The left bank of Lake Zurich is characterized by a series of individual spatial compartments. The location of the water police at Mythenquai lies precisely on the perimeter of two such compartments: the promontory occupied by the Zurich Rowing Club a
In recent years, technological innovation has changed the relationship between living and working substantially: people work where they live and live where they work. This shift from a clear separation of living and working spaces to the most diverse
The industrial character that once shaped this area on the outskirts Zurich, and which is still partly visible today, is increasingly being overwritten by new residential buildings. One of these is this U-shaped apartment block with two well-differen
The existing school complex was constructed by Hans von Meyenburg from 1954 to 1956. It is dispersed across the site in a loosely staggered parallel configuration. The project strategy is based on an analysis of the existing buildings, which are unde
Elevated above the ground, the Center for Hearing and Language is accessed by means of a slender path that winds towards the ground level. The new school, surrounded by grand existing trees, replaces two massive provisional buildings. The L-shaped vo
The Hofacker school grounds, in the Hirslanden district of Zurich, consist of the school building with a gymnasium by Friedrich Wehrli, built in 1898, and a second gymnasium wing from 1938, by city architect Hermann Herter. These two existing school
Along the Gold Coast of Lake Zurich, individual localities have lost a clear sense of identity amongst the continuity of the suburban landscape. Generic architecture determines the immediate context of any remaining open spaces, which create a welcom
Europaallee is by far the largest real estate development in the heart of Zurich and lies just beyond the main train station. The site is the final of eight new constructions and is directly adjacent to the multicultural – and rather infamous – distr
In order to ensure growth in a competitive market while maintaining strategically crucial areas of research and development in Switzerland, Trafag relocated their headquarters to a 10,000-square meter industrial zone located in between Zurich’s Oberl
The brief called for two houses in one. Each house required independent access, yet the overall design had to enable inhabiting both houses as one residence. The complex, formed by four clean-cut boxes of monolithic white concrete resting on top of e
The Obstgarten school complex is a typical ensemble from the 1970s, and consists of raw concrete cubes that are integrated into their surroundings on different levels. While the brief included a renovation of the classroom tracts – their interiors re
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is closely linked to the political party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and is committed to promoting democratic decision-making, socio-political engagement, and international understanding around the globe. The Foundation headqua
This three-story apartment building shares grounds with an existing villa, designed by Rittmeyer and Furrer in the early 20th century. The general scheme of the proposal compresses the entire mass of the new construction into the south corner of the
With its massive walls of unfaced reinforced concrete and its subtly composed windows, the building rises on an exact 25x25-meter footprint in order to leave the preexisting trees as they are.
The planar building – a slender volume 75 meters long, 15 meters wide, and with 12 levels – can be interpreted as a solitary gesture. The orthogonal form of the plane dialogs with typologies present in the surrounding urban fabric, which is character
Due to its prominent street corner location, the new TAZ building must mediate between the urban fabric of a traditional Berlin block and solitary buildings from the IBA era. The design combines the urban block and the corner, adopting the height of
The new volume is respectfully added to the old Herter and Wehrli buildings, placing the sports areas below ground. The public spaces, the library, and the kitchen are on the ground floor, and the secondary school classrooms are on the first floor...
The two aligned twin buildings accommodate residential spaces and workshops, reflecting in this way the proposal’s objective: to draw attention to the need to design for different ways of living, and to address a new social reality...
This complex of apartment blocks in the heart of Zurich replaces a settlement from the 1940s and is presented as an alternative to the conventional typology of isolated buildings that do little to generate an urban scheme, in contrast with their imme
On the outskirts of Zurich, in the industrial quarter of Escher-Wyss, stood the abandoned old warehouse of what was once a textile factory. The Escher Terrassen project has transformed it into a venue for rehearsals of the city’s opera company, and a
On the left shore of Lake Zurich, a new police station designed by the Swiss team E2A is tucked in between the pier and the rowing club, establishing a transition between them. The volume is divided into two levels separated by a technical mezzanine
At Broëlberg, on the outskirts of Zurich, the owners of one of the most beautiful sites in the area – a rolling terrain of almost ten hectares, a park with trees, and a small pond – decided, fortunately, to promote an operation that would adapt the p
Strong and ironic, material and program-based, contained and purposeful are some of the adjectives that could be used to sum up the sound and lucid oeuvre of Piet and Wim Eckert (born in 1968 and in 1969, respectively). After graduating at the ETH Zü
Exact geometries of hermetic appeal and flexible spaces of suggestive freedom define the committed work of the Eckert brothers.
With a sound intellectual base, E2A’s oeuvre takes stock of contemporary conflicts, which translates into sturdy, abstract, and flexible works.
Piet and Wim Eckert see the bottle half full. Aware of the conflictive, changing environment in which they work, their projects offer hopeful responses, starting from the limitations of site or program to supply spaces open to transformation and appr
Having both graduated from ETH Zurich, and after a training period that saw them working for Rem Koolhaas and residing in cities like Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and Seoul, the brothers Piet and Wim Eckert (born in 1968 and 1969, respectively) returned t
Separados por tan solo un año en edad, los hermanos Piet y Win Eckert han seguido caminos paralelos en lo académico y lo profesional: ambos estudiaron Arquitectura en la Escuela Politécnica de Zúrich (ETHZ) y trabajaron para OMA inmediatamente despué