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.



In our use of colours on the playground of the new school grounds of Krämeracker School, we utilize a playful technique of distortion of a shape or image that can be recognized only when viewed from a particular angle (anamorphosis). From the perspective of a primary school student—at an eye level of exactly 1.20m—a coherent linear shape will be visible that will emphasise the playful aspect. Following an idea by the executing playground construction company, motorsänger GmbH, Männedorf, this will also be realised in the coloured painting if temperature and the moisture content of the wood allow.   

The filigree and colourful lines in e.g. pure orange, heather violet, or flame red fall into fragments when child viewers change their position and conjure up a playful lightness on the wooden playground climbers.


Things are moving ahead

Despite the icy winter temperatures, the gardeners are making progress at the Bünzmatt Sports Park in Wohlen. They have installed the lanes of the mini-golf course and prepared the surface areas for the new beach volleyball courts and beach soccer fields. Next, the historically listed and protected areas surrounding the swimming pool will be renovated. For this, a part of the existing flooring (concrete slabs and cobbling) can be reused. Where necessary, additional slabs will follow the historical model of the original public swimming pool designed by Dolf Schnebli.


3D forms studies

The new Uri Cantonal Hospital in Altdorf is to have a basin and plant troughs for the area around the main entrance. First, we modelled our form studies for the new design elements three-dimensionally in CAD and then converted these in a suitable format for 3D printing of models. The 3D printing used the melt layer technique to print our desired object forms in PLA plastic in a 1:25 scale. Due to the projecting forms, the supporting structures had to be removed afterwards. 




We continuously feed books and other text materials into our library. We catalogue and digitalise meticulously, so that everyone at the studio has direct access to the materials. Our carefully compiled collection contains nearly 1,300 holdings focusing on architecture, botany, history, gardening, garden and landscape architecture and art.


Job opening

Photo: Christian Bärlocher


An inspiring environment is important to us. We surround ourselves with books, images, graphics, models and text fragments. We cultivate dialogue with one another.

To join our team in project planning and realisation on 1 June or an agreed-upon date, we are currently looking for a

landscape architect (man/woman), 100%.

You will have demonstrated your abilities in projects during your prior experience of 2-3 years. You have very good design and conceptual skills and show great commitment. You will complement our experienced team with your visual knowledge and computer software skills (Vectorworks). You are characterised by great interest and enjoyment in your work.  You have a good command of spoken and written German.

We are a cooperative team and offer you the opportunity to use your creative ability in all stages of the work. Our spacious studio premises surrounded by trees are located at the base of the Uetliberg in Zürich-Binz.

We would be pleased to receive your written application with the usual documents and stating your earliest possible starting date (by post and/or e-mail).

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sylvia Rembold
Tel. +41 44 380 62 78




Our collections are steadily expanding. The diversity of the collections draws on irrepressible thirst for knowledge, the desire to grasp and understand connections. Quite naturally, then, cabinet of curiosities and natural history collection merge into one. Handcrafted objects and delicate specimens exhibited systematically draw our attention on a daily basis.


An Eames Celebration

Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important designers of the 20th century. With their furniture, films, books, exhibitions and media installations, they have influenced generations of designers and continue to shape our everyday culture. No other name in design so clearly represents technical perfection and a timeless aesthetic, and none is more closely associated with the exuberant start-up culture on the American west coast during the post-war era, in which the Eameses played a prominent role. The Vitra Design Museum will present »An Eames Celebration« – four parallel exhibitions that offer an unprecedented view of the work created by the legendary designer couple.

Exhibition runs to 25 February 2018

Vitra Design Museum

Charles-Eames-Strasse 2
D-79576 Weil am Rhein

Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Christmas holidays

`The Garden`, Studio Tom Emerson, ETH Zurich

Ganz Landscape Architects’ studio will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday, 25 December 2017 through Friday, 5 January 2018. You can reach our team again starting 8 January 2018.

We wish you all happy and peaceful holidays!


Planting start in Uster

In addition to the good progress with the construction at new primary Krämeracker School in Uster, the gardeners have also been able to start the plantings. The result will be varied vegetation with native and non-native plants.

The plantings will show the changing seasons with budding, flowering, fall foliage, and the winter garden interest of standing inflorescences. In spring, the ornamental apples (Malus varieties) will bloom and in the meadow the first meadow species. The striking bloom of the tamarisks heralds the start of summer. Summer brings the blossoming of the currants, bayberries, wild roses and tall herbaceous flowering plants. In the autumn, the oak leaves turn bright red and the hornbeams and poplars yellow. The hazelnuts ripen, red rose hips cover the wild roses, and the ornamental apples display their small fruits. The fruits remain on the shrubs into wintertime and provide food for the birds. The dry inflorescences of the tall herbaceous flowering plants are showy in the winter landscape until snow and storms weigh them down. The evergreen foliage of pines and Elaeagnus provide a green undertone even in winter. The trunks of the poplars and the pines with their lovely bark are shown to their best advantage.