Christmas holidays

Ganz Landscape Architects' studio will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday, 26 December 2016 through Monday, 2 January 2017.
You can reach our team again starting 3 January 2017.
We wish you all happy and peaceful holidays!


Restaurant Alter Tobelhof

All of the major work has been completed ? gentle earth modelling of the topography, fruit trees and lime tree planted, paths and squares built, railings mounted, the parking lot created. Bulb planting is currently in progress. Next spring, the new seeding of the meadow will mark the end of the work on the new landscaping.
Restaurant Alter Tobelhof and Chäsalp will be reopened on 15 December 2016.
Restaurant Alter Tobelhof
Tobelhofstrasse 236
8044 Zurich


Garten – An exhibition project at the Architektur Galerie Berlin

Since their university days, architects Ron Edelaar, Elli Mosayebi, and Christian Inderbitzin of Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten have dealt with gardens - both in the form of theoretical work and in the context of their architectural projects, in which architecture and garden ideally combine to form an inseparable unit. This has led them to several successful collaborations in the past with Ganz Landscape Architects. Especially the intensive discussion in all project phases results in constructive arguments, which in the housing construction project on Steinwies-/Irisstrasse, Zurich-Hottingen, and the residential and commercial building project on the Speich grounds, Zurich-Wipkingen, culminated in holistic results.
Exhibition runs to 17 December 2016
Architektur Galerie Berlin
Karl-Marx-Allee 96
D-10-243 Berlin
Die bis Fr 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sa 12 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mon & Sun closed
Admission free


The alpha and omega

In the current issue of the Swiss trade journal dergartenbau, Ganz Landscape Architects talk about our very well-received vertical planting, or brise soleil, on the Sky-Frame industrial building in Frauenfeld and highlight the importance of targeted maintenance and development measures.


Couleurs désert

Out of materials that have served their purpose they create a new kind of applied art: in the Moroccan Sahara the women of a Berber tribe use wool from old pullovers to weave carpets, blankets and cushions of high design quality. Since the 1980s these talented weavers have opened up a unique world of forms and colours by creatively examining traditional handcraft and employing a highly individual style. The exhibition shows the creations of the women from the Aït Khebbach tribe for the first time outside the Moroccan desert. It is not only the aesthetics and colours of the pieces presented that are amazing, but also their contemporary quality. In addition, a Berber tent, the weaver's stories, and photo portraits of them offer insights into handcraft and this traditional way of life.
Exhibition runs to 29 January 2017
Museum Bellerive
Höschgasse 3
8008 Zurich
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
Mon closed


Temporary site

The selective voting procedure concerning the location for temporary upper secondary school classrooms in the Canton of Zurich found the proposal by the Ganz Landscape Architects team convincing. We look forward to realising the landscaping of the temporary modular buildings of the new Zurich Cantonal School at the Rossweid in Uetikon am See very quickly, so that school operation can start already in the school year 2018/2019.
The jury praised the competition entry design submitted by our design team together with the companies Baubüro in situ NRS (Zurich branch) and Cockpit Projektmanagement Zürich and expressly commended the working method and artistic approach that gives the site a temporary identity.


Completion of Luchswiesen school recess grounds

During the recent summer vacation, we realized the design plans to improve the school grounds for outdoor recess and play at the Luchswiesen school. The improved play and recess options aim at supporting the children's motor development in many ways. Swinging in the hammocks, jumping on the jumping discs and the trampoline footbridge or climbing the new play tower - all these movement options provide compensation for sitting in the classroom.
Starting with tomorrow's opening party, also the colourful HOPOP bollards for sitting will shape the newly designed recess areas and can be used by the children during school time and free time.


Parkomania - The Landscaped Gardens of Prince Pückler

Hermann, Prince Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), was one of the most fascinating people of his time. He is now being rediscovered as an outstandingly original garden designer working in the English style. His landscaped parks at Bad Muskau/??knica (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), Babelsberg (also UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as part of the Potsdam Cultural Landscape) and Branitz are among the finest examples of nineteenth-century garden design in Europe. It is to these three important parks and the innovative ideas that shaped them that this exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle is devoted.
«If you really want to know me you have to know my garden, for my garden is my heart.» Hermann, Prince Pückler-Muskau
Exhibition runs to 9 September 2016
Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
D-53113 Bonn
Tues, Wed 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thu - Sun 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Mon closed


Summer holidays Ganz Landscape Architects

From August 1st until 12th August 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 15th.


Mojitos in the Pavilion of Reflections

Even the very wet early summer weather did not affect garden yields of ‘The Garden' at Hönggerberg. The first delivery of the organics herbs made in Zurich can be enjoyed in in mojitos, Hugo cocktails and more at the bar in the Pavilion of Reflections on the Lake of Zurich as part of the Manifesta 11 event from now until 18 September 2016.


Preliminary project Uri Cantonal Hospital, Altdorf

After further developing, detailing, and revising diverse variants using models in 1:20 and 1:50 scale, Ganz Landscape Architects have made progress on the preliminary project for the park of the new Cantonal Hospital in Uri; it is now ready for presentation. The guiding principles of the park design from the architecture competition have been retained.


Gardens of the World – Museum Rietberg

Gardens tell stories. These stories tell of a yearning for Paradise, love, retreat, power, beauty. The Museum Rietberg invites you to take a stroll through the gardens of the world and the history of garden culture. A promenade through the world's gardens, from Japan to England and from ancient Egypt through to modern times. Art works, photos and videos show how people living in various different cultures and eras longed for gardens - and how they created them.
Exhibition runs to 9 October 2016
Museum Rietberg Zurich
Gablerstrasse 15
8002 Zurich
Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Mon closed


Garden at farm house in Männedorf

Renovation of the farm house on Appisberg in Männedorf entails also making changes in the existing rural surroundings. With special consideration and integration of the topographic situation above a ravine, our design proposal requires only minimal interventions and does justice to the agricultural character of the site. With a light touch the targeted changes include sitting areas, plantings with very precise plant use, and rearrangement of the access route into the new garden.
Now, in early summer, we are especially pleased the project will be realized by Christoph Gasser Gartenkulturen, Männedorf.


Testing HOPOP

We are currently testing the colourful HOPOP elements made by the Danish company Out-sider for their durability and suitability as playground equipment. Filled with water or sand, these movable bollards for sitting will provide colourful accents on the grounds of the Luchswiesen school complex in Zurich-Schwamendingen starting in the new school year. In interplay with the existing painted dots on the asphalt of the playground, the 30 new HOPOP bollards stand out playfully.
Ganz Landscape Architects is implementing the new plans in the summer vacation to improve the playgrounds and the entire play options for the 400 kindergarten and primary school children at the Luchswiesen school.


Cherry blossoms

Planted last fall, cherry trees blooming in the inner courtyard are for the very first time now providing a magical view from the cloister of the Bassersdorf parish centre. As the sun follows a higher and higher path through the sky in the course of the year, it also throws changing light on the pavement pattern designed by Isabel Bürgin. In addition, there is a charming interplay of light and shadow between the buildings and the trees.


Berlin, Berlin, we are off to Berlin

From 28-30 April 2016 Ganz Landscape Architects will be exploring East Berlin and West Berlin, each for a day, and also going on a bicycle excursion to the former residence of kings and the Kaiser, Potsdam. We will take in the small courtyards, busy town squares, large parks, lush gardens, and the 'Berlin air'.


The Playground Project

On more than 1,000 m2 the Kunsthalle Zürich is currently showing that the playground - this niche in our cities - can be a subversive place, a place for experiments in public space for art and society and a contact surface for adults, parents and children. The Playground Project has installed real play sculptures for children, leads you through over 100 years of the playground in films, photographs and objects, and poses the question as to where we stand today. And shows what is possible beyond the norm.
Exhibition runs to 15 May 2016
Kunsthalle Zürich
Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zürich
Tues/Wed/Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs 11 a.m. -8 p.m., free admission after 5 p.m.
Sat/Sun/Public holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon closed


Bauen in der Landschaft [building in the countryside]

The countryside in Zug is made up of a variety of landscapes and altitudes ranging from 400 to 1,200 meters. Just as varied as the landscapes are also the traditional types of landscaping around houses - artful fenced-in farmhouse gardens are more numerous and luxuriant on the plain, and in the mountainous regions meadows in many places extend right up to the base walls of the buildings.
A guide from the Canton of Zug, Bauen in der Landschaft [building in the countryside], which Ganz Landscape Architects drew up together with an advisory group of experts under the auspices of the des Office for Spatial Planning of the Canton of Zug, is now available. The guide deals with design aspects of building in the countryside and goes into the types of buildings and landscaping design in depth.


Dieter Kienast: Stadt und Landschaft lesbar machen

Dieter Kienast (1945-1998), who was Swiss, is a key figure in European landscape architecture. At a time when there was a striking turn in the societal understanding of nature, he sought a synthesis between design and ecology, without being anti-urban or ascribing to a sentimentalist view of nature. His open spaces were meant to make the dissolving differences between urban and rural areas readable and in their aesthetic immediacy to support our coping with an increasingly complex everyday life.
In her book, Anette Freytag offers the first critical examination of Kienast's realized work, his design attitude, and his theoretical positions. It illuminates at the same time a pithy era in landscape architecture, which since the 1970s has been struggling to again become an integral part of urban development and a source of inspiration for large-scale planning.
(freely translated here, from https://www.gta.arch.ethz.ch/publikationen/dieter-kienast-stadt)


Ganz speaks on gardens

The gently awakening garden year can already be seen in the on-going project `The Garden` of Studio Emerson at the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus. In the new spring semester 2016 the discussion on `The Garden` will once again be accompanied by `Early Morning Breakfast Talk` lectures by Daniel Ganz.
The series will begin this year on 2nd March 2016 with a lecture on ‘How to become an enthusiastic architect by appreciating the colours in a flowerbed'.


2nd Prize Kerenzerberg Sports Centre

Located on a terrace of the Kerenzerberg mountain 300 metres above the Walensee (Lake Walen) in Filzbach in Glarus, the Kerenzerberg Sports Centre, which opened in 1971, is showing its age. For a project competition on its restoration and extension, we reworked the exterior space originally designed by Hans Nussbaumer and Heiri Grünenfelder. Our entry submitted with E2A Architects Zurich was awarded 2nd Prize.
With appropriate interventions in the outdoor space, our design proposal respects the site-specific topography, in that the whole installation fits unobtrusively into the natural slopes. Minor terrain shaping is achieved using local pieces of rock that reflect and underline the picturesque effect of the surrounding landscape. The edges of the slopes are lightly planted with ribbons of woodland vegetation, with targeted clearings allowing views of the mountains and into the distance. The species composition of the vegetation reflects the landscape and the forest (maple, ash, and lime trees). The meadow land stretching to the nearby village is planted with scattered fruit trees, tying in with the traditional cultivated land use.


Steinmürli Dietikon

The Steinmürli School in Dietikon is attended by kindergarten and primary school students. The year 2006 saw completion of the addition of a new school wing and gymnasium designed by Enzmann Fischer Architects, and now agps Architecture Ltd. in Zurich is enhancing the school complex with the new construction of a school pavilion. The new building will expand the spaces for primary school classrooms and for day care. It has been sited very carefully and closes off the school complex from the Steinmürlistrasse.
For Ganz Landscape Architects Laura Schwerzmann is responsible for project management of all design services related to the grounds and will create the preliminary project and cost estimate in January. The necessary changes to the grounds will respect the design of the existing outdoor space.