• Tag: swiss architects


    House in Balsthal by Pascal Flammer // Switzerland.

    3rd June

    To Switzerland, today, where outside the little town Balsthal stands this sweet cottage by Pascal Flammer. Looking at the photos, I can’t stop the walls and roof morphing into gingerbread. I’m starting design work on my own little house in the woods, so when I see a project like this, out comes the pen and I start taking notes.



    MRQT Menswear Boutique by ROK // Stuttgart, Germany.

    9th December

    Swiss architecture firm Rippmann Oesterle Knauss (ROK) recently completed the MRQT Stuttgart boutique. The stand-out feature of this streetwear store is a textured wall made up of 22,000 individual timber dowels. The minimal interior features white walls and a concrete floor to contrast with the feature wall. A range of clothing is hung on metal rails against the textured wall backdrop which references flowing fabric.



    2verandas by Gus Wüstemann // Zürich, Switzerland.

    12th June

    To Switzerland, today, to look at a wonderful (enormous) house on the northern shores of Lake Zürich by Gus Wüstemann Architects. The building comprises two houses – one of concrete, one of wood – at opposite ends of a large suburban plot. The design intent was to occupy the entire site and draw people through the garden by giving them a destination. I like this very much. The garden becomes somewhere to be, rather than something to look at. The residence (concrete) is up high. The pool house (timber) sits below. The former is a sort of glamorous bunker one can live in. The latter an airy rectilinear folly for outdoor braais on those long summer evenings of the northern hemisphere…



    Volkshaus Basel Bar and Brasserie by Herzog & de Meuron // Switzerland.

    7th June

    It’s not often I allow a “press release” do all the talking, but when the architects’ words are this good, you just have to go with it. Although, one would expect the project description provided by the (st)architects like Herzog & de Meuron to be shit hot. After all, they can afford to engage only the top-notchest of people (unlike yours truly, as you can see from exhibit A). Alas, enough of playing silly buggers. Let’s delve into the words of Herzog & de Meuron’s excellent copywriters…



    Old Chalet Refurbishment by Bergdorf & Nick Ruef // Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

    30th April

    Located in Interlaken in Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highlands) in Switzerland, this beautiful 200 year-old farmhouse dates back to early 1800s. In 1890, the property was turned into a country house. This year, the chalet was lovingly refurbished by Swiss design agency Bergdorf in collaboration with Berne-based architect Nick Ruef…



    Swiss Architectural Photographer Bruno Helbling.

    10th April

    Zürich-based photographer Bruno Helbling specialises in design, architecture and still life photography. He has worked with book and magazine editors, creative agencies and numerous other clients in Switzerland and worldwide. His portfolio is full of beautiful little gems, particularly the ones he has captured of homes designed by various Swiss architects…




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