SUR
Zürich, 2015: Built

type: open competition 105 apartments
dates: competition 2005, planning 2006-2008, construction 2013-2014
size: 20'100m2
costs: 38'100'000
client: city of Zurich

 

The Rautistrasse competition was part of the campaign ‘10000 apartments in 10 years’ that the city of Zurich had launched in 1999 to promote affordable housing. The site in Zurich’s South-West belongs to a heterogeneous neighborhood. The project consists of 7 half-cubes containing 105 apartments in total. When working on the competition it was our aim to keep a close relationship with the topography and the neighborhood in placing the 7 volumes seemingly randomly. The porosity of the city fabric as well as existing views are maintained and emphasized rather than walled off. The resulting interstitial spaces, playing on proportion and scale, are animated by a series of old trees that accentuate the landscape and evoke a not so far past, when this site was still located at Zurich’s periphery. The final project proposes through its precise placing of solids and voids a spatial configuration with apartments opening on 3 outside facades – nearly every one profiting from incredibles view over the city of Zurich.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Anna Ryf, Hanna Kronstrand, Martin Ulliana, Nadine Kahnt, UNDEND
photographs: Joël Tettamanti
images: Marc Droz

VOLIERE
Château Chillon, 2013: Competition

type: pavillon d'accueil
size: 375m2
client: Fondation de Château de Chillon

 

Ligne de visite (1) Sur son parcours, le visiteur est confronté à un espace compris entre le château – rocher artificiel – et une nouvelle forêt. Lorsque le visiteur croise la ligne de franchissement, il sera submergé par la vue en direction des Dents du Midi. La ligne de franchissement (2) prend tout son sens dans l‘emplacement stratégique du château de Chillon, serré entre lac et montagne. Le château est un point de passage obligé le long d‘un axe Nord-Sud important. La ligne de vue (3) séquence les éléments suivants. a. Le jardin existant, élément identitaire de qualité du site. b. Le croisement de cette ligne de vue avec la ligne de franchissement donne naissance à un «pivot» articulant la fonction d‘origine du château en tant qu‘outil stratégique et son statut actuel de site touristique et de patrimoine historique. Le «pivot» est activé cinétiquement par la ligne de visite. c. La volière, construction de bois et de verre, couvre le café et «capture» les oiseaux migrants du Nord au Sud. La trame structurelle et spatiale du projet est régie par cette ligne de vue. Le rapport de frontalité qu‘entretiennent le bazar, la volière ainsi que le pont du château vis- à-vis du « pivot » permet de créer une condition de place.

team: Dieter Dietz, Vincent Mermod, Manuel Potterat, Pablo Astudillo

CHIGNY
Chigny, 2013: Under Construction

type: direct commision for 2 houses
dates: planning 2011-2012, construction 2013-2014
size: 600m2
client: private

 

A 200-year-old Chestnut tree and a very tall Sycamore, in the middle of the vineyards of Chigny above Morges, shelter a group of 3 houses: manor house, farmhouse, and press-house. An ensemble of carefully proportioned houses dating from the 19th century, integrated into the landscape almost like stones on a field. To respond to the brief for an additional house we followed the prevailing characteristics of this rural site, where Solitary volumes in close conglomerates provide space and shelter for the activities that facilitate life. In adding an additional house, and following the typology of barn we have inserted a further gravitational mass in the play of volumes about the trees. Chestnuts will fall close to a new roof entirely built up of Graetzel cells that provide energy both for the new and the refurbished press-house.

team: Dieter Dietz, Vincent Mermod, Manuel Potterat
photographs: Joël Tettamanti, Vincent Mermod

PASSAGEN
Morat/Murten, 2013: Competition

type: parking garage
size: 300 pp, 7'500m2
client: Commune de Morat

 

'Passagen', the project for an underground parking garage a few meters from Murten's ancient city wall and its major portal the Berntor, has a simple premise: Rather than the car, it places the human being in the center of the spatial disposition of the project. Thus it makes reference more towards the great interior 'Passagen' spaces of the 19th and early 20th century: interior streets or alleys for the citizens to be, to shop, to interact. While following all regulations for parking facilities, it emphasized on the users becoming pedestrians once leaving the car, and creates a direct and spatially beautiful passage from car to the city. A main emphasis is placed on the marvelous park-like setting of the site, an open square surrounded by lime trees, formerly the place of the cattle market of Murten and in recent decades degenerated into on-ground parking which is always crowded by cars. 'Passagen' recreates the square as a geometrically, clearly defined, landscape element – giving the Murten population again a park at its doors, open for future activities like markets, open-air cinema, or simply a place for leisure below the wonderful lime trees. The below-ground parking garage follows the logic of the topography and winds itself as a spiral subtly into the ground – thus creating minimum excavation. The layout is articulated as one grand passage. Light filters through the glass brick ceiling through the central atrium towards all levels, and ramps and stairs make the transit from the car to the outside a spatial experience.

team: Dieter Dietz, Vincent Mermod, Manuel Potterat, Pablo Astudillo, Dani Boyd

INTERIEURS LEMANIQUES
Lausanne, 2013: Competition

type: apartments
size: 22'000m2
client: SILL / Société Immobilière Lausannoise pour le Logement SA

 

Un appartement est un espace de vie. Les typologies et les séquences spatiales développées pour cet espace, les façades ainsi que la forme des bâtiments d’INTERIEURS LEMANIQUES sont le résultat d’une prémisse qui commence par l’expérience spatiale qu’on aura en tant qu’habitant, par la vie quotidienne et ses usages, par ses besoins. Par conséquent la volumétrie extérieure agit comme principe structurant un ordre qui est généré à partir de cette expérience d’intériorité. Les rapports d’espaces intérieurs entre eux-mêmes et leur rapport au contexte et à la topographie forment la base du projet. Les fenêtres sont l’expression directe de la volonté d’étirer cet espace intérieur vers le paysage du Lac Léman et les Alpes. Les vantaux des portes-fenêtres s’ouvrent en grand et permettent de prolonger l’espace de la chambre sur des balcons à la Parisienne. La géométrie de ces balcons s’inspire à la fois des axes de vue et des relations entre les différentes unités spatiales et constructives. La chambre est alors perçue comme une niche de l’espace extérieur et en conséquence l’espace perçu et ressenti est plus grand.
La fenêtre devient ainsi un instrument pour l'ensemble du projet. La façade est elle-même un espace, créant la transition entre l’intérieur et l’extérieur.
Lac Léman, lumière du sud, pendant les journées estivales de début septembre 2013.
Nous nous sentons liés à ces endroits et souhaitons que chacun de ces appartements profite de la magie des ambiances oscillantes du ciel au-dessus du Lac Léman et du Jura à l'ouest et de la lumière du matin naissant à peine à l'est sur les Alpes Valaisannes.

reference: Franz Ludwig Catel (1778-1856), Karl Friedrich Schinkel à Naples (1824).

team: Dieter Dietz, Vincent Mermod, Manuel Potterat, Pablo Astudillo, Dani Boyd

LUNA ST PREX
St-Prex, 2012: Built

THIS IS AN ALICE EPFL PROJECT
type: ephemeral stage for the annual St Prex Classics festival
date: project 2011-2012, construction 2012, 2013 (annual ephemeral)
size: 719m2, 10'000m3
client: Fondation St Prex Classics

For more information consult http://alice.epfl.ch
Dieter Dietz is a professor and director of the ALICE laboratory at EPFL

 

ALICE has been contacted by the St Prex Clasics to conceive a dismountable structure in early 2011. A year later in 2012 the first spectators were received beneath the dome of LUNA. The festival for classical music offers unedited collaborations between musicians, performers and artists in the setting of the small medieval town of St Prex. When conceiving of the ephemeral stage and cover for the St Prex Classics we were in search of a straight forward solution to seat an audience close to music and its performers and to shelter stage and people while maintaining an open air atmosphere. With Epidaurus we inherited an immersive setting from the Greeks that we adapted in true scale by superimposing its perfect geometry with the plan of St Prex. The retained fragment seats up to 720 people with a broad stage allowing for performances including dance or large orchestras. Above the spectators and musicians an inflated hemispherical dome transfers modern times technology to the medieval setting of clock tower and city wall. As sound meets light emanating from the inflated dome a particular atmosphere is created making this concert place a unique setting. Geometry, light, and space create an acoustically outstanding open-air location. Conseiller Fédéral Alain Berset writes: 'Music is materializing, quite literally, in Saint-Prex: it is taking the shape of an incredible globe, known as Luna, a sort of talisman cartoon bubble that hovers over the medieval old town, This amazing structure, developed by EPFL Lausanne, captures perfectly the spirit of the Saint-Prex Classics Festival. 'By the light of its silvery Luna (moon)', music lovers will be cast into an enchanting world that escapes the confines of traditional concert halls. In this very way the festival breaks with the rigid, age-old settings that weigh on classical music. It is attracting a new audience that is intrigued by this explosive combination of appoggiaturas, of old stones and the silky cloth of a parachute. But the originality of the setting in no way overshadows the program: from Nigel Kennedy to Anne Sofie von Otter, and not forgetting John Malkovich, the festival is offering an enviable line-up to its public. The festival intrigues and seduces with its irreverent mix of genres. The festival of Saint-Prex combines the freshness of its debuting artists with the mature assurance of its regular performers. I wish it great success.'

team: Dieter Dietz, Sibylle Kössler, Sara Formery, Rudi Nieveen, ALICE EPFL
photographs: Joel Tettamanti / ALICE Studio EPFL

MONTREUX JAZZ HERITAGE LAB
nomad structure, 2012: Built

THIS IS AN ALICE EPFL PROJECT
type: modular laboratory and immersive device
in collaboration with EPFL+ECAL LAB
dates: project 2011, construction 2012
size: 7m x 8m x 3m

For more information consult http://alice.epfl.ch
Dieter Dietz is a professor and director of the ALICE laboratory at EPFL

 

The Montreux Jazz Festival and EPFL presented the Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab in June 2012, an inhabitable architectural module that allows the user to plunge into 45 years of jazz, blues and rock concerts. The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab provides a backdrop to the first results of a long waited initiative. The Montreux Jazz Digital Project, led by the MetaMedia center, had as one of its objectives to oversee the digitization of the festival’s archives since 1967. This legacy includes over 5000 hours of concerts recorded with a pioneering spirit by using the best technical resources of the time, as evidenced by the high definition videos taken from 1991 onwards. This work integrates technologies developed at EPFL laboratories in order to enrich and enhance this musical heritage and it is also the result of thorough research. As part of this vast project, the EPFL+ECAL Lab was tasked to explore a way of transforming such a heritage into an immersive experience for the user by using new technologies. Research was conducted in close collaboration with ALICE laboratory at EPFL, led by prof. Dieter Dietz, in charge of working on the physical dimension of the experience. The result, a 7x8m module containing no less than 1300 pieces of wood, opens new horizons by setting up a way in which digital formats allow you to travel amidst an almost infinite legacy, to cross decades, to evoke the ties between musicians and concerts and to access much more information. By combining architecture, interaction design and new technologies, the Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab showcases the power, richness and uniqueness of this particular digital content. The design research highlighted the importance of the relationship between the inside and the outside of the module, the transition between the real world and the virtual one, the influence of space on the relationship with such heritage and the possibility of enriching it with the participants’ experiences and memories sharing. Work around the screen was one of the main lines of development, exploring the spatiality of the visitor’ sound perception and the potential of incorporating her/his vision when exposed to the archives’ content. The final shape of the projection surface, curved in an innovative way, is inspired by trompe l’oeil techniques, so deeply mastered during the Baroque period.

team: Dieter Dietz, Olivier Ottevaere, Charlotte Erckrath, Lukas Lenherr, Tibo Smith, Christopher Tan, Alexander Hertel
labs: EPFL + ECAL LAB, ALICE, LEMA EPFL
photographs: Joël Tettamanti / ALICE Studio EPFL

MARAH
Bülach, 2010: Built

type: direct commision, 2 urban apartment houses 28 apartments
dates: project 2003, 2008-2009, construction 2009-2010
size: 3'000m2

 

These 2 houses situated in Buelach, a small town near Zurich, are in close proximity of the station. Near the catholic church and its facilities, the project continues the dialogue of precisely placed, solitary buildings with distinct character. The resulting interstitial spaces are part of an urban setting while expanding the interiors. The deep plan of the houses lead to particular apartments, generous in size and economic in realization.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Anna Ryf, Florentine Zelweger, Hanna Kronstrand, Martin Ulliana, Matthias Brücke, Nadine Kahnt, UNDEND
photographs: Roland Tännler

PARK ALTENRHEIN
Altenrhein, 2009: Competition

type: commercial, office, restaurant, car park

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Alexander Cartier, UNDEND

MARS
Winterthur, 2009: Competition

type: school building Büelrain

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, UNDEND

EVOLVER
Zermatt, 2009: Built

THIS IS AN ALICE EPFL PROJECT
type: ephemeral panoramic structure
size: 72m2
client: Zermatt Festival and Zermatt Tourismus

For more information consult http://alice.epfl.ch
Dieter Dietz is a professor and director of the ALICE laboratory at EPFL

 

Evolver is an inhabitable sculpture erected for the Zermatt Festival. As an architectural artifact, Evolver intervenes spatially on the panorama surrounding Zermatt and was designed and executed by a team of 2nd year architecture students from the ALICE studio at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

team: Ahmed Belkhodja, Augustin Clement, Nicolas Feihl, Olivier di Giambattista, Eveline Job, Martin Lepoutre, Samuel Maire, Benjamin Melly , Adrian Llewelyn Meredith, François Nantermod
teaching team: Dieter Dietz, Olivier Ottevaere, Daniel Pokora, Katia Ritz
photographs: Joel Tettamanti / ALICE Studio EPFL

HOLCIM
Holderbank, 2008: Competition

type: competence center: animation, office, headquarters, commercial

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Matthias Brücke, UNDEND

KEY
Zürich, 2008: Competition

type: residential and commercial development Kalkbreite

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, UNDEND
images: Deny Fousek

HAUS_H
Zürich, 2008: Built

type: direct commision private house
dates: project 2006-2007, construction 2007-2008
size: 450m2
client: private

 

A farmhouse from 1878 in the outskirts of Zürich that was destroyed in a fire caused by arson in the late eighties is at the origin of this project. The Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments demands that any new project has to follow the exact envelope outline of the former building. Given this situation we decided to also use the original typological disposition and to transform it towards new use. We interpreted barn, stable and former living quarters as separate units in an overall structure – now becoming office, house, open space and apartment. Structurally the new building follows a similar path. Traditional truss and beam carpentry is mixed with engineered hybrid steal and timber prefabrication technology. The primary structure – descending from the gable all the way downwards to the lawns – is interpreted as an open truss structure, which will take on several programs according to specific locations, performing as bench, stairs, parapet, canopy, shades, and as a roofing shelter. With wide spans and windows with proportions reminiscent of billboard advertisements on the same building from the 70ies, the building’s structural system engages the potential of contemporary timber constructions. For the façade we decided on a system of horizontal louvers varying in inclination and position, providing protection against weather and direct sunlight. In some locations the planking works additionally as a light filter intervening on the rooms’ atmosphere. In order to accentuate the overall presence of the house, the gradients of the louvers play on the proportions of the façade while emphasizing its independence as a tectonic element.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Anna Kathryn Schoefert, Guillaume Othenin-Girard, UNDEND
photographs: Roland Tännler

OVERFLOW
London, 2008: Built

THIS IS AN ALICE EPFL PROJECT
type: installation at London Festival of Architecture
client: London Festival of Architecture

For more information consult http://alice.epfl.ch
Dieter Dietz is a professor and director of the ALICE laboratory at EPFL

 

Overflow is a large-scale archi-tectonic artifact interacting with the tidal movements at the Thames River. It has been designed and erected by ALICE studio from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Conceived as a flexible post-tensioned polystyrene structure, fastened along the embankment handrail as a hinge, it is to pivot according to the tidal amplitudes in the Thames River. Overflow was originally designed for Tower Bridge Plaza. This site was strategically chosen in order to investigate how a natural force such as the tidal movement occurring in the Thames could be amplified and extended over the land in the form of a spatial screen continuously transforming the perception of the iconic London Sky-line and its presence from the plaza. This spatial structure behaves as a tectonic overflow, from water to land.  Although the Thames has largely influenced through times the development of the urban fabric of London, a personal and physical connection to the river is still restricted today by an imposing embankment. Indeed this buffer zone absorbs twice a day an almost unnoticeable level change of water of over six meters, mainly vertically along its retaining wall. The proposed installation attempts to first accentuate our awareness of this phenomenon and then transfer it into a physical experience expanding from a vertical to a horizontal spatial configuration over the embankment walkway. Overflow has been erected on the Southwark Walkway in front of Tate Modern. It has been assembled on June 18th and 19th and staged as an ephemeral event on June 20th/22nd. Overflow received the award for the best overall project and additionally the festival's 'signpost award'.

team: Monica Rita Basbouss Moukarzel, Malaïca Cimenti, Esteban Coto Chavarria, Nathalie Egli, Clio Gachoud, Loïc Jacot-Guillarmod, Minh-Luc Pham, Edouard Philippe, Christopher Tan, Sandro Tonietti, Andrès Tovar Nuez, Auguste Michaud
teaching team: Dieter Dietz, Olivier Ottevaere, Daniel Pokora, Marc Schmit
photographs: ALICE Studio EPFL

HAWA
Mettmenstetten, 2008: Competition

type: idea competition Grand Slam
size: 143'000m3
client: HAWA AG

 

Grand Slam is based on a space frame structure, which stands on a concrete base. The pedestal, designed as a tub, solves all of the foundation and high-lying ground water issues. The lattice is an extremely flexible, powerful, lightweight, and cost effective structure. The required spaces are "cut out" of the lattice structure, so that the grid remains intact as a supporting structure. The building height follows the growing topography and uses the maximum allowed height of 13.5m and 16.0m. The lattice is composed of slim double-profiles, respectively, in x-, y- and z-directions. The masses are 1.05mx 2.10m in plan and 1.05m in the vertical dimension. For quick and easy mounting as well as adjustability and expandability, the development of a plug-in system is conceivable. The large number of nodes and the small spans of the individual light elements give small loads on the individual parts. The forces are distributed on the whole system. The thermal barrier layer consists alternately of insulated steel sandwich elements and insulating glass. They are mounted from the inside of the lattice structure. On the outside, the space lattice is covered with a light-permeable and permanently weather protected PTFE envelope. The space between the thermal and the weather protection, with its light and shadow play, gives the facade a characteristic depth. This facade thickness would also create a natural ventilation system. With approximately 3700m2-5000m2 photovoltaic elements covering the roof could fullfill almost the entire electricity needs of the company.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Hanna Kronstrand, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

ANAPLASIS
Athens, 2007: Competition

type: two office and commercial buildings

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Guillaume Othenin-Girard, Hanna Kronstrand, Laura Baer, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

LEHRTERSTRASSE
Berlin, 2007: Competition

1st prize
type: 2 loft buildings in Berlin Moabit
size: 3'500 m2
client: Karin Sander, Ragna Robertsdottir, Petur Arason, Bernhard Thome, Svanur Kristbergsson
 

The site at Lehrterstrasse in Berlin- Moabit is a place of a former small factory and welcomes the visitor with charm. Peripheral walls give it a particular quality of partial interiority and the whole conglomerate retains the identity of a place with industrial character. The brick buildings from the turn of the last century are carefully proportioned and of very specific scale. Together they form a rhythmically structured outdoor space with urban qualities, paved with Berlin's typical cobble-stones. Industrial buildings normally follow two main principles: they provide flexible and economic space - in cities usually stacked on top of one another and linked through an efficient and again flexible vertical circulation-system. Secondly they speak of their times: they portray the vision of their owners, the entrepreneurs, institutions or firms that built them. In the early "loft-buildings" of Chicago in the 1870s, contemporary technology in the form of cast iron was combined with the idea of structure and ornament to form a new architecture for the urban industrial and economic growth (Sullivan). The façade, with its relevance for the city and the interiors of the buildings, became an envelope enclosing a purely utilitarian structure within. This layer, dividing inside and outside, condensed content regarding expression and functional need. Our design for new Studio Buildings at Lehrter-Straße are built on one element: a window, which engages today's technology and possibilities. Combining two floors into one window-element, it relates porportion of the sills to the neighboring brick buildings and hints at a horizontal disposition of the façade-design. At the same time the vertical is addressed as the windows are stacked on top of one another. This stacking engages the window as an individual element. As opposed to conventional glass façades, windows are clearly distinguished from their in-between. Pivoting their angle in plan, the reflections of the surroundings will be subtly facetted. Consequently, their disposition and their arrangement replace the idea of a structured surface following the rules of material, texture, ornament, technological limits or functional requirements. The windows consist of sliding wings of roughly three by four meters. Their system allows them to slide into any position along their tracks. Large portions of the façade can be opened, transforming indoor-space into large outdoor-loggias.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Hanna Kronstrand, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

BRN
Bern, 2007: In Process

type: 28 row houses, invited competition
dates: competition 2007, planning 2008-2009 / 2011, construction soon
size: 6'600 m2
client: Hans Widmer Management AG
 

A private investor commissioned AGPS Architects, Zurich in 2006 to come up with a particular competition procedure for a site in the periphery of Berne, Switzerland. The outcome was a unique setting: The site was divided into strips and 5 times 3 groups of invited architects worked on their schemes without knowing the outcome of the neighboring projects: A true urban ‘cadavre exquis’. As if drawing the head or the torso, each group received a particular characteristic to be included in their project. In our case it was a patio. Starting from traditional row house typologies with backhouses beyond a courtyard we decided to make this patio a bonus space not only in summer but also in winter: a large sliding horizontal window covers the space in the cold season, offering a winter garden that remains inhabitable throughout the year.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, UNDEND

FADEN
Graz, 2006: Competition

type: extension museum Joanneum, invited competition

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Anna Kathryn Schoefert, Hanna Kronstrand, Nadine Kahnt, Robert Ostmann, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

RAVEN
Bern, 2006: Competition

type: kunstmuseum Bern

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Caroline Pachoud, Nadine Kahnt, TUNDEND
images: Marc Droz

LISTE ANNEX
Basel, 2006: Built

type: direct commision, exhibition space for 10 galleries
dates: 2006
client: Liste, The Young Art Fair

 

This project commissioned by Liste / The Young Art Fair proposes a simple yet very effective approach: The main problem of tent structures, its inevitable interior heat production, is turned into a driving theme. The hot air below the membrane structure is channeled into three large chimneys and produces a natural draft. Thus the series of gallery spaces below are naturally supplied with cool air from outside. The innovative design assures a comfortable climate, also in the summer months. The structure has been mounted for the first time in 2006 and is being re-erected annually during the week of Art Basel. The chimneys, that echo the century old industrial architecture of the Warteck brewery, have themselves become a signpost for the young art fair – a new landmark associated with this event.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, UNDEND
photographs: Roland Tännler

VILLE
Bülach, 2005: Built

type: direct commision for gewerbe, büro, läden, fitness, behindertenwerkstatt, saisonnier-unterkunft
dates: 2005
size: 7'000m2

 

Eine ortsansässige Baufirma initiierte das Projekt mit dem Ziel, durch den Zusammenzug von Büroräumlichkeiten, Werkhof und Wagenpark an einen zentralen Ort, Synergien mit anderen Firmen aus dem baunahen Gewerbe zu generieren. Mit der räumlich direkten Anbindung an die bestehende Halle für Baustoffe und den weiter geschärften Bezügen zu Horizont und Topographie entsteht ein städtebauliches Ensemble von eigener Identität. Die wandähnliche Proportion des Gebäudes von knapp 10 Metern Breite, einer Länge von 110 Metern und einer Höhe von 21,5 Metern strukturiert den Aussenraum in eine Zugangsseite (weiss) und eine Werkhofseite (schwarz) mit ausladendem Vordach. Die innere Erschliessung erfolgt über einläufige, diagonal durch den Körper schneidende Treppen, welche mittels ihrer Kaskadenfluchten die extremen Proportionen des Gebäudes zum Erlebnis machen.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Adrian Heusser, Gina Agreiter, Marc Schmit, Marco Fabrizi, Michela Chiavi, Timothy Smith, UNDEND
photographs: Roland Tännler

SPECTRE
Granada, 2004: Competition

type: institute of literature
 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Adrian Heusser, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

SPARKS
Paris, 2004: Competition

type: pavilion for the 2012 Olympics

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Marius Gronning, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

OPHELIA
Schwerzenbach, 2003: Competition

type: residential development in Vieri

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Adrian Heusser, Alexander Cartier, Michela Chiavi, Timothy Smith, UNDEND

VIRIDIANA
Sevilla, 2003: Competition

type: market hall, museum, metro station

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Adrian Heusser, Alexander Cartier, Marius Gronning, UNDEND
images: Marc Droz

SUNA
Osaka, 2003: Competition

type: town planning for the northern Osaka station area

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Gina Agreiter, Timothy Smith, UNDEND

WAT
Zürich, 2002: Competition

type: school, gym, cafeteria

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Gina Agreiter, Markus Stocklein, UNDEND

FEWR
Basel, 2001: Competition

type: new dome / redesign Nachtigallenwäldeli

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Alexander Cartier, Markus Stöcklein, Silvio Köhle, UNDEND

EIE
Zürich, 2001: Competition

type: housing Bernerstrasse

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Dieter Vischer, Markus Stöcklein, UNDEND

ANNEX
Bülach, 2000: Built

type: double garage, driveway, landscaping

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Adrian Heusser, Hülya Capkin, Marco Fabrizi, Silvio Köhle, UNDEND
photographs: Roland Tännler

ECRAN
Zürich, 2000: Competition

type: school building with gym

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Christian Meili, Raffael Baur, Dieter Vischer, Adrian Heusser, Gunnar Thom, Hülya Capkin, Marco Fabrizi, Silvio Köhle, UNDEND

HALLE
Bülach, 2000: Built

type: direct commision for a warehouse
dates: project 1999, construction 2000
size: 2'000m2

 

When confronted with the brief for this project – an already defined layout for flows of building materials, cars, and lorries – and with a deadline very sportive for the European context, we had to opt for shortened planning process and directly link planning and construction in a digital chain. A drawing laid down the basic geometry and the rough layout of the project and was then directly transferred to 3d software to build up a virtual model. These data were transmitted to the steel construction company, who programmed the production machines based on these same data. While the basic geometry of warehouse and its outdoor spaces follow an interpretation of landscape elements and geometries of an earlier Roman settlements nearby, the superimposition of these spatial arrangements with the functional requirements of the user create an unexpected continuity between history and landscape. The construction photos show primary tectonics as decisive in the project development: the foundation walls stretch out to roof height and become space-defining elements. Break lines in these concrete walls record sections of the landscape. The second main element - the roof itself - is a 2000 m2 window to the sky. The steel structure crosses with wide spans the foundation shell and carries an extensive surface of iridescent panels. These illuminate the rooms below in ever-changing lighting scenes, which is the dominant characteristics of this spatial structure. In this light, shapes, colors, materials and tonalities start to merge. Concrete and steel are converging into a tactile and visual similarity.

team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Dieter Vischer, Marco Fabrizi, UNDEND
photographs: Roland Tännler

MAISON SORMUSTIN
Zürich, 1999: Built

type: interior for Maison Sormustin

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Silvio Köhle, UNDEND

PLUMIER
Neuchâtel, 1999: Competition

type: Expo01 feasibility study

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Raffael Baur, UNDEND

IUAV
Venezia, 1998: Competition

type: architecture university

 

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team: Dieter Dietz, Urs Egg, Raffael Baur, Caryl Syress, UNDEND

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