Studio Ganz holiday closing

Between 2011 and 2012, Studio Ganz will be closed from:
Saturday, 24 December 2011 - Friday, 6 January 2012.
The entire team will be back in the Studio on 9 January 2012.



We are interested in attractive surfaces also in robust exterior designs with varied uses. When choosing suitable surfaces, we take into consideration different weather conditions, changes connected with the seasons of the year, and the aging of the materials.
When experimenting in field work with different machine surface treatments of asphalt, by using different types of aggregates the surfaces are given a unique character


Rautistrasse housing estate, Zurich-Altstetten

Selected for First Prize in 2005 on the team with UNDEND architects, the new construction project of the city housing estate on Rautistrasse was blocked for a long time by appeals. Now, after a decision by the federal court, the building permit is legally valid, and the design as proposed will be realized. Construction start is planned for 2012, with planned completion in 2014.


Boulders installed at Jasminweg, Zurich

Working in the fall weather at the 'Jasminweg housing estate' in Zurich-Oerlikon, we placed some large boulders in the children's playing field. The impressive rocks come from a quarry in Volketswil and weigh up to 5t. A number of smaller rocks were placed alongside the boulders; they were moved here from an ABZ inner courtyard in Zurich municipal district 3. The new surroundings at Jasminweg are planned to be completed by spring 2012 and will be ready for the new residents in the summer.


Daniel Ganz to speak at EPFL

In connection with his visiting professorship at EPFL, Daniel Ganz will give a lecture at the EPFL Department of Architecture in Lausanne on Tuesday, 8 November 2011. In his talk on 'Craftsmanship' Ganz will speak on the design methods and works of Studio Ganz.
When: Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, AAC 231


Start of Project: Theiler-Areal, Zug

Having won the competition for the Theiler-Areal in Zug together with Zurich architects Darlington Meier, Ganz Landscape Architects have started the project planning for the grounds of the business high school/specialized upper secondary school in Zug. Various model studies serve as the basis for the preliminary design study, which will be completed in the fall of 2011.


Competition success in Wald, Appenzell Ausserrhoden

On the team of mazzapokora Architects, Ganz Landscape Architects have won the competition to produce a study for the town centre of Wald/AR. The design of the large, connected open space, which will allow the compact volume of new build by the architects to connect with the existing build, is the task of the landscape architecture.


Studio Ganz at EPFL, Lausanne

Studio Ganz with Brett Davidson present their programme for the fall semester at the EPFL Department of Architecture in Lausanne. In the course titled "Reading Nature", students will work on a project for the Lac de Sauvabelin area. At the start of project planning, students will first walk and document the area. After thorough analysis of the place, students will develop a concept for the draft programme. Work using a model will be an important part of the design process.


Brett Davidson: GLASS HOUSE

Brett Davidson is a Texan writer currently living in Zurich. This short book takes a narrative excursion through the hinterland of modern America, architectural dystopia, and the post-war European avant-garde as reflected in the author's reminiscences of his southern Texan upbringing. Utilizing the histrionics and problematics of American architect Philip Johnson, Davidson describes a part of America where Johnson's work, particularly his post-modern phase, received considerable patronage. Davidson's dislocated vantage point results in a moral uncertainty, an echoing of the multiplicity that fractured the certitude of the modernist project.
Book Vernissage
Friday, 9th September 2011, 7 p.m.
Hochparterre Buchhandlung für Architektur, Kunst & Design
Gasometerstrasse 28
8005 Zürich
T +41 (0)44 271 25 00
info@hochparterre-buecher.ch, www.hochparterre-buecher.ch


Ganz Landscape Architects take a Summer Break

From August 8th until 19th 2011, Ganz Landscape Architects are on vacation. Only very few people will be present during that time. We kindly ask you to plan accordingly. The entire team will be back in the office on August 22nd 2011.


Jasminweg housing estate, Zurich-Oerlikon

In planning for Phase 2 of the Jasminweg housing estate, some adaptations and modifications will be made to the outdoor landscape design already realized in Phase 1 due to changed demands and requirements. The play areas will be enlarged, the surfacing renovated, and the plantings rendered more precisely. The large playing field in particular will receive a great deal of attention.
The existing lawn will gain a new design, with three grassy mounds of differing heights and diameters. Ganz Landscape Architects worked together on this with the Zurich artist Marco Ganz, who designed a wood sculpture that winds upwards for the largest grassy mound. Currently it is planned that the sculpture will be placed in the middle of the precisely shaped mound.


Company field trip 17 June 2011

Together with photographer Markus Bühler-Rasom and Kamm Architekten, Ganz Landscape Architects will explore projects in the city of St. Gallen. We will also tour the Sitterwerk center for art and culture and visit the current exhibition at Studio Mumbai Architects founded by Bijoy Jain as well as ‘Appenzeller Gärten,' a special exhibition at Museum Herisau. Later we will hike through a small part of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. Due to the company field trip, our studio will be closed on Friday, 17 June 2011. You can reach us again as usual on Monday, 20 June 2011.


Study field trips

Daniel Ganz led landscape architecture students at HSR Hochschule für Technik studying the use of plant materials on a two-day tour of selected gardens and parks. The focus was on designing with plants as the students inspected the Tobler family garden in the old town centre of Zurich and the Kienast garden in Zurich and the Eschler garden in Ringlikon (both projects by Dieter Kienast). At a get-together back at the studio, Ganz Landscape Architects also gave the students a look at how they work.
On the second day, with Toni Eberle and Reinhard Eisenhut as guides, the group saw the 'Blumenberge' (mountains of flowers) in the perennial gardens at Helvetia Patria Versicherungen in St. Gallen. The students then visited the Areal Lagerhäuser (Vogt Landscape Architects) and Pipilotti Rist's City Lounge (public living room) in St. Gallen.


Appenzeller Gärten

`Appenzeller Gärten` is the title of a special exhibition at Museum Herisau. The exhibition by Roman Häne, who has been a project manager at Ganz Landscape Architects since September 2010, is the result of Häne's Master's thesis. Häne studied the gardens of the townspeople and gardens in the dispersed settlement of Appenzell. The exhibition provides a look at traditional and contemporary garden culture in the two Appenzells.
20 May - 25 December 2011
Museum Herisau
Platz, Postfach 1221
CH-9102 Herisau
T +41 (0)71 352 40 10


Landscape competition success in Zurich Hottingen

On the team of Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin (EMI) Architects in Zurich, Ganz Landscape Architects have won the landscape competition for a residential building on Steinwies-/Irisstrasse in the Hottingen quarter of the city of Zurich.
In an old stand of trees, a new chapter in the history of the garden will be written, working within the competing claims of utility and tranquility.


Competition winner in Zug

On the team of Zurich architects Darlington Meier, Ganz Landscape Architects won the competition for the conversion of the Theiler Areal in Zug. Project planning work should be underway as soon as spring 2011.


New gardens in the village center Albisrieden

Ganz Landscape Architects are working in the old village center of Albisrieden on a double lot with front gardens that are under historical preservation protection. For the choice of plants we are basing the choice of plants on the plant species that were available in the Zurich area in the eighteenth century.
The two residential buildings form an introverted courtyard together with a further small house and the church wall. We propose to reinforce the spatial character of the courtyard by replacing the asphalt surfacing with quartz sandstone paving in an irregular pattern.


We are going to the village for further education!

To start off the New Year, an excursion to the town of Langenthal takes us to the Kunsthaus (Museum of Art), to an international group exhibition and interdisciplinary symposium focusing on the village. For this reason, our studio will be closed on 21 January 2011. We will be back to take your call on Monday, 24 January 2011.