Ganz Landscape Architects on Christmas Holiday

Over Christmas our studio will be closed as follows:
Wednesday 23rd December 2015 - Freitag 1st January 2016


A park for the new Uri Cantonal Hospital

In Altdorf the Uri Cantonal Hospital will be rebuilt and newly built. It will be surrounded by a public park. The character of the park is defined by the trees and the green ground level of lawns and meadows with a network of winding walkways. Loosely interspersed solitary trees and groups of trees open up views into the depths and densify in the peripheral areas. In this way they build open spaces leading towards the buildings and frame the park to the outside. The vegetation densifies towards the adjacent single-family homes and the car park. The existing striking redwood trees will be accentuated in the grounds as solitary specimens. The existing trees/shrubs will be retained where possible. Groups of shrubs will support the space-defining effect of the trees.
A curving park path winds through the grounds. It connects with the outdoor spaces and guides visitors to attractive places to stay for a while. The park path makes it possible for patients to take a walk in the immediate surroundings of the hospital.
We are very pleased that the jury awarded our project, on the team with Darlington Meier Architects, 1st prize in the Uri hospital architecture competition.


Start of construction: St. Franziskus Catholic Parish Church

The construction of the building extension by architects Vecsey Schmidt, Basel, is underway. That means that we can now begin the gardening work for the new grounds. The heart of the design is the inner courtyard formed by ornamental cherry trees, which will be completed first. The structural renovation of the impressive church building will continue far into the year 2016.


Vanishing Thule – A Culture on Thin Ice

"Since 1997, Markus Bühler-Rasom has regularly traveled to Greenland. His destination - Thule, one thousand kilometers north of the polar circle. His most important piece of equipment: a camera that braves the cold as he him-self does. Thule is home to the Polar Inuit, the world's northernmost people. For centuries, they have survived in the high Arctic. But now, the ice on which they hunt is getting thin - in more than one sense of the word.
The images of Bühler-Rasom oscillate between ice floe and village life, tradition and change, past and present. They speak of an uncertain future for the Polar Inuit, a future that concerns us too. Discover striking images and embark on this journey to the far North."
Exhibition: 1 October 2015 through 28 February 2016
NONAM, North America Native Museum,
Native American and Inuit Cultures
Seefeldstrasse 317
8008 Zurich
Tues to Fri 1 to 5 p.m.
Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mon closed


Choosing trees

The landscaping of the terrain in front of Alter Tobelhof has taken shape as planned. Ganz Landscape Architects have now selected splendid specimens of various tall trees at Toni Suter Tree Nursery in Baden-Dättwil in Aargau. We have chosen different cultivars of apple and cherry, including Malus ‘Florina' and Prunus ‘Magda', which will be planted at their intended destination on the Züriberg in the autumn.


Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden

Whether a sacred sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoy-ment and delight, gardens are where man and nature meet.
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden reveals the way in which gardens have been celebrated in art across four centuries.
Exhibition until 11th of October 2015
The Queen's Gallery
Buckingham Palace
Daily 10:00 - 17:30


Construction start on the Züriberg

Located above Zoo Zurich, Restaurant Alter Tobelhof and Chäsalp are a popular destination for outings on the Züriberg. Garden work on the new landscaping of Tobelhof has now begun, with completion planned for 2016.
In two stages, Ganz Landscape Architects will re-embed the existing buildings in the surroundings harmoniously. The parking lot will be created first, and the orchard will planted with new apple and cherry trees.


Summer Holidays

Ganz Landscape Architects are on summer holiday. The Studio is from 20th July till 7th August running slow. Only very few people are working during that time


Im Wäldli, Zurich

In the framework of an Expert's Report in 2012, we already studied very closely the grounds of ‘Im Wäldli', a former home for the elderly on Freistrasse in Zurich-Hottingen. Responsible for the plans for renovation of the building, which is also deemed as historical and worthy of protection and conservation, are the architects OMG+Partner in Winterthur. The new requirements for the existing building also entail redesigns and transformations of the exterior space. We at Ganz Landscape Architects are devoting ourselves to the task by first making a model before we immerse ourselves in the building project.


Hidden London

For inspiration, broadening our horizon, and team spirit, we will be going on an office field trip to London in July. For three days we will soak up impressions of the city on the River Thames. Our excursions will focus on the northern, central, and eastern parts of this large city. Large parts of our city walking tours will be along hidden rivers, where we will sharpen our awareness of the urban structure.


The Garden

Starting in the spring of this year Daniel Ganz is lending his expertise to assist Studio Tom Emerson at the Department of Architecture at the ETH Zurich with a long-term project called ‘The Garden'. The Studio took over a fenced-in area of meadow of approximately 1,300 square metres in size between the forest edge of Käferberg and the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus to start a garden. Now, at the end of the first semester, the basic structure of the developing garden is already in place. The oval of 60 newly planted fruit trees and a grid for the planting beds are based on designs produced by the students. The sowing of a mixture of calendulas, nasturtiums, and flax in the beds is complemented by the planting of eight different heirloom potatoes.


Renovation of open-air swimming pool and new skating rink in Wohlen

In December 2012 Ganz Landscape Architects, on the team of phalt Architekten AG and b+p Baurealisation AG, won the design competition for the renovation in Wohlen. In February of this year the municipal council of Wohlen approved the planning credit, and the preliminary project planning for the renovation of the swimming pool designed by Dolf Schnebli and for the new skating rink is now underway.
In the planning we are committed to making best use of our experience gained with the restoration of Tiefenbrunnen Park and Bad and the Wollishofen public swimming park on the Lake of Zurich. The open-air swimming pool in Wohlen is expected to reopen for the 2018 swimming season.


Folly – Foliage – Fascination Colloquium on the history of garden art

In "Folly-Foliage-Fascination" ? a colloquium on the history of garden art ? the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich is presenting six lectures that are open to auditors. The lectures will examine aspects of contemporary and historical garden art in theory and practice. The lecture series concludes with a lecture by Dr. Katia Frey on 27 May 2015 on Green spaces in urban development and urban expansion theories of the 19th and 20th centuries: From ornament to instrument.
Kunsthistorisches Institut/Institute of Art History
Rämistrasse 73
RAK, Hörsaal E-8
8001 Zurich
Wednesday, 27th of May from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.



Mikrokosmos - our entry together with Karamuk Kuo Architects Zurich for the architectural competition for the Lenzburg Stapfer House 'Haus der Gegenwart' ? was awarded Third Prize. The jury report made particular mention of the convincing positioning of trees that frame the building and upgrade the exterior space.
The Lenzburg Stapfer House made a name for itself in recent decades with its exhibitions on contemporary topics. The museum and offices will now be housed in a new building in an important urban location at the Lenzburg railway station.
Current exhibition:
MONEY. Beyond Good and Evil.
To 29 November 2015
Zeughaus Lenzburg
Ringstraasse West 19
5600 Lenzburg


Children's participation at Rautistrasse housing estate, Zurich-Altstetten

The 6- to 12-year-old children were at first somewhat restrained as they began to look for the best places for playgrounds at their new Rautistrasse housing estate. But they soon developed ideas and requests for specific kinds of playground equipment. The children's participation was led by a moderator from the city's Mega!phon office, and also taking part were a playground builder, a committed estate caretaker, and Ganz Landscape Architects.
All ideas were heard and noted. The children then selected their favourite ideas to be further developed in the model, marking them with coloured adhesive dots. The colourful solutions were then built by the children themselves using a variety of materials and with special attention to detail and were then placed in their own model of the grounds of the estate. As a result of having the children participate in the decision making process, a whole play landscape from the child's perspective emerged that will now serve as the basis for the playground builder and will be integrated into the grounds design.


Restoration of Gottfried Keller monument

City of Zurich sculptor Otto Charles Bänninger created the memorial to Gottfried Keller that is situated at the Wabengarten on the Mythenquai in Zurich-Enge in 1964. The three blocks composing the monument ? a wide block on which the titles of the author's works are inscribed, a second block lying on its side to be used as a bench, and a third block serving as a pedestal for a much larger than life size bust of Gottfried Keller ? form a harmonious grouping.
The office for art in public spaces at the civil engineering department of the city of Zurich has contracted Ganz Landscape Architects to renovate the monument, which is showing its age. As there is much damage to the surface, the work includes replacing the paving surface, which is probably Jura limestone from Solothurn, and repairing flaking and hairline cracks on the blocks. For preparation, foundation and reworking we contracted the Gasser Gartenkulturen company in Männedorf. All of the stonework is being done by artist and stone sculptor Piero Maspoli of Schlieren.


Folly – Foliage – Fascination Colloquium on the history of garden art

In "Folly-Foliage-Fascination" ? a colloquium on the history of garden art ? the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich is presenting six lectures that are open to auditors. The lectures will examine aspects of contemporary and historical garden art in theory and practice. The lecture series begins on 18 March 2015 with a talk by Guido Hager, a landscape architect in Zurich, on Gärten pflegen! - aus der täglichen Anschauungspraxis [Care of gardens ? based on daily perception practice].
Kunsthistorisches Institut/Institute of Art History
Rämistrasse 73
RAK, Hörsaal E-8
8001 Zurich
Wednesdays, starting 18 March, from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.


‘Lina Bo Bardi 1OO ― Brazil’s Alternative Path to Modernism’

Lina Bo Bardi was an Italian architect who emigrated to Brazil in the 1940s and whose work contributed significantly to the optimistic modernist architectural movement in South America. In her adopted country, which she found so very interesting, she got to know the most important exponents of modern Brazil - Oscar Niemeyer, Lúcio Costa and also the landscape architect Burle Marx. What is fascinating about Lin Bo Bardi is the wide range of her artistic endeavours. As an architect she was very mindful of nature, and she tried to include the tropical flora in her architectural structures. She also designed and developed concepts for stage sets and exhibitions. Her writings were also important to her, as was also her great interest in the local folk art, from which she drew inspiration.
The Architekturmuseum der TU München of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich is holding a large exhibition well worth seeing on this exceptional woman on the occasion of her centennial. The exhibition is accompanied by the release of an outstanding catalogue by Andres Lepik and Vera Simone Bader and published by Hatje-Cantz.
Exhibition until 22 February 2015
Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der TU München
Barer Straße 40
80333 Munich
Closed Mondays
Tues - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thurs 10:00 - 20:00
Fr - Sun 10:00 - 18:00


Job openings at Ganz Landscape Architects

Exciting projects await us in the New Year 2015. We are therefore looking to enlarge our great team at the start of the year. Please see our job openings!


We start the New Year with a competition win!

The Hofacker school complex is getting a new gymnasium by E2A Architects and an upgrading of the school grounds by Ganz Landscape Architects.
In the existing ensemble ? a rather flat, freestanding, new building only two stories tall will be built between the two existing buildings. Complemental to the buildings there are two offset and separated exterior areas that are different in character. Towards Freiestrasse there is a generous free space with schoolyard and grass playground, and parallel to Streulistrasse there is a more rear-side exterior space for sports activities. To the east, in the garden that is protected as a historic monument, there will be new, small sections for spending time outdoors during breaks. With climbing and play areas, the integration and upgrading of the school garden and provision of a newly available front area towards Hofackerstrasse, the result for the primary school students will be a division into age-appropriate areas where younger and older girls and boys will feel comfortable.