Dietmar Eberle, a Builder of Comfort

Peter Buchanan 

Born in 1952, Dietmar Eberle is the principal of Baumschlager Eberle, founded in 1985. For legal and commercial convenience the practice retains this name, even though Carlo Baumschlager moved on in 2010. As well as running what is now a group of ten independent practices, Eberle teaches at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, where he also guides the research that is vital in informing his approach to architecture.

Although he has built prolifically, Eberle’s architecture only slowly came to widespread international recognition. And even then it tended to be somewhat misunderstood, or at least underestimated, as a particularly elegant example of the reticent minimalism fashionable in recent decades. But his architecture and aesthetic predilections are about the long term, not passing fashions. His approach, one of steady refinement and evolution, is concerned with and draws on research into various aspects of a building’s performance (not just technical), so as to tackle the various dimensions of sustainability without the conspicuous use of the technology and adjustable devices usually associated with green design...[+]

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