Fountain for the new Uri Cantonal Hospital in Atdorf

Just a few days ago, the fountain was put into position. Thanks to perfect logistical planning, the undertaking went very well. The fountain, which is approximately 5 metres in size and 16 tons in weight, now adorns the new main entrance to the cantonal hospital. The elegant fountain has a lightweight appearance and fits naturally into the new context.



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‘Cold Sophia’ in Sanssouci

Orangerie Sanssouci at Potsdam near Berlin

Warm temperatures in May are not unusual. Still, when planting out tender plants, it’s worth paying attention to the days of the ‘Ice Saints’, which can bring late spring frosts. Farmers‘ almanac wisdom says that mild spring weather becomes stable and steady only after May 15, the feast day for St. Sophia, nicknamed Cold Sophia (German Kalte Sophie), when ground frosts will no longer endanger spring sowings.

Cold Sophia is traditionally moving day at Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. It’s the day when the potted plants are brought out of the wintering halls of the Orangery and placed outside on the terraces. This took place again this year last Sunday, 15 May!


Hospital park, Altdorf

Landscape architect Paul Junker on the construction site together with the gardeners of Markus Enz AG

Our designs for the new park at Uri Cantonal Hospital in Altdorf are taking shape. As a first step last fall, the gardeners installed the alpine garden on the roof of the hospital. It takes its inspiration from the surrounding alpine landscape and local mountain, Uri Rotstock. The lush vegetation with alpine roses, mountain alders and Swiss mountain pines, enhanced with a species-rich herbaceous layer, became well established within a short time. And now also the landscape park design is taking shape. The pathways have been built, the varied topography has been formed, and stone sculptures by Markus Kummer have been placed. A few days ago, Zurich artist Annemarie Oechslin completed her artistic contribution of inlays in the paving alongside the pathways. Together, the various park elements ultimately come together to form an overall picture that everyone is looking forward to, especially when the plant material completes the total composition in the autumn.



Interview with Daniel Ganz

Space, the international magazin for landscape architecture and urbanism, is asking Daniel Ganz about his motives, examples and sources of inspiration. The interview can be read in the spring edition of the digital magazin 01/22.

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Five Trees for five women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

TEN Architecture Studio is building a house for five women in a rural area near Gradacac in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Iranian artist Shirana Shahbazi, who lives in Zurich, is developing the colour concept for the building, and Ganz Landscape Architects is responsible for the exterior space. For the design of the grounds, a natural integration in the landscape context is important. A few days ago, we placed and planted the plant material on the building site. In addition to maple trees providing shade in front of the house, we also planted a walnut tree next to what will be a vegetable garden. Single women from the area will move into the house in the middle of this year.



Note to Monograph `Ganz`

Like an artist’s studio – Jürg Altherr’s comes to mind – the whole of Ganz’s gardener's soul is revealed at Susenberg: the love for plants that live together, only apparently chaotically, in this green idyll. In presenting his own garden, a window was opened for me into Ganz as landscape architect.
Manuel Peer, Landschaftsarchitekt BSLA

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“Nibble garden” on the roof

For the replacement construction of the PWG Foundation‘s Flüelastrasse Commercial Building in Zurich, Ganz Landscape Architects, together with  BS + EMI Architects, are developing a lush “nibble garden” on the roof. As an identity-granting intervention, the roof garden will be for joint use by all. A green space for people to experience, it will be a high-quality environment for spending time, with common areas as well as retreat niches. Great value is placed on ecological aspects like biodiversity and structural diversity. The wicker baskets represent the dynamic rhythms of nature, as they will decompose over the years. These oversized, woven “fruit baskets” stand on a mineral carpet of irregularly-shaped sandstone slabs laid on a gravel lawn. Shrub-like fig trees, persimmon and quince trees, and other fruits will be companion planted with a variety of berry bushes and herbs. A selection of wild roses and herbaceous ornamentals will complement the lush vegetation.



First Prize for `Haus am Weg’

We are very pleased that our project proposal on the team of Atelier Scheidegger Keller Architects for the new construction of the Wechselwiese property in Zürich-Schwamendingen of the Rotach building society was recommended for further processing and execution.

The very small outdoor area will be created as a lush, densely grown garden to maximise the space. A pathway with intermittent small seating areas leads to the building. To compensate for the lack of outdoor common areas on the ground floor, our proposal includes a green roof landscape. Large-leafed shrubs, needled tamarisks, fragrant roses, delicate grasses and colourful flowering perennials will flourish in a gravel garden and provide an oasis for people and animals. The planting, rich in species and in structure, provides a new habitat for species specific to the area. Various seating areas provided for the residents strengthen a sense of community. The jury gave high marks to the attractive communal roof terrace, stating that it creates the pleasure of living in the garden city.



Note to Monograph `Ganz`

The book is great! Stimulating, many-layered, independent and sensitive, it provides insights into a world that makes you want to discover more (l'avventura di guardare comincia...).
Manuel Scholl, Architect ETHZ, Zurich

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Tree planting success!

Planting trees for four days was a great success. Over the last few days, 50 persons, mostly friends of the client, with their families planted more than 100 heirloom fruit trees on the meadow land of Ober-Wartenfluh on Lake Lucerne. Following the design plans by Ganz Landscape Architects and with some tweaks made during the planning process, the different varieties of apple and pear trees were placed in a way that ensures optimum orchard management in the future. Approximately 30 walnut trees were also planted. The newly planted trees are currently being pruned for the first time; this will ensure their healthy development in future.



Note to Monograph `Ganz`

The photographs of the gardens, such those as Carl Jung's garden, reveal the world’s changeability through its seasonal cycles of time. The thin layer of snow that covers all the garden’s forms veils something intimate: the garden is animated and eroticised, like one of Lucas Cranach’s paintings of Venus, whose body is lightly shrouded by a gossamer veil, arousing more desire than her naked form alone. Sounds are muffled by the veil of snow. There is a smell of winter and it’s soft underfoot.
Prof. Marco Bakker, Architekt, EPFL Lausanne

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Orchard planting for a compartmentalized landscap

Ganz Landscape Architects is developing a development plan for the structured fields of Ober-Wartenfluh in Lucerne. As a part of a historical cultivated landscape, the 4 hectares of meadow land will be planted with approximately 100 heirloom standard fruit trees. In addition, the plan provides for the planting of a grove of walnut trees as well as an avenue of maple trees leading to the old coaching inn at Ober-Wartenfluh. The culverted stream that runs through the meadow land will be opened up and upgraded ecologically by creating a meandering stream with flat edge zones. The shore vegetation on the banks of Lake Lucerne will be enriched through replantings and will offer valuable habitat with high biodiversity for animals.    


Note to Monograph `Ganz`

The book is so unlike the other monographs: poetic, sensual, sensitive but also stimulating and informative. It is a pleasure to peruse and continually tempts you to delve into it.
Christian Stern, Landscape Architect BSLA SIA, Küsnacht ZH

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