AFGH Architects is a Zurich-based architecture firm formed under Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler in 1995. Known for their minimal usage in materials, AFGH has since then established a solid foundation for future projects. Like a bird nest floating above the mirror-like water surface of Lake Rotsee in Switzerland, the 11-meter high lookout was recently completed as the first portion of AFGH’s winning proposal for the new Rotsee Rowing Club. With its functional time being only three weeks per year, this wooden structure was designed to be adaptive with time, with sliding and pivoting shades. They unify the exterior and interior when open, bringing in the views of the beautiful surroundings and out the cleanliness of the space. The entire design is rested on concrete pillars and connected to the inland with a timber dock. From the facades to the structures, everything weaves together harmoniously to form a beautiful cocoon that gives itself to nature every once in a while. Even though the OSB wood interior might seem sterile now, there are many furnishes to be added in the near future. Afterwards, I believe that the relationship between the project and its context will flourish marvelously.
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Last month we featured the talented Bern-based Studio Zimoun and their wonderful sound sculptures. The studio’s latest offering is no exception. Introducing thier first permanent installation, Zimoun closely collaborated with architect Hannes Zweifel, producing a large, towering mechanical sound sculpture inside a beautiful abandoned toluene tank from 1951, located in Dottikon, Switzerland. The installation presents a complex kinetic sound sculpture, this time with 329 DC-motors and cotton balls arranged meticulously throughout the interior fabric of the space, producing a stunningly stark appearance and hypnotic hum. I’m happy this is a permanent installation, as it gives me time to get out there and see it for myself. Great work. → Watch the Toluene Tank installation video
Trace Heavens by James Nizam, is an installation that plays with light in its natural form, through manipulation of the building it exists through. Primarily, his work is based on manipulating the form of homes and buildings slated for demolition with the intention to repurpose their inevitable future, through capturing a moment. The resulting works are photographic. Trace Heavens was originally composed in 2011, and exhibited in Vancouver in 2012. Nizam, originally from England, now living in Canada, is represented in galleries across Canada and Switzerland. His work is a combined portfolio of his own solo work, and collaborations with other artists, across these geographical platforms. His work can be found in a number of private collections across the United States, Europe and Canada also. Trace Heavens, as well as Nizam’s other work, centres around the idea of the rooms becoming backdrops for the discarded contents and architectural debris that he accumulated and constructed into sculptures of elegant complexity. The emphasis on re-inventing and giving meaning to an otherwise discarded object, through manipulation of its form, is at the heart of this inquiry of Nizam’s understanding of the photograph as a trace; a documentary image that comes to act as...
In its own way, the untreated finishes of House D by HHF Architects deliver a quiet elegance in its rawness against the landscape of Nuglar, Switzerland. The architects used what was readily available – glass, wood and concrete, designed minimally so that the real conversation within the living spaces is exchanged with the exterior. It is the little subtle details of this project that I find really alluring. The oversized terrace helps maintain a level of privacy between the openness of the living spaces and the rest of the landscape; the door frames that follow the slope of the roof on the house give a different feel of the scale within the room; the run of the stair alongside a wall of concrete and a wall of glass that in its reflection further emphasizes the expanse of the views. Being minimal doesn’t mean lack of details here; it is an incredibly interesting project when one delves deeper.
The Fealdbalz House, 2,900 square foot tri-level family home (also referred to as a sculpture) overlooking the Lake of Zurich, Switzerland was built by Gus Wustemann Architects and was created to accommodate both the private as well as public life of its occupants. The upper level was set-up for parents, while the lowest level, opened to the outdoor patio and garden, belongs to the children. With easy access to the garden and the pool, it becomes the playing, active area. In between these two levels, the center of the house contains the family life, where everybody meets and circulates. The main living area is connected to the garden with concrete stairs, a perfect place to admire the view. The architects wanted to satisfy desired level of intimacy with the contrast of wide open views in a suburban context. The solution was to use simple techniques such as Sky-Frame windows (sliding screens) which one can open and slide behind the fireplace and the stairs and translucent polycarbonate (scobalit) material for all the facades facing the neighbours. The result is an opening with no frames and the use of the scobalit facade provides a warm sheen and welcomes without giving up privacy.
The Button side table is a creation of Norway born Switzerland based designer Fredrik Wærnes. He developed this elegant and minimal piece with the purpose to provide versatility in the living space. The tabletop can be removed and used as a serving tray. The grooves in the middle of the wooden base keep the tray tightly and securely in place. I like the opening in the center. Aside from being a visual feature, making the tabletop resemble a button (hence the name), it creates handle and makes the piece easier to move.
Iceland’s landscape in black and white; when photography is not about colours but about emotions. Fierce, stark and ethereal. This is how German photographer Michael Schlegel sees Iceland. An empty, primitive land where the only inhabitants are the elements of nature. The combination of simple frames and high contrasts with the wise choice of shutter speed captures the beauty of the landscape, the wind, the fog and the running waters. Schlegel’s project “Iceland” won first place in Fine Art/Landscape at the International Photography Awards. His work has been featured among many others in Black & White Magazine, Zoom Magazine and D-La Repubblica. His most recent exhibitions include Sylt & Iceland – Flo Peters Gallery, Germany and Iceland & Australia – Photo Münsingen in Switzerland.
Looking for a nice minimalist desk? Switzerland based furniture manufacturer Colin SA created a plain desk, named T-723-X1, which is easy to move and simple to assemble. No tools or screws are needed to assemble the desk of FSC certified multiplex plywood. The T-723-X1 is available in a raw version, natural planed and grinded plywood, and a lino version, desktops covered with black linoleum. There is also a brother: the T-723-X3. The cross-beams of this version go through the table top and are visible on the desk top, whereas with the T-723-X1 they end right under the table top.
The O House, located in Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland, was designed by Philippe Stuebi Architekten with Eberhard Tröger. Overlooking Lake Lucerne, its bold visual concept might classify it among slightly different minimal approach in architecture. First, there is the proportion of façade’s large circular pattern, so strong in impact, one might not realize the actual beautiful simplicity of the O House as a whole. The simplicity is coming from the selection of materials such as concrete, glass and smooth wood flooring to the use of smaller version of circular screen application used as a repetitious element helping to lessen the transition between the outside and inside. On both, the front and the lake side, this sculptural villa shows very expressive and ornamental facades. Facing Mount Pilatus, the white concrete elements are dotted with circular openings that allow glimpses into the two-levelled orangery with its exotic plants, as well as the lounge, the guest tract and the staircase accessed through one of the openings at the ground floor. I love strong, well-executed design intent. Here, even something so bold (and somewhat fun) such as the circular openings is finished with confidence. Because of their scale, repetition and simple materiality throughout the rest of...
American minimalist artist, Carl Andre (1935) is known for his geometrical arrangement of commercial and natural materials such as bricks, blocks and plates. His most significant contribution was to distance sculpture from processes of carving, modeling, or constructing, and to make works that simply involved sorting and placing. Andre has sought to renegociate conventions of display, forcing a dialogue between the object and its surrouding. Carl Andre has received this year the Switzerland’s 2011 Roswitha Haftmann Foundation Prize. I love it because the artist does not want his sculptures to have a fixed view point, but to be experienced as more than areas or paths.
Yet another minimalist table, Wogg Wogg 43 - designed by Jörg Boner for Switzerland-manufacturer Wogg - offers an elegant construction of clean aesthetics and soft shapes. What I like most about this table is its various color/material configurations. Because of its simplicity, the ceramic high-glass lacquer looks just as amazing as the walnut veneer. In addition, depending on space and usage, Wogg Wogg 43 has many different surface lengths to choose from; anywhere between 1200mm to 2400mm. The legs are split so that they produce excellent stability and maximum legroom. Ultimately, I can picture this table looking amazing in both a warm residence or a fast-paced office conference room.
Swiss industrial designer Nicolas le Moigne created ECAL, a stool and side table of fibre cement, a mixture of cement and asbestos cellulose and synthetic fibers. Organically shaped, light of weight and durable, ECAL is perfect as garden furniture, but the stool and side table would look amazing indoor as well. ECAL was conceived as part of a design contest at the University of Art and Design (ECAL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photography by Thomas Adank.