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DISSING+WEITLING explored the architectural marvels of Switzerland


Over the past weekend, almost everyone at DISSING+WEITLING went on a study trip to Basel and Zürich to experience their most exciting new architecture. It was a fun three days, packed with inspiring buildings, nice dinners, and a drink or two.

This year’s study trip at DISSING+WEITLING had Switzerland as its destination and Thursday afternoon most of the office flew to Basel - the first of two cities to be explored. 

Day 1

During our Friday in Basel we visited several architectural sites designed by the famous Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, including the renovated Museum der Kulturen, the new façade and roof at Messe Basel and REHAB Basel. We also had a guided tour at the headquarter campus of local pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which was a highly impressive experience with great office and laboratory buildings by some of the world’s most renowned architects, including SANAA, Tadao Ando, Diener & Diener and David Chipperfield.

Day 2

Saturday morning we kicked off with a four-hour visit to equally impressive Vitra Campus. At Vitra we saw a lot of nice projects, including SANAA’s pristine white warehouse with its magic interior light, the famous fire station by Zaha Hadid, an understated pavillon by Tadao Ando and not least the stacked Vitra Haus by Herzog & de Meuron with all its interesting spatial qualities. After lunch we headed off to Zürich. On the way, we stopped by the Elephant House at Zürich Zoo by local architect Markus Schietsch. Here we were welcomed by the engineer behind the impressive roof structure, Andreas Galmarini from WaltGalmarini. Saturday evening we had an excellent and very festive dinner at the top floor of the 126-metre Prime Tower by Gigon/Guyer. 

Day 3

Our last day was spent at several locations around Zürich including Swiss architect Christian Kerez’ fascinating Leutschenbach School, the cool structure and beautiful hanging gardens of the MFO Park by Buckhard+Partners and the very sustainable House of Natural Resources at the ETH Zürich.

All in all, our trip to Switzerland was immensely inspiring and educational, seeing a wide range of cool and fascinating architecture and filled with lots of fun and good times.

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