Transformation into living space
The theme of the 15th Burgau Architecture Day on 21 May 2015 is the transformation of existing buildings into living space. In this context
Daniel Niggli tells about the conversion of Hammer agricultural estate in Cham. In the course of a continuous transformation process extending over a period
of 150 years the powerful orthogonal basic structure of this ensemble of buildings has always provided the basis for the successful integration of new
buildings. This was also the point from which the present conversion started. Roma-Forum, Industriestrasse 38, Burgau, from 10 am, on-line registration required.
Housing cooperatives – a mass phenomenon?
As part of the conference ‘Optimistic Suburbia’ Fabian Hörmann, associate with EM2N, is directing a research workshop on participatory processes in architecture at the
University of Lisbon. From Monday 18 until Friday 22 May 2015.
Lecture at PBSA Düsseldorf
Daniel Niggli talks about the Toni-Areal on Tuesday 21 April 2015 at 12 pm, together with Andreas Ruby. Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Japanhaus, Georg-Glock-Strasse 15, Düsseldorf.
Neufrankengasse apartment building as an example of the new development areas
The great demand for areas to build on in big cities means that even ‘difficult’ sites must be developed. With his presentation in the
framework of the Monday Discussion in Cologne, Daniel Niggli shows how a site with serious noise problems can be developed into urban space. With
the Neufrankengasse apartment building in Zurich a project was developed, which, although it nestles up against the dominant area of railway tracks in visual
terms, distances itself from them acoustically, and in this way offers living space of real quality. Lecture and panel discussion on 20 April 2015,
7.30 to 9.30 pm, Domforum, Domkloster 3, Cologne.
Work on building the new Heuried Sports Centre has just started
Demolition and excavation work for the redesigned Heuried Sports Centre in the middle of the city of Zurich has started. A new ice sports
hall that can be used throughout the year is planned. The outdoor swimming pool will be given additional areas for guests to lie in
the sun and a new water playground will be made for children. The opening of the ice sports hall is planned for autumn 2017;
the swimming complex is to be completed in spring 2018.
Lecture at Munich University of Applied Sciences
As part of the lecture series ‘here & there’ at Munich University of Applied Sciences Mathias Müller will talk about Transformations. On Thursday, 26
March at 7 pm in the University Aula, Karlstrasse 6, Munich.
Construction work on the new design university in Lucerne starts
In the new district known as the Viscosistadt in Emmen work on converting the five-storey ‘Building 745’ has started. Part of the Monosuisse legacy,
this strongly expressive building shapes the character of this former industrial site. In summer 2016 Lucerne School of Art and Design will move into
the converted rooms.
Making the Toni resound
How were the various spaces on the Toni-Areal, from the concert hall to the organ room, designed for sound? How did acoustic measures become
a determining architectural theme? The Swiss Baumuster-Centrale Zürich is organising a ‘brownbag lunch’ on these topics in the form of a discussion with Christof
Zollinger, associate with EM2N, and Martin Lachmann, acoustician with applied acoustics. Thursday, 19 March 2015, 12.15 to 1.30 pm, Weberstrasse 4, Zürich. Registration by
17 March to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Viewing of the apartment building amRietpark
On Saturday, 7 March 2015 there will be an opportunity to view the apartment building amRietpark on Building Lot C of the former Färbi
industrial site in Schlieren. The new district being created there will offer a balanced mix of housing, offices, commercial and leisure uses. From 1
to 4 pm, amRietpark, Schlieren.
Competition for the Haus der Gegenwart
In the competition for the new building for the Stapferhaus Lenzburg, the project ‘Bob’ achieved 2nd place. The future Haus der Gegenwart (House of
the Present) provides space for temporary exhibitions on present-day themes. The project by EM2N presented itself as an industrial building with the greatest possible
degree of flexibility in the interior. The public face is the large surface of the concave end facade, which serves as a screen that
can be redesigned for each exhibition. The volume of the building remains recognisable, but it changes its facade with every new exhibition. From 23
to 27 February and from 2 to 5 March the competition entries can be viewed in the rooms of Artoz Papier in Lenzburg.
Second place in the competition for the Zwicky Site
The project ‘The Dude, Walter and Donny’ was awarded 2nd place in the competition for building lots A6-A9 in the Zwicky Site in Wallisellen,
Switzerland. On the grounds of this old-established textiles factory a new, lively and urban district is to be created offering a variety of
living and work spaces and a district centre. On Friday 6 February (11 am to 1 pm) and from 9 to 12 February (11
am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm) the competition entries can be viewed in an exhibition in the ‘Wasserturm’ on the
AA Visiting School in Izmir
Izmir is the sixth and final destination for the AA Visiting School on the theme ‘Mittelmeerland’ (Mediterranean Country). In this context Mathias Müller will
participate as a speaker and visiting critic and on 7 February will give a talk about the transformation of existing buildings that provide a
positive impetus for the adjoining urban areas.
Metamorphoses of viaducts in European cities
At an international symposium to be held in Prague, Gerry Schwyter, associate with EM2N, will present the transformation of the viaduct arches in Zurich
as a contribution to the discussion about the metamorphosis of viaducts in European cities.
Zurich viaduct arches can be visitied in Paris
In the form of an architecture model the conversion of the viaduct arches in Zurich is being presented as part of the exhibition ‘How
many lives does a building have?’ in the Palais de Chaillot, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine in Paris. Together with 71 further projects
from Europe, this conversion is intended to represent transformation as an act of creation. It is being shown in the first of the three
exhibition phases, from 17 December 2014 to 2 March 2015.
Glatt! in Lausanne
The exhibition ‘Glatt! Manifesto for a City in Progress’ by the Architects’ Group Krokodil will be shown from 13 to 29 November 2014 in the Archizoom Space, EPFL in Lausanne.
Urbanism in Switzerland?
The 8th Architectural Conversation in Einsiedeln is devoted to the current state of urban planning in Switzerland, using as a starting point concrete urban
designs, competition entries, studies and projects. The understanding of urbanity implicit in each will be discussed. In addition an attempt will be made to
explore the role that architects can play in the design of our built environment. Daniel Niggli, EM2N, will take part. On 15 November 2014,
from 10 am in the Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln.
ARC AWARD for conversion into living space
The conversion of the former office building on Habsburgstrasse in Zürich to create an apartment building with 27 flats has been granted the ARC
AWARD 2014 in the category ‘Conversion into Living Space’. This Swiss architecture prize is awarded annually by the ‘Schweizer Baudokumentation’ and the architecture magazine
On Saturday 25 October from 5 pm to 2 am Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is celebrating its new campus as a ʻCreative
Cityʼ. For this public occasion the converted milk-processing building will be transformed into a pulsating city of creativity: with music, art, film, theatre, dance
and design. An opportunity not just to see the Toni-Areal, but also to experience it.
New center for the Stadt Glatt!
The exhibition ‘Glatt! Manifesto for an Emerging City’ by the Architects’ Group Krokodil presents possible solution strategies for the future urban development of the
Glatttal. It will be shown from 21 to 25 October 2014 in the Architekturforum in Zürich, together with the test planning for the ‘National
Innovation Park’ by the Zurich office Hosoya Schaefer. The opening, with an introduction by Andreas Sonderegger, a member of the Krokodil group, and Markus
Schaefer from the team Hosoya Schaefer, takes place on Monday, 20 October at 7 pm. Architekturforum Zürich, Brauerstrasse 16, Zürich.
Heuried Sports Centre can be built
The electorate has approved the loan for the Heuried Sports Centre in Zurich. This means that the project by EM2N for the new ice
sports hall with its large projecting roof can be erected from spring of next year. The planned completion date is autumn 2017.
Open Days in the Toni-Areal
On September 27 and 28, 2014 there will be an opportunity to view the newly opened campus in Zurich-West between 10 am and 6
pm (Saturday), and from 10 am to 4 pm (Sunday). During these two days the universities will present a highly diverse program of events
in the new rooms.
Opening of the Toni-Areal
The conversion of the former milk processing building into a location for education, culture and housing has been completed. As a new public and
cultural focal point in Zurich-West the Toni-Areal offers a generously-sized roof garden, a large concert hall, the Mehrspur music club and the Schaudepot (Open
Collections) of the Museum für Gestaltung and now combines educational facilities previously distributed in 35 separate locations under a single roof. In mid-September around
5,000 students, lecturers and staff will start the new university year there for the first time. Accordingly, on Friday, 12 September the new campus
will be officially opened by the education and building departments of Canton Zurich, by the two universities, ZHdK and ZHAW, and Allreal.
Nero wins second prize
In the competition for the new building for the Swiss Dance and Textile College at Wasserwerkstrasse 127A in Zurich the project ‘Nero’ by EM2N
won second place. All the competition entries can be viewed from 19 to 28 August 2014 in the exhibition space Tramonthalle, first floor entrance
18, Robert-Maillart-Strasse 18, 8050 Zürich-Oerlikon.
Completion and handover of the multi-generational apartment house in Bremgarten
The interdisciplinary Summer School focuses on the dynamics of making Amsterdam. For the opening on Saturday, 5 July 2014 at 4 pm in the
Pakhuis de Zwijger Daniel Niggli has been invited to share his experiences of the Summer Academy organized two years ago in Zurich by the
Architects Group Krokodil.
best architects 15 in gold
This year marked the ninth presentation of the ‘best architects’ awards. From 415 entries submitted the jury awarded prizes in different categories to a
total of 62 works and gave the project ‘Extension Herdern Railway Service Facility’ the label ‘best architects 15 in gold’.
What can Chur learn from the Glatttal City?
The exhibition ʻGlatt! Manifesto for a City in Progressʼ by the Architects Group Krokodil visits Chur from 5 to 18 June 2014 and shows
solution strategies for the future development of the Glatttal. In this framework Roger Boltshauser, a member of the Krokodil group, discusses with other guests
on Wednesday 11 June ‘What can Chur West learn from the Glatttal City?’. Rathaus Chur, Poststrasse 33, open Monday to Friday, 8 am to
12 midday and 1.30 to 5 pm, panel discussion at 7.30 pm.
Award 2014 für Marketing + Architektur
The conversion of the viaduct arches has been granted the ‘Award 2014 for Marketing + Architecture’ in the category ʻIndustrial and Commercial Spacesʼ. This
prize is awarded to firms, institutions, architects and clients that employ architecture as a marketing instrument in a meaningful and high quality way.
Between Autonomy and Dissolution
Lecture by UMWELT, office of practice and research on architecture and territorial design, founded 2011 in Santiago de Chile by Ignacio Garcia Partarrieu and
Arturo Scheidegger. Friday, 30 May 2014, 7 pm, Architekturforum Zürich, Brauerstrasse 16, Zurich. Organised by EM2N.
Architectures of knowledge in Paris
Mathias Müller has been invited to the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris. On 27 May 2014 at 8 pm he will report on the
conversion of the Toni Site for Zurich University of the Arts and Zurich University of Applied Sciences and also talk about other buildings by
EM2N. The lecture series ‘The Architectures of Knowledge’ in the CCS concentrates on buildings designed especially for teaching and research. Admission is free, reservation
New Swiss Architecture
Daniel Niggli takes part in the event ‘New Swiss Architecture’ at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture. On Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at
6 pm with a lecture given in the Egon Eiermann Lecture Theatre.
The Architects Group Krokodil presents its exhibition ‘Glatttal: Eine Stadt im Werden!’ in the framework of the annual program ‘Masterplan: Wer Macht’s?’ (The master
plan: who’s responsible for it?) in the Forum Architektur in Winterthur. Frank Zierau, architect from the Krokodil group, will give a short talk about
the project at the exhibition opening. Thursday, 8 May 2014, 7 pm. Location: Veranstaltungssaal, Amt für Städtebau Technikumstrasse 81, Winterthur.
Times of crisis force new solutions and demand adaptation processes. In a series of lectures the Maison de l’Architecture de Genève wishes to explore
which forms of architectural resilience are possible. In this framework Mathias Müller reports on EM2N’s strategy of a pragmatic and polarizing architecture. On 3
April 2014, 6.30 pm, in the Palais de l’Athénée, Rue de l’Athénée 2, Geneva.
EM2N in Mexico City
Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli are to give the opening lecture of the exhibition ‘Swiss Positions’, which is being held in the framework of
the MEXTRÓPOLI Festival in Mexico City. EM2N are represented in this worldwide travelling exhibition by their conversion project for the viaduct arches in
Zurich. The lecture will take place at 6 pm on 23 March 2014 in the Franz Mayer Museum, Hidalgo 45, Mexico City. The introduction
will be made by Dr. Peter Krieger, who will also chair the evening.
Daniel Niggli lectures in Chennai, India
On the occasion of the ‘Swiss Year of Architecture, Design and Engineering in India 2013–2014’ Daniel Niggli will give a lecture at Anna University,
College of Engineering, Guindy on Friday, March 7, 2014. TAG Auditorium, 6 pm, moderated by Dr. A. Srivathsan, senior deputy editor ‘The Hindu’.
Decision in favour of the Viscosi Town
The School of Design and Art is to move to the former Monosuisse industrial site in Emmenbrücke. Based on an urban planning study commissioned
from EM2N the intention is to develop a ‘Viscosi Town’ here in the future. The ‘Bau 745’ with a usable floor area of 10,500
m2, the first conversion on this former industrial site, will become the home of the university. This former production building and the park along
the river are to be completed by 2016.
Completion of Housing Bühlstrasse, Küsnacht
This residential building in Küsnacht, Switzerland, contains four dwelling units. The volume, located on a gentle slope, has a strikingly folded facade that reacts
to the special qualities of the topography, the need for privacy and the views. The external appearance is shaped by the dark-coloured concrete elements
and the generous areas of glazing on all sides that break up the building into bands and do justice to the spectacular setting.
The amRietpark project is forging ahead
The shell of the building on Site C of amRietpark in Schlieren has been completed. The projected completion date for this mixed use development with an area of around 39,150 m2 is spring 2015.
Fundamental terms of architecture
Daniel Niggli is to give a lecture at the TU Dortmund in the framework of the lecture series ‘Fundamental Terms of Architecture’. In the
context of the semester theme ‘RE:USE’ the special focus will be on conversion projects by EM2N. On 10 December, 2013 at 6 pm in
Campus Süd, Dorischer Saal.
What kind of technology for architecture?
The 7th Architectural Conversation in Einsiedeln revolves around the use of technology as a means of architecture, in both an expanded and original sense,
and examines the fundamental potential of technical inventions for architecture and urban design. On 23 November 2013, from 2 pm in the Stiftung Bibliothek
Werner Oechslin; Mathias Müller, EM2N will take part. Registration by email to: email@example.com
Viaduct arches win the ARC AWARD
The conversion of the viaduct arches in Zurich has received the ARC AWARD 2013 in the category ‘Conversion: Office, Commercial, Retail and Industrial Buildings’.
This Swiss architecture prize is awarded annually by the ‘Schweizer Baudokumentation’ and the specialist magazine ‘VISO’.
Dense Cities XL
In the framework of the lecture series ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, Fabian Hörmann, Associate at EM2N,
will report on the Glatttal Study. The lecture will take place at 1 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2013, Am Weissenhof 1, Hörsaal (Lecture
Theatre) Neubau 1.
Zurich’s viaduct arches on show in Seoul
The conversion of the viaduct arches, photographed by Roger Frei, forms part of the ‘Swiss Positions + Swiss Scales’ exhibition in the Korea
Foundation Cultural Center Gallery in Seoul. The exhibition, which opens on November 6 and will run until December 20, 2013, presents projects at four
different scales that illustrate the quality of Swiss architecture.
Visiting Hammergut courtyard ensemble
Saturday, November 9, 2013 is open day in the Hammergut in Cham. The total of eleven buildings, some of them conversions of old farm
estate buildings, others newly erected, house a total of 38 residential and commercial units. They can be visited between 2 pm and 5 pm.
One of Zurich’s longest facades is fitted in place
At Herdern service facility in Zurich-Altstetten the glass fibre-reinforced concrete elements with a three-dimensional effect are currently being mounted in position. With a length
of around 400 metres the south facade created as a result will be a prominent feature for those travelling past by train. Completion of
the building is planned for the end of this year.
The opening of the new Sedorama Headquarters
For three days, from 25 to 27 September 2013, the newly completed Sedorama Headquarters in Schönbühl near Bern will be open to the public.
In addition to the chance to see the building, visitors can avail of a guided tour of the new headquarters given by EM2N Architects.
A round of discussions will be held on trends and developments in architecture and on the new Sedorama building – also with the participation
of EM2N. Concerts and aperitifs round off the program for the opening days. Admission is free of charge.
The Glatttal Study visits Geneva
The Glatttal Study by the Architects Group Krokodil will be presented at the ‘Semaine de la Densité – Urbanité’ (week on the theme of
density – urbanity) in Geneva. The exhibition, which is open to the public from September 14 to 21, 2013 between 12 noon and 8
pm, will be held in the Pavillon Sicli, Route des Acacias 45. In addition, the study will also form part of a discussion about
how to build in an urban way on the periphery, which will take place at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 18.
Björn Rimner is a new associate at EM2N
Björn Rimner has worked for EM2N since autumn 2006. As junior associate he shares responsibility for the Toni Site project. Now, as an associate, he additionally joins the management of EM2N.
best architects 14 in gold
In this year’s competition the Neufrankengasse apartment building received a special honour given to only nine projects. It was awarded the label ‘best architects
14’ in gold. The completed Sedorama AG Headquarters was also granted a ‘best architects 14’ award.
First prize for the overall refurbishment of the UBS headquarters in Zurich
EM2N’s design for the complex of buildings on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich places a particular urban emphasis and opens this prominently positioned landmark building to
the general populace in the form of a spacious banking hall adjoined by a planted internal courtyard, a café and attractive shops at ground
floor level. Planned completion date for the construction work is mid-2017.
Construction work has started on the multi-generational apartment house
This second apartment house is being developed and built by DN2M Projektentwicklung AG at a central location in Bremgarten, Switzerland. Two of the light-flooded
single-storey apartments with terrace or balcony and garden are still for sale.
Lecture at the TU Berlin
Together with Jan and Tim Edler from realities:united Daniel Niggli will give a lecture at the TU Berlin. The talk will take place at
7 pm on Wednesday, 3 July 2013 in the Hermann-Rietschel-Institut, Marchstrasse 4, Room HL001. The contribution to the lecture series ‘Leib und Seele’ (‘Body
and Soul’) is under the title ‘Generator’ and deals with innovative contemporary forms of expression in art and architecture.
First prize for the ‘Medela’ production and administration complex
EM2N’s design for the new Swiss location of the Medela Company in Perlen emerged as winner of the competition. It consists of an operations
building, which is a compact conglomerate made up of four parts staggered in relation to each other that house storage, production, fabrication and logistics,
and an office building distinguished by its striking circular form.
EM2N Model visits Graz
The exhibition ‘Kultur:Stadt’ travels from the Akademie der Künste, Berlin to Austria. From 28 June to 13 October 2013, it can be viewed daily
(except Mondays) between 10 am and 5 pm in the Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1. The Kunsthaus Graz itself belongs to a series of striking
cultural buildings that function as new promoters of urban development. The exhibition includes the model of EM2N’s design for the Toni site.
EM2N in Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile
In the framework of the conference ‘Layering’ in Buenos Aires Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli are giving a lecture on Friday, 31 May 2013
at 7 pm in the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Montevideo Street 938. Afterwards, from 4 to 7 June, a workshop is being held in
Santiago de Chile for students of the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. The fundamental idea of the Collision City provides the basis for their
lecture and workshop. ‘Our architectural heritage is understood as material that can be transformed into something new. Such ‘material’ is present in architecture in
virtually inexhaustible quantities and is available as a kind of open source software.’
Book launch: Glatt! From Suburb to City?
This book edited by the Architects Group Krokodil and designed by EM2N tells the story of the International Summer Academy Zurich and in the
form of essays and statements, an encyclopedia, as well as the results of the individual studios, writes the next chapter in the history of
the virtual City of Glatt. Including contributions from Marc Angélil, André Bideau, Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein, Angelus Eisinger, Freek Persyn, Andreas Ruby and Markus
Schaefer. Book launch on Friday, 17 May 2013 at 6 pm in the ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering, Hall 180, Tössfeldstrasse
11 in Winterthur.
Second place for the administration building on the Paulaner site in Munich
EM2N together with Schweingruber Zulauf Landschaftsarchitekten have won 2nd place in the competition for the administration building on the Paulaner Brewery site. An attractive
new district for 3,000 residents is to be created on the nine-hectare site in the traditional urban district of Nockherberg. The brewery administration will
remain on the site and the empty ‘Zacherlbau’, a listed building, is to be converted to provide the office space required for it. As
regards the three other parts of the site, all of which will be developed with housing, and the urban planning study for the area
as a whole EM2N has reached the next round of the selection process.
Meeting in Brussels: Innovative housing project for Flanders
In the framework of an event initiated by The Flemish Government Architect’s Team, which presents measures and solutions to counteract the suburbanisation and fragmentation
of the northern part of Belgium, Daniel Niggli presents a number of reference projects, residential buildings in Zurich designed and built by EM2N. On
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 in the Flemish Parliament, ‘De Schelp’ Hall, Hertogsstraat 6 in Brussels.
Housing Rue Rebière
The two residential buildings, remarkable for their acute angled shape and a horizontal striped facade are completed. This EM2N project along a cemetry wall
is part of the ‘Aménagement de la Porte Pouchet’ in the 17th Arrondissement in Paris.
Completion of the first phase
The first phase of the Swiss Film Archive in Penthaz has been completed. This includes the front section comprising the puclic areas and the
archive itself which is located below ground. The second phase of construction starts in June 2013.
Robust plinth with generously dimensioned city terrace and delicate hovering roof achieves a high ranking
EM2N’s design for the new ice hockey and volleyball arena in Zürich-Altstetten won fourth prize. The competition project ‘MEXTLI’ can be viewed from 14
to 28 March 2013 in the exhibition space on the lower ground floor of Oerlikon Hallenbad at Wallisellenstrasse 100 in Zurich.
Swiss Positions – lecture and exhibition
The travelling exhibition ‘Swiss Positions: 33 takes on sustainable approaches to building’, organised by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, presents 33 key projects
from the Swiss construction sector over the past twenty years. In the framework of the opening in Prague, Mathias Müller will hold a lecture
on Thursday, 7 March 2013 at 7 pm in the Bethlehem Chapel. Selected photographs of EM2N’s Refurbishment of the Viaduct Arches are on show
in the exhibition from 7 March to 14 April 2013 in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery.
The Toni Site forms part of the exhibition Culture:City in Berlin
In the exhibition ‘Kultur:Stadt’, which runs from 15 March to 26 May 2013, the Berlin Akademie der Künste presents selected international culture buildings in
the form of plans, photographs, models and films. The show examines the relationship between culture and the city. Among the projects on display is
the 2.4 metre long model of the Toni Site, EM2N’s conversion of the former milk factory into Zurich University of the Arts and Applied
Sciences. Complementing this exhibition Daniel Niggli will give a lecture on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at 7 pm in the Studio of the Akademie
der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10 in Berlin.
Construction work starts on the ‘amRietpark’ project
Construction of the building structure has started on plot C of the project ‘amRietpark’ in Schlieren, Switzerland. The building measuring 39‘150 m2 floor area
is sheduled to be completed in 2015. This project is part of an urban planning scheme by Galli Rudolf Architects for the former ‘Färbi’
factory site. It adjoins EM2N’s urban planning scheme for the former ‘Geistlich’ factory site. A combined park will connect both sites with the surrounding
areas. Additionally a mix of housing, commercial and office spaces will shape the character of this newly built district.
A new building has been completed between the inner city and an expansive area of railway tracks. Site visit on Saturday, January 19, 2013
from 2 to 5 pm on Neufrankengasse / Langstrasse 151 in Zurich.
The ROSHEN Confectionery Corporation gets a new headquarters
EM2N is working together with local partner Zotov & Co Ltd. on the design of an administration building in Ukraine for one of Europe’s
largest manufacturers of confectionery products. The planned new building with a floor area of around 5300 m2 relates contextually to a historically developed factory
site from the 1870s on the periphery of Kiev’s old town.
Launch of sales of the multi-generational apartment house
Starting from now eight light-flooded, single-storey apartments with balconies and terraces, as well as maisonettes with internal light-wells and their own gardens are for
sale. This second apartment house is being developed and built by DN2M Projektentwicklung AG at a central location in Bremgarten, Switzerland.
Toni Site: the building shell has reached the 23rd storey
The traditional topping-out ceremony on Friday, September 7, 2012 marked the completion of the approximately 70-metre-tall building shell. From next summer the new campus
on the site of the former Toni milk-processing factory will, alongside 100 apartments and public culture and events areas, accommodate various departments of Zurich
University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
3 x best architects 13
In this year’s competition the three completed projects ‘Keystone Office Building, Prague’, ‘Culture and Congress Centre, Thun’ and ‘Refurbishment Viaduct Arches, Zurich’ were awarded
with the label ‘best architects 13’.
‘From Suburb to City’ is about to start
The International Summer Academy Zurich takes place from 22 July to 5 August 2012. Significant issues concerning the integration of existing structures, the creation
of identity, inner-city public space, new infrastructure and transport systems will be addressed. From Monday to Friday from 6.30 pm the ten studios will
be accompanied by a broad range of public lectures and discussion forums. The speakers include Marc Angélil, André Bideau, Alexandre Chemetoff, Emanuel Christ &
Christoph Gantenbein, Roger Diener, Angelus Eisinger, Jan Edler, Martin Heller, Freek Persyn, Marcel Meili and Andreas Ruby.
New headquarters and architectural eye-catcher in Schönbühl
The ceremony of laying the foundation stone marked the start of construction for the new headquarters for Sedorama AG, a supplier of chairs, tables
and functional furniture, in the Swiss region known as Espace Mittelland at the gates of Berne. The building includes a showroom, warehouse, dispatch area
and workshop. On both its long sides it is slightly concave, while inside visitors receive a surprise in the form of a full-height stepped
spatial cascade. They are led through the exhibition across internal terraces and connecting staircases that offer a variety of views outside as well as
complete overviews of the exhibits and their presentation in space.
A big, hovering roof – first prize for the design of Heuried Sports Centre, new Ice Sport Hall
The newly conceived sports centre in the district of Wiedikon in Zurich boasts an ice sport hall, outdoor ice rinks, open-air swimming pools, as
well as servant and public spaces. The compact building volume can be read as a tripartite vertical sequence consisting of a concrete plinth, timber
structure and storey-high band of glazing. A widely projecting roof crowns the volume that lightens and dissolves as it rises upwards. In the interior
the robust nature of the structure and the surfaces is complemented by the clarity and generosity of the spaces and spatial relationships. The ‘MAOAM’
project can be viewed in the Tramonthalle exhibition space in Zurich from 25 May to 3 June 2012.
AIT Award 2012: First Prize for EM2N’s Refurbishment of the Viaduct Arches
From a selection of 1546 projects submitted from 42 different countries, the Refurbishment of the Viaduct Arches is awarded first prize in the category
‘Conversion’ by the ‘AIT Award – Global Award for the very best in Interior and Architecture 2012’.
A new building in Prague
The individual sloping of the crystal-like facade of the Keystone Office Building constructed from semi-glossy aluminium panels and glas, is capable of capturing and
reflecting the light and colours from its surroundings and bears a reference to the Czech Cubism. This recently completed building, located at the border
of Karlín’s historically developed area at the corner of Pobřežni Street and Šaldova Street in Prague, Czech Republic offers in addition to office space
about 750 square metres of retail space and parking places on three basement levels.
Remarkable construction pit of the Housing Riedpark
A start was made for the second phase of the Riedpark housing development in Zug, Switzerland.
‘Alex’ on construction plot A is awarded first prize
EM2N won first prize with their design for an elongated building that contains cooperative housing and commercial spaces and establishes a sense of identity
on the GREENCITY site at Zurich’s southern periphery. On account of the exposed location between the railway tracks and a road the individual apartments
are connected to the communal space and the large roof garden adjoining it by means of what is called a ‘street in the air’.
The garden, the staircases, laundries and communal rooms as well as flexible interstitial spaces that allow a variety of uses are combined to create
a collective spatial figure.
EM2N designs a multi-generational apartment house
This new housing project comprises eight, light-flooded, single-storey apartments with balconies and terraces, as well as maisonettes with internal light-wells and their own gardens.
This new apartment building is being developed and built by DN2M Projektentwicklung AG at a central location in Bremgarten, Switzerland, that offers excellent transport
connections and expansive views across the River Reuss. Scheduled completion date is summer 2014.
Extension to Bündner Kunstmuseum: EM2N wins second prize
The expressively incised building form and the sculpturally dramatic gesture of the new entrance building by EM2N declare it to be an autarchic building
in the urban context. The open transparent space of the ground floor establishes a direct relationship to the surrounding garden and to the historic
neighbouring buildings, in addition to which a level for visiting exhibitions without any internal columns provides maximum interior flexibility. From April 3 to 29,
2012 the project ‘Hyllis’ is being shown in the Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Zurich’s longest hall
For the maintenance of the new double-decker, long-distance rail fleet of the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) a start was made on Friday, 16 March
2012 with the construction of a new, 420-metre-long service facility that will have a 4000-square-metre photovoltaic array on its roof. The south facade that
stands on the threshold between the city and the railway tracks is passed by hundreds of trains daily and presents itself as a three-dimensional
relief made of fibre cement. Commencement of operations at the facility is planned for the end of 2013.
Lecture and discussion: Internal urbanism as a conceptual emphasis in the œuvre of EM2N
In the framework of discussion series ‘ARCH+ features’ and the publication of the latest issue of ARCH+ 205 Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli together
with architecture theorist Stephan Trüby talk about the conceptual focus of the ‘internal urbanism’ and the ‘aesthetics of appropriation’ that they employ as architectural
strategies in their work. The focus here is on the Toni-Areal currently under construction. On Thursday, 15 March 2012 at 7 pm in the
Vortragssaal of the ZHdK, Ausstellungsstrasse 60 in Zurich.
Learning from Tokyo – exhibition and symposium
In the framework of the exhibition that showcases small scale housing projects by young, creative architecture offices in Japan, EM2N participates in the symposium
on Saturday, March 10, 2012, 2.30 to 4.30 pm at the Architekturforum Zürich. The exhibition and the symposium focus on the potential of the
comparison of strategies and solutions from Tokyo and Zurich to produce spaces and places which are meaningful, enjoyable and sustainable and yet more dense
and diverse than what we are used to today.
The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia
In a field of tension defined by the model’s function as a tool, fetish or a small utopia around 200 exhibits are paid tribute
in a show that presents them as a medium for illustration and design and includes a Plexiglas concept model of the new Toni Site
in Zurich. The use of this transparent material means that, unlike in a conventional model, both inside and outside are equally visible. The exhibition
runs from 25 May to 16 September 2012 in DAM, Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main.
The arrows at the Hardbrücke
Graphic signs that form part of our everyday lives, such as the newly interpreted arrow symbols used at Hardbrücke station, become part of our
collective memory and make a lasting impact on visual culture. Photographs and selected materials from the design process of upgrading Hardbrücke railway station in
Zurich are on show in the exhibition ‘100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design’ from 10 February to 3 June 2012 in the Museum für
GREENCITY Zürich Süd: EM2N is among the front runners
The forward-looking urban district GREENCITY is to be developed and carried out on the Sihl-Manegg site in Zürich Süd under the guiding theme ‘Industrial
Past – Urban Future’. In the project competition for the first three building sites on which co-operatives plan to erect housing, the EM2N project
‘Guido, Alex & Vic’ was awarded first prize ex aequo for building site A and a third prize for building site B3S.
The new year brings changes
On January 10, 2012, at 10.01 am, the new EM2N website has been released!
EM2N win study commission for a new urban district
Both Monosuisse and the community of Emmen are convinced by the winner of the first prize, the project ‘Paestum’. It shows how an urban
district can be developed on the 90’000 m2 industrial site in Emmenbrücke, Switzerland, where, alongside Monosuisse, space is also provided for businesses, offices, apartments,
education and culture. The industrial character and the green areas of parkland beside the water will give this urban district an interesting and highly
individual note. A series of visualizations of this new district is included in the online article of the Neue Luzerner Zeitung.
Facade finally mounted
The facade of the Keystone Office Building in Prague is finally mounted. Completion is scheduled for spring 2012.
Topping-out ceremony at the Swiss Film Archive
The topping-out ceremony took place on November 24, 2011 at the Swiss Film Archive in Penthaz. The continuous construction progress can be followed on
the website of the Cinémathèque (Swiss Film Archive) all around the clock.
International Summer Academy
The two-week-long International Summer Academy Zurich, from July 22 – August 5, 2012, is directed at students and those embarking upon their professional careers
in the areas of architecture / urban planning and landscape architecture from Switzerland and abroad. The vision ‘Glatt – the City‘ produced by the
Architects Group Krokodil for a new city near Zurich provides the conceptual basis. The application period starts on January 20, 2012.
EM2N in ‘Architecture Dialogues – Positions Concepts Visions’
In ‘Architecture Dialogues’, nine interviewers talk with 30 leading Swiss architects about guiding themes, directions and perspectives in their theoretical explorations and building projects.
Niggli Verlag, 628 pages, CHF 78.-, ISBN 978-3-7212-0801-6 (German edition), ISBN 978-3-7212-0801-3 (English edition).
Symposium at the TU Munich
Daniel Niggli takes part in the symposium ‘Im Herzen der Stadt’ (‘In the Heart of the City’) on November 18, 2011, at 3.50 pm,
TU Munich, Germany. What is the city in which we live today and wish to live in the future, and what could it be?
What must urban spaces and urban architecture provide so that they are perceived as contributions that reflect the culture of their times and benefit
everyday life? (Chair for Integrated Construction, TU Munich)
Sofia Architecture Week 2011
Mathias Müller gives a lecture during Sofia Architecture Week 2011 on November 5, 2011, 6.30 – 7.30 pm at Perform Business Center Sofia, Bulgaria.
This year’s theme is ‘Architecture Unlimited?’. Sometimes architecture alone is not enough and the solutions needed are beyond its capabilities. The festival investigates the
transformative power of architecture and analyses its abilities to extend boundaries.
11th Brunel Awards 2011 – commendation for the Viaduct Arches
The prestigious Brunel Awards are presented to a number of the best projects in railway architecture, graphics, industrial design and art, technical infrastructure and
environmental integration, rolling stock, as well as examples of overall design quality across the world’s railways. Following the 2008 Award for the upgrading of
Hardbrücke Railway Station, this year EM2N receives a second commendation for its Viaduct Arches project.
EM2N takes part in Architecture Week Prague 2011
The model of the Keystone Office Building can be seen at the exhibition Arch Cities from October 10 – 23, which is shown in
the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne in Prague Castle in Czech Republic. The exhibition is accompanied by lectures in Balling's hall in the
National Technical Library. The lectures given include one by Gerry Schwyter, associate of EM2N, on October 19 at 8 pm.
IM VIADUKT – City of Zurich award for good buildings and public’s prize
This year the City of Zurich awards its prize for good buildings for the 16th time. The Viaduct Arches are one of the 11
winning projects. The citizens of Zurich also found this project, known as IM VIADUKT, the most convincing project – and so this year the
prize determined by the public went to EM2N’s conversion of the railway arches. In assessing the entries the jury applied the following criteria: level
of integration in the urban plan, quality of architecture and construction and level of innovation. The projects are being shown in the Museum für
Gestaltung Zürich from September 30 to October 9, 2011.
Panel discussion on the Glatttalstadt
Panel discussion with Mathias Müller and Raphael Frei from the Architects Group Krokodil about the Glatttal city and premiere of the film ‘Glatt –
the City’ at 7.30 pm, September 23, 2011, in the Mehrzweckhalle Schwerzenbach, Switzerland.
Glatt – the City
The Architects Group ‘Krokodil’ and Chris Niemeyer from Plan B celebrate their first film. In the framework of the event ‘Alles muss weg! 9
Tage urbaner Ausverkauf’ (Everything must go! Nine-day-long urban sale) in Schiffbau Zurich. Lecture and film presentation by Daniel Niggli and Frank Zierau. At 2
pm on September 24, 2011.
Exhibition ‘Hochhaus – Wunsch und Wirklichkeit’
A model of the Toni Site at a scale of 1:100 is on display in the exhibition ‘Hochhaus – Wunsch und Wirklichkeit’ from August 31, 2011 to January 2, 2012 in the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich.
Start of construction on Neufrankengasse in Zurich
The five-storey new building that stands directly beside the railway tracks contains 29 condominiums ranging in size from 2.5 to 5.5 rooms, each one
has a special geometry and, in some cases, extra-high rooms. Scheduled completion: end of 2012.
Keystone Office Building Prague
Finalisation of the concrete shell. Completion is scheduled for the beginning of next year. This new building has shops and showrooms on the ground
floor with office spaces on the 1st – 7th floor. It forms a kind of gateway situation at a prominent location in Karlín, a
district of Prague, Czech Republic, currently undergoing rapid change, at the corner of Pobrežni Street and Saldova Street.
Start of construction in Hammergut
The excavators have started work on the Hammer farmstead in Cham, Switzerland. This marks a new chapter in the history of this 150-year old
farmstead that was previously used for agricultural purposes. The aim is to create an ensemble with a dense atmosphere, in which old and new
buildings can coexist – the typology of the buildings reinterprets the existing fabric and develops it further. The intention is that a lively mix
of space for living and working will remain the trademark of the Hammergut.
Successful defence of title
EM2N wins the Zurich Architects Football Tournament once again. “Since the holding of the first Zurich Architects Football Tournament no other team has successfully
defended the title in the following year …” (Architekturforum Zürich)
Musée Cantonale de Beaux-Arts in Lausanne
EM2N wins 4th place in the competition for the new Musée Cantonale de Beaux-Arts (MCBA) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Competition project for University Campus in Muttenz
Honorable mention for the project ‘Albert’ by EM2N in the competition for the new building at the Campus in Muttenz, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW.
EM2N present their work at an exhibition of the CANactions International Youth Architecture Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, from 28 April to 30 May 2011.
CANactions provides young architects and architecture students with a platform for communication and sharing their ideas.
Symposium: ‘Europa wohnt’. May 21, 2011
In the context of the Architektursommer (Architecture Summer) Rhein-Main 2011 EM2N speak in the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany about their projects and about current tendencies
in the area of new housing. The symposium is intended to show “how diverse and innovative the everyday building commission ‘housing’ can actually be,
how ambitiously it is carried out and the impact it has on the culture of building in Europe” (Architektursommer Rhein-Main).
Symposium: ‘Ground Floor Interface’. May 20, 2011
Daniel Niggli and Mathias Müller take part at Symposium ‘Ground Floor Interface’ at the Technische Universität, Munich. The conference addresses the threshold of public
and private at ground level, where the ‘parterre’ adjoins the public, semi-public and private spheres. The hypothesis is that the conflicts between public and
private interests, apparent within the ground floor zone, could generate processes that might lead to innovative solutions for individual spatial requirements.
Mock-up of Keystone Office Building in Prague
Completion of the housing project ‘Im Forster’
Open day at ‘Im Forster’ in Zurich-Fluntern, Switzerland, on May 7, 2011 from 2 to 5 pm. The residential building ‘Gärnterei’ is one of
three new buildings in this former park and is the result of a study carried out by EM2N for the redesign of the site.
The outcome is an ensemble of buildings that are differentiated in both typological and morphological terms, and are oriented on the scale of the
landscape and the moods of the park.
Open day at the Culture and Congress Centre in Thun
On Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 10 am to 17 pm on Seestrasse 68 in Thun, Switzerland.
Laying of the foundation stone for the Swiss Film Archive
The foundation stone for the extension to the Cinémathèque Suisse in Penthaz has been laid. This represents the first construction phase. The 2nd phase
starts in 2013; the official opening is planned for 2015. On the website of the Cinémathèque you can follow what is happening on the
building site all around the clock.
Site visit to Riedpark in Zug
The first phase of the Riedpark housing development in Zug, Switzerland, has been completed. Visit on Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 5 to 7
pm. A project in collaboration with Müller Sigrist Architects.
Focus, DRS 3
Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli are guests in the programme ‘Focus’ on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 8 to 9 pm on Radio DRS3.
Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2011
National award of the SIA (Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects) ‘Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2011’: EM2N’s IM VIADUKT project, the conversion of
a railway viaduct in an industrial district of Zurich, receives an honorable mention.
Planning application for the International Centre for Competitive and Popular Sports
Former tennis champion Pete Sampras presents the planning application for the ‘International Centre for Competitive and Popular Sports IZLB’ to the City of Winterthur.
Study ‘Dukta’ in collaboration with the ZHdK. Mock-Up 1:1
Support for the IZLB in Winterthur
The Swiss Ice Hockey Association has spoken out in favour of a training centre in the ‘International Centre for Competitive and Popular Sports IZLB’ in Winterthur, Switzerland.
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Riedpark housing development – the final spurt of the 1st phase
Plan for the ‘City in the Glatttal in 2060’
Where is Zurich growing most rapidly? Probably in the Glattal! Is the result of this growth a ‘Glatttal city’? Hardly, if one simply allows
things to happen. There must be an expressed desire for a city – and it must be designed. The Architects Group Krokodil postulates a
change of paradigms in the Glatttal and draws up the plan for the ‘City in Glatttal in the year 2060’ (intermediate state).
Radical vision of a large city
The Architects Group Krokodil shows the ‘radical vision’ of a large city in the Glatttal. Contribution to the programme ‘Schweiz Aktuell’, shown on Swiss television on January 20, 2011.
Glatttal Study published in ‘Hochparterre’
The Glatttal Study by the Architects Group Krokodil is published in the January / February 2011 issue of ‘Hochparterre’.
Glatttal Study at an urban planning discussion
Large city in the Glatttal: Hochparterre and the Architects Group Krokodil issue an invitation to an urban planning discussion on January 31, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm in the Glatt shopping centre.