HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY: a 240 square-metre public installation in Zurich

The installation was erected in less than 10 days, involving 200 first-year students who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland i to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure.

 

HOUSE 2 - COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -  Opfot.com

HOUSE 2 – COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -Opfot.com

 

HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY (www.countercity.ch) is a 240 square metre public architectural installation situated next to the Toni-Areal in Zurich. The project is based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) — a laboratory of EPFL led by Dieter Dietz.

Erected in less than 10 days, the project involved 200 first-year students, who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland in six shipping containers to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure. (more…)

“PISÉ. Tradition and Potential” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

In spite of the ubiquitousness and sustainability of earth construction, it remains in the shadows of our building practice, though it does have a long tradition, even on our latitude. This exhibition has made it its priority to reintroduce the european tradition of building with earth, and especially that of rammed earth buildings in France, as well as their influence on Switzerland.

 

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

 

This construction technique, also known as Pisé, has a history of over 2000 years in Europe. In the Rhônes Alpes region rammed earth buildings experienced their first golden age with the rapid growth of cities beginning in the middle of the 16th century. A second active building era followed in the 19th century in the age of the grand rural exodus and the housing shortages resulting from it. The linen trade brought with it the knowledge of rammed earth from France to Switzerland. In eastern Switzerland, various Pisé buildings were erected beginning in the 17th century. (more…)