Riken Yamamoto + Field Shop Wins Zurich Airport Competition ‘The Circle’

A Japanese team of star architects – Riken Yamamoto + Field Shop – is the winner of the architectural competition launched by the Zurich Airport for ‘The Circle‘. The project involves an upscale complex for innovative services within walking distance of the terminals. The airport operator owns land reserves with a developable, crescent-shaped area of 37,000 m² and a utilizable area of around 200,000 m² in compliance with Zurich’s zoning requirements.

Read the rest of this article »

Kunstmuseum Basel Announces Its Competition Winner(s)

The winners for the international architecture competition Extension Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland have been announced. The jury decided to award the project of Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein the 1st prize.

Read the rest of this article »

Zufferey House // Wallis // Switzerland // Nunatak Sàrl Architectes

From Nunatak Sàrl Architectes:


‘L’Ardévaz’, is the name of that mountain. It is located above the site at the north. Its shape and material structure is the unique inspiration to plan the house. Formally, the house looks like a stone block lying on the ground in a fragile balance. It is covered with a skin of natural slates.

Read the rest of this article »

Prototyp Einfamilienhaus // AKA architetti

Italian architects AKA architetti have won a competition for a low-energy wooden house.
The Prototyp Einfamilienhaus – prototype one-family house – will be built on sites in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The first residential unit will be realized in Darß, Germany, and is scheduled to be completed by 2008.

Read the rest of this article »

Montreux Town Hall By Group 8

‘A piece of quartz adapted to its surroundings…’

This proposal for the town hall of the Swiss city Montreux was designed by Group 8 in 2004 as part of a competition.

Client: Commune of Montreux

Cost: 25’000’000.- CHF

Cocoon Offices // Zurich // Switzerland // Camenzind Evolution

‘Cocoon by Swiss architectural firm Camenzind Evolution is located in Zurich’s Seefeld district on a beautiful hillside, which enjoys excellent lake and mountain views.

Read the rest of this article »

Vitra Children Workshop // Zurich // Switzerland // Alejandro Aravena Architects

From Alejandro Aravena Architects:

A thing, not an object.

It’s been a couple of years now, since I heard Argentinean architect Rafael Iglesia describe one of his projects as the attempt to produce a thing not an object. A thing, he said, does not have project, it has not been designed; but an object has.

I might have misunderstood what he meant, but I translated it as the difference between a chair and a stone. A chair is designed to be able to sit on it. A stone, if of the right size and form, may allow to sit on it, but was not designed as such. A thing has a life on its own, it has no purpose; only circumstances, e.i. use, make a thing become intentional.

Read the rest of this article »

Google Office // Zurich // Switzerland // STATiC

The recently opened Google office in Zurich, which is the largest Google Engineering Centre outside the US Headquarters, represents a new generation of office-work environment. A profound research was initiated to learn about the functional as well as the emotional needs of the ‘Googlers’. The resulting design is about functionality and flexibility in the personal workspace and choice and diversity in the community areas, creating an environment that holistically supports the ‘Googlers’ in their work and well being.