Closed for summer holidays

`THE GARDEN`, ETH Zurich, July 2018

Ganz Landscape Architects will have summer holidays from 30st July to 17th August 2018. During this time we will be working with a reduced staff. The entire team will be back at work for you on 20th August 2018.


Gallery – Collection, process, ecology

Cabinet of curiosities, ornithological collection - urban birds in pioneer areas

Originally an industrial and commercial area, the Industriestrasse area in Lucerne in the southern Tribschen-Langensand neighbourhood at the foot of the Geissenstein has had the character of temporary use since the late 1970s. The inexpensive living and work spaces are currently being used by tradesmen/small businesses, artists and cultural professionals, flat sharers, and cultural facilities.

Our design proposal for the prized, selective, two-phase project competition invited by the "Genossenschaftsverband Kooperation Industriestrasse" (a federation of cooperatives) was awarded second prize. On the team of Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects, we designed grounds that strongly referenced the locale. Through open design approaches, uses of the area would permit a whole collection of wants and needs and not hinder them through constraining features. The surfacing, developed based on the site, planted with columnar poplar trees, complements the stock of trees and forms the basis for the exterior space with its collection character—exterior space that that allows for people and nature simultaneously and thus becomes a piece of urban nature.


Competition win, Parkend Fonds

The replacement construction for the existing residential buildings on Hofackerstrasse in Zürich-Hirslanden will be the work of EMI Architekten. Ganz Landscape Architects is responsible for the landscaping design. Our entry named ‘Solaster' was named the winner in the initial design proposal procedure. As a new element, low garden walls will border cushion-like planting areas, which will be planted with hydrangeas and perennials. Where needed, this will create distance from the ground floor of the buildings.  At the same time, these plant cushions reference the lush garden surrounding the buildings. The variety in the garden only becomes apparent from the stepping stones that lead you through the vegetation surrounding the buildings. Between shrubs that bloom and grow in decorative forms, you dance on the stepping stones through the garden and are enveloped by a colourful carpet of vegetation. Along the stepping stone paths, there are several very small courtyards like islands where you can sit; here you can linger under the large leaves of the catalpa trees, which have an exotic look, and listen to the chirping of birds. The area in the middle with a courtyard tree functions as a meeting place or as an area for playing or splashing in the fountain, while the surrounding garden is a place of contemplative calmness.


First Prize in Competition Sennhauserweg/Carmenstrasse, Zurich

Visualisation Scheidegger Keller Architects, Zurich

We are very pleased that our design proposal on the team Scheidegger Keller Architects for the Sennhauserweg new construction and the restoration of Carmenstrasse 10 was selected by the Stadtverband der Reformierten Kirche Zürich [city association of the Reformed Church Zurich] for further development and execution.  

The existing parsonage garden is in tune with the spirit of the neighbourhood and forms a strong unity of design with the building. A garden path accompanying the frontage leads around the parsonage. At different path corners, a garden space will be added with one solitary tree towering over it. Around the path and the garden spaces, thick edge plantings create the intimacy needed in the garden. The built elements of the garden area are very atmospheric and require only gentle repair. The new construction sits like a neighbouring building in the middle of the garden area and is accessed on the side by a small forecourt. The tree and edge plantings form a filter between the existing buildings and the new building. The greenery flowing through the space will be retained, and the green street scene with lush perimeter plantings of strong, decorative shrubs along the boundaries will be reinforced. The edge planting helps to safeguard the private sphere between the flats and the parsonage. All of the flats have views into the depths of the garden space, so that density and distance alternate in the perception of the residents.

You are cordially invited to an exhibition of all entries to the selective project competition.

5–14 June 2018, weekdays 2:00–5:30 p.m.

Foyer Kirchgemeindezentrum Hottingen
Asylstrasse 36
8032 Zurich


Garden at ‘Haus zum Seckel‘, Zurich

This building on Rindermarkt in the historic centre of the city of Zurich was first mentioned in the year 1357. It was purchased by the city of Zurich in 1954 and is listed in the inventory of art and cultural history objects worthy of protection of communal significance (Inventar der kunst- und kulturhistorischen Schutzobjekte von kommunaler Bedeutung). Taking into consideration that the building is of historical interest, it was repaired moderately by Felder Architektur, Zurich. Between the ‘Haus zum Seckel’ and a courtyard building belonging to it, there is a small, private open space. Ganz Landscape Architects has now completed renovation of this garden and its new plantings.  


Invitation to view Signau House and Garden

On Signaustrasse 6 in Zürich-Riesbach, not far from Kreuzplatz, the Signau House and Garden are opening in June. The stately villa, built in 1911 by architects Pfleghard and Häfeli, has been renovated by Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects. And now, after our redesign measures, the house and garden are once more interconnected. The newly interpreted design for the garden, which had been turned into a functional parking area in the 1980s, is based on the original plans. The original plans go back to garden architect Gustav Ammann and his creative period when he was head garden architect at landscape gardeners Otto Froebels Erben.

The result is a guest house for food and drink, for get-togethers and for living, and for cinema enthusiasts and garden aficionados which can be visited.

26 May 2018, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Signau House and Garden
Signaustrasse 6
8008 Zurich


Guest Lecture

Gareth Doherty assistant professor for landscape architecture at `Harvard University Graduate School of Design` and author of the publication `Roberto Burle Marx Lectures. Landscape as Art and Urbanism` will speak about the Brasilian landscape architect, plant collector, and artist Roberto Burle Marx.

Guest Lecture introduced by Philip Ursprung, dean of the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich: `Figures on the Ground`

Tuesday 15 May 2018
18:00 – 19:30
ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg



Structure project Schindler-Areal

For the structural addition of further buildings to the existing high-rise buildings designed by Werner Stücheli, in the team with Adrian Streich Architekten we have now drawn up the structure project for the Schindler grounds in Schieren. In addition to the public access area, for the landscaping design the structure plan defines the neighbourhood squares and the front gardens, the inner garden space, and the play areas. The fixing of the plans should happen within the year.  


An invitation to see house on Rindermarkt street

Felder Architektur in Zurich invites you to have a look!
For the overall renovation of the house in Niederdorf in the Altstadt (the historic city) of Zurich, Ganz Landscape Architects completed the courtyard garden project in close collaboration with the company Gasser Gartenkulturen in Männedorf.

Saturday, 5 May 2018
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rindermarkt 11, 8001 Zurich


Resonant of memories

In the gardens at the old Trotte Nursing Home in Zürich-Wipkingen, the exotically shaped foliage of a plant may brush against us and awake in us a forgotten mood of days gone by. We have now developed the detailed planting plan for the senior citizens’ home project. For the extensive park landscape, the aim is to merge two strong moods/atmospheric pictures: cultivated gardens planted with cottage garden perennials surrounding the Alte Trotte, and a variety of plants reminiscent of the Mediterranean on the assisted living/nursing home side. The central herbaceous border with three parts acts as an intermediary between the two worlds. It stands at the centre of the design and brings the two different plantings together. A framing ring of native-species trees and shrubs, with richly blooming ornamentals, complements the plantings around the edges of the property.