Detail of Burri's Landi bench materialised in Natwood
Wood in the Public Space – an Exciting Challenge: we identify a city based on its buildings, its landscape architecture, and its density – however, it is above all the city furniture that makes a cityscape unique and distinctive.
City furniture must have a timeless design, be extremely resistant, and above all must stay beautiful for a long time at minimum maintenance. The life cycle costs of a city infrastructure are an important factor for investment decisions. With wood especially, there may be long-term problems caused by standing water or moss which damages the surface and adversely affects aesthetics, safety and user comfort. This means that life cycle costs could be significantly reduced if these weaknesses could be eliminated without a coating while at the same time substantially increasing durability.
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Disassembled 'Kroon' chandelier by Zmik; photo courtesy of the designers
A Swiss multidisciplinary design studio Zmik have reinterpreted the form and, to some extent, function of an ordinary industrial working light by combining it with high-gloss polished chrome elements in this stellate-shaped chandelier. Incorporating the increasingly-popular LED technology, ‘Kroon’ exists in two different sizes and the light has just been shortlisted by Philippe Starck as one of the 10 finalists for the Frame Moooi Award 2012. (more…)
Townhouse Horgen by moos. giuliani. herrmann. architekten. photo by: Beat Bühler
Boasting panoramic views across the Lake of Zurich, this generous, four-storey family residence has recently been completed by a Swiss architectural practice moos. giuliani. herrmann. architekten.. Located near Zurich, in a small town of Horgen, the minimalist, 260-square-meters townhouse comprises a studio, two bedrooms, master bedroom, dressing room, dining room, kitchen, living room with fireplace, roof terrace, showers, bathroom, double garage with driveway, patio and air-conditioned wine cellar. (more…)
janus_Extension by :mlzd; photo by Dominique Marc Wehrli
A Swiss architectural practice :mlzd have melded the past with the present by inserting this striking, futuristic-looking extension amidst two, preexisting museum buildings which date back to the late thirteenth century. Located near Lake Zürich, in a picturesque town of Rapperswil-Jona, the multifaceted, perforated brass clad extension provides not only an eye-catching addition to the otherwise conventional-looking museum but also brings it up to date thanks to a number of additional modern facilities such as a new main entrance with a disabled access and a further 170-square-meters of minimalist interior which can serve several functions. (more…)
'Hangover_no.1' pendant light by stockwerk3
Swiss design studio stockwerk3 have created this customisable aluminium pendant light whose form can be easily modified by repositioning of its elements. In total, five various configurations can be achieved and the minimalist ‘Hangover_no.1′ is produced in Switzerland. (more…)
Swissbau 2012, as seen by Architonic
Join us on our photographic journey through the exhibition halls of this year’s edition of Swissbau which took place in Basel, Switzerland on 21 – 25. January. In the following five parts of Architonic’s ever-insightful photo tour, we have published no less than 500 images featuring some of the best manufacturers and the novelties they presented at this year’s edition of Swissbau.
to Architonic’s tour of Swissbau 2012, Part 1
including Alape, Alegna, Antoliniluigi, AOS, Apavisa, Arbonia, Argolite, Arwa, Astec, Atlas Holz, Attika, Axor Hansgrohe, Bauwerk, Berger Metallbau, Casa dolce casa, Cinier, Columbus Treppen, Cosentino, Creaton, Dauphin, Delta Tueren, Eclisse, Eternit, Gaulhofer, Hagemeister
to Architonic’s tour of Swissbau 2012, Part 2
including Bruag, Bulthaup, Dinesen, Buzzispace, Caimi Brevetti, Dornbracht, Duka, Duravit, Embru, Emco, Feller, Forbo, Forster, FSB, Galvolux, Geberit, Gessi, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Inda, Kaldewei, Keuco, Laufen, Schaerholzbau, Schmidlin, Talsee, Tece
'Staccato' shelving unit by Atelier Oï for Röthlisberger
The multidisciplinary design practice Atelier Oï has recently realised this cleverly-constructed, natural solid ash shelving unit for the Swiss furniture manufacturer Röthlisberger. Composed of multiple interlocking shelfs, the rhythmic, multigrid structure of ‘Staccato’ is ideal for large format books as well as smaller volumes and decorative items while the unit itself can also function as a functional room divider which can be extended in endless combinations.
Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals in Graubunden, Switzerland, 1996; photo by Helene Binet
Earlier this week, we have come across yet another highly-interesting podcast, this time from World Radio Switzerland’s Swiss By Design series. In this 17-minutes-long episode, award-winning
broadcaster and journalist Jennifer Davies meets the celebrated architect and 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Peter Zumthor who tells her about his spa complex in Vals, how becoming an architect was a ‘big escape to get away’ from his father and why the ‘the smell of the earth of the area’ plays an important role while designing a building.
listen to the ‘Swiss By Design: Architectural delights’ podcast