Portrait EM2N

We aim to produce architecture that is powerful and personal, architecture with the capability of developing its own character. As a result our projects may polarize the public, which is fine with us. One may love or hate our architecture, but one should never be left indifferent.

As post-idealistic children of the 1968-generation, we do not recognise a single great truth, but find in the fractures of real­ity a ground in which to anchor architecture. This is the radicalism that we derived from Venturi’s ‘both-and’ principle. But both-and should not be mistaken as being arbitrary or indecisive. Behind and within it lies the problematic recognition of equitable values, and a longing for an architecture that renounces all dogma, opening itself to the freedom of possibility.

EM2N with Mathias Müller (*1966) and Daniel Niggli (*1970) has 70 collaborators working on construction and competition projects in Switzerland and abroad. In addition

to a number of awards including ‘bestarchitects’, ‘Umsicht-Regards-Sguardi’, the ‘Auszeichnung Guter Bauten’ from the City of Zurich, the Canton of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, they

received the ‘Swiss Art Award’ in Architecture. Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli were visiting professors at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne,

as well as in Zurich. Daniel Niggli is a member of the construction commitees in Berlin (2008–12) and Zurich (2010–14).


Their important recent construction projects include the Culture and Congress Centre Thun (2011), ‘Im Viadukt’ – Refurbishment of the Viaduct Arches in Zurich (2010),

the Hotel City Garden in Zug (2009) and the expansion of the Public Record Office Basel-Landschaft in Liestal (2007). Planning and construction work has

started on, among other projects, the new campus for the University of Applied Sciences and Arts at the Toni Site in Zurich (since 2006),

the Swiss Film Archive in Penthaz (since 2007) as well as buildings in Ordos, Paris and Prague.


EM2N is managed by Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli together with their associates Bernd Druffel (*1972), Fabian Hörmann (*1978), Björn Rimner (*1978), Gerry Schwyter

(*1975) and Christof Zollinger (*1973).


EM2N | Mathias Müller | Daniel Niggli
Architekten AG | ETH | SIA | BSA
Josefstrasse 92
CH–8005 Zürich


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