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…)

The Cities Connection Project at Architekturforum Zürich

The third edition of the CCP connects Zurich and Barcelona with two architecture exhibitions: Import Zurich. Cooperative housing: New Ways of Inhabiting (celebrated at COAC on October 2015) and Export BARCELONA. Social Housing in Urban Context, at Architekturforum Zürich during May 2016.

 

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Torre Júlia. Arch. Ricard Galiana, Sergi Pons, Pau Vidal © Adrià Goula

 

The Cities Connection Project (CCP) is a connector between cities and their architecture, created by architects Nicola Regusci and Xavier Bustos, with the aim of generating synergies between architects, cultural agents, governments and universities among European cities. Swiss city of Zurich, with its strong tradition of new models of cooperative housing, and Barcelona have been chosen for this year’s event.

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National Museum Zurich extension by Christ & Gantenbein

The shape, volume and materiality of the building proposed by the Swiss Architects contrast and dialogue with the existing museum by Gustav Gull, built in 1898. The new wing will allocate a library, gallery spaces and an auditorium for the National Museum, but will also create an enclosed garden for visitors.

 

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

 

The new wing of National Museum Zurich, designed by Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein, has been finally unveiled after over 4 years of works in the building.

The existing museum, which houses one of the largest collections of historical objects in Switzerland, will be provided with new, ample spaces in order to host events and activities: exhibition galleries, an auditorium and a library, enclosed in an angular, robust concrete building attached to the existing stone building from the late 19th century. (more…)