but with starchitects!</p><p>On the latter-half of our show, Amelia, Donna and Ken talk with Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions&rsquo; legal correspondent, about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana&rsquo;s controversial revisions to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act</a> &ndash; with our own Donna Sink on the ground in Indianapolis, we dig into how this national and local issue would affect architects and the profession.</p><p>Paul is away this week, on vacation in the outer reaches of Peru, blissfully out of Skype's reach. He'll be back as soon as he re-enters the connected world.</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;y...</p> Thom Mayne's Vals Tower Draws Criticism Nicholas Korody 2015-04-02T15:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T17:30:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Release a rendering of a very tall, very shiny glass tower looming over an&nbsp;idyllic mountain&nbsp;village and the Internet goes bananas. That's what happened earlier this week when Morphosis Architects&nbsp;of Los Angeles released its design renderings&nbsp;for a new luxury hotel in Vals, a low-key spa town in the Swiss Alps. The design, conceived by Morphosis founder Thom Mayne, would check in at a whopping 1,250 feet, making it the tallest building in the European Union.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Morphosis turns Vals into "Skyscraper Village" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:37:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Plans for a 381m high luxury hotel tower in a sleepy Alpine village have just been unveiled &ndash; and the designer is convinced it will fit right in. But is it any more than a castle in the air? [...] The new hotel tower, designed by Pritzker prizewinner Thom Mayne&rsquo;s practice, Morphosis, will shoot up 381m into the clouds (almost a third taller than the Shard), a looming spectre visible for miles around the tiny alpine village. It is a gigantic mirror-clad middle finger aimed at the region [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: ETH Zürich, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-03-05T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-03-07T20:30:27-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from the ETH Z&uuml;rich Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) in Switzerland.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Lectures begin at 6 p.m. at the ETH Z&uuml;rich H&ouml;nggerberg Building HIL, Auditorium E4.</p><p>Mar 10<br><strong>Anthony Vidler</strong> / Professor - Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, NY; Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History - Yale University</p><p>Mar 24<br><strong>Armand Gr&uuml;ntuch and Almut Gr&uuml;ntuch-Ernst</strong> / Gr&uuml;ntuch Ernst Architekten - Berlin</p><p>Apr 14<br><strong>Amale Andraos</strong> / WORKac; Dean - Columbia University GSAPP</p><p>For ...</p> BUREAU A's Swiss alpine cabin lets you camp out inside a boulder Justine Testado 2014-12-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:42-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Up in the slopes of the Swiss village Verbier in the Alps, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a>'s "Antoine" is a little wooden cabin hidden inside a concrete rock that camouflages with its environment. Inspired by Swiss cultural elements like the literature of iconic writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, hidden bunkers, and the unique experience of living in an alpine landscape, "Antoine" looks like one comfy, cool space to get away from it all &mdash; with a hint of adventure.</p><p>BUREAU A provided more detail into their latest project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The mountains have the power to call for feelings of fascination and fear at the same time. Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, surv...</p> A Sticker Pack For Urban Item Sharing Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:46:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A tale of two extensions Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T14:47:14-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Dig into the details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted with 12 international all-star practices</a>.</p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more info.</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of APTUM.</em></p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Swiss firm <a href="" 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> NAU + Drexler Guinand Jauslin Transform Swiss Bank Justine Testado 2013-08-21T19:43:00-04:00 >2017-02-21T07:41:27-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sex box - the newest architectural typology? Paul Petrunia 2013-08-19T11:59:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T10:01:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> Winners of the best architects 14 awards Alexander Walter 2013-07-30T19:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T18:14:46-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MVRDV Wins Housing Competition in Emmen, Switzerland Alexander Walter 2013-07-16T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T15:17:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Design</strong><br> B...</p> Memorial to a Buried Village Archinect 2012-10-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:15:37-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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, 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>