a+u 2010:08 Swiss Sensibilities

a+u 2010:08

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Cover: New Monte Rosa Hut by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) / Studio Monte Rosa. Photo: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, courtesy of ETH Zurich / Studio Monte Rosa.

Feature: Swiss Sensibilities

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Swiss Sensibilities

This issue features 15 examples of Swiss architecture, including the most recent projects by Chiristian Kerez, Gigon / Guyer and Valerio Olgiati. By now, Swiss architecture from the German language region that includes Zurich and Basel has become a familiar topic in the architectural media. How have buildings by architects who were once called representatives of Minimalism or designers of Swiss Boxes changed? On one hand, we see attempts to discover new possibilities in materials and an interest in the richness of colors; on the other hand is a stricter approach to tectonics. However, it seems that there is something about their work that reminds us of the timelessness of Swiss architecture. It is impossible to describe it concretely, but it might be their dignified attitude toward architecture. This issue also includes two articles as the second installment of the ‘Sustainability Survey’: one is ‘Sustainability in Switzerland’, which introduces the activities of the non-profit foundation myclimate, a spin-off from ETH Zurich; the other is ‘Climate as a Design Factor’, which analyzes the relationship between design and the central European Swiss climate. (

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Christian Kerez Leutschenbach School Gigon / Guyer Swiss Museum of Transport EM2N Hotel City Garden Conversion Rosenberg Valerio Olgiati The New Visitor Center for the Swiss National Park Localarchitecture

and Bureau d’Architecture Danilo Mondada

A Temporary Chapel for the Deaconesses of St-Loup Peter Märkli Swiss Re Next

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) /Studio Monte Rosa

New Monte Rosa Hut Gramazio & Kohler Private House in Riedikon Research in Digital Materiality Conducted at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) Miller & Maranta Spa Samedan Villa on the Lake Shore Christ & Gantenbein AG Architekten Swiss National Museum, Restoration Swiss National Museum, Extension Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects Wood House in Caviano amrein giger architekten Villa Sarona, Residential Care Home Boltshauser Architekten Atelier Dubsstrasse

Sustainability Survey vol. 2:

Sustainability in Switzerland Sylke Gruhnwald Climate as a Design Factor Roman Brunner Christian Hönger