Fitting Form - Blocks and Towers in Zurich

Final Review Atelier Piet Eckert & Wim Eckert at the USI Mendrisio

The studio will investigate a prominent site right at the transition of the former medieval fortification wall and historical core of Zürich, adjacent to the lyric city garden of the Schanzengraben, to the old botanic garden and to the river Sihl. Here the first high-rise plan within the city center of Zürich was developped. Today, a rare combination of 19th century block structures and free standing higher buildings of the early 1960 form this context. The studio based its reflection of urban renewal on the hypnosis to remove the present and monstrous building of the former stock market and investigated a hybrid urban program which lead us to reconsider size, scale and heights of the current conditions.

Prof. Piet Eckert and Prof. Wim Eckert
with Benedict Esche and Adrien Meuwly
Invited Critics: Andy Groarke and Prof. Heike Hanada

Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, 10.00-20.00
Venue: Aula C0.63, Palazzo Canavée
Address: Academy of Architecture, Università della Svizzera italiana,largo Bernasconi 2, 6850 Mendrisio