Posts tagged as 'Switzerland'

Wed 20.6.

Plantahof Auditorium by Valerio Olgiati (CH)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 20.06.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Plantahof Auditorium by Valerio Olgiati; photo by Javier Miguel Verme

This sombre, monolithic auditorium located in Landquart District, Switzerland, was completed by a Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati in 2010. Encompassing a 270-square-meters hall with a capacity of more than one hundred seats, the anthracite concrete structure ‘stretches over the pillars and beams’ which are supported by abutments located outside of the building. (more…)

'Corniches' shelving system by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Inspired by an idea of ‘impromptu storage area,’ France’s famous design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have realised this versatile, customisable shelving system for the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. Available in three different sizes and in either high-gloss black, white or Japanese red, ‘Corniches’ ‘are neither regular shelves nor simple horizontal surfaces, but rather individual, isolated protrusions’ which can serve many purposes within practically any environment. The design was launched earlier this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan. (more…)

Kastanienbaum Twin Houses by Lussi + Halter Partner AG; photo © Leonardo Finotti

Earlier last year, a Swiss architectural practice Lussi + Halter Partner AG have completed this 618-square-meters semi-detached residence located near the city of Lucerne. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Lucerne and set among lush woodland area surrounded by oak, birch, chestnut and evergreen trees, the two-storey house features a dark grey concrete façade and an overhang while ‘continuous glass facade on the ground floor makes it possible for the inhabitants to enjoy a direct connection with their surroundings’. (more…)

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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Thu 15.3.

‘Kroon’ chandelier by Zmik (CH)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 15.03.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

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…)