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.


Talking about Gardens

`Rakotz` Bridge, Kromlau/D, 2017

In the autumne semester 2017 of Studio Emerson at the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, the discussion on `The Garden` will once again be accompanied by `Early Morning Breakfast Talk` lectures by Daniel Ganz.
The series will continue this year on 23th November 2017 with a lecture on ‘Garden as Painting as Encyclopedia'.


It’s done!

Under ideal weather conditions, the plantings were accomplished in the Signau Garden. The new vegetation and the existing wooded backdrop are already creating a harmonious impression. It’s exciting to look forward to next spring, when the many tulip, crocus and narcissus bulbs will burst into a firework of flowers. 


Construction progress at Krämeracker School, Uster

Our plans for the new school grounds of the Krämeracker School in Uster are being realised. Under good weather conditions, the play areas have already been constructed by the Motorsänger company of Männedorf. The paving slabs developed specifically for the primary school are also being installed. Four different shapes of paving slabs with different layer thicknesses, chosen for the load demands of walkable and driveable surfacing, frame the schoolyards. The seating cubes for the outdoor classroom have been installed as well. The paving slabs and seating cubes were developed and manufactured in collaboration with the Tschümperlin company in Meierskappel; the surfaces were strongly sandblasted by hand. The white cement paving slabs, arranged ornamentally, will provide contrast with the adjoining asphalt and in addition form the transition to the gritty landscape.


Construction start of school grounds at Hinterbirch School, Bülach

The new secondary schoolhouse and the sports hall have already taken shape. Now the gardening work for the new school grounds is also underway. Selected in 2013 through an open design competition in two stages, the school will be ready for use in school year 2018/19. Our project execution work for the school grounds, in particular the plantings of species-rich vegetation, will continue into the late autumn of 2018.


Garden design from Classicism and Romanticism to Bauhaus

Rokokosaal, Klassik Stiftung Weimar

On this year’s company field trip we will be covering a wide stretch of periods and also geography. From 21 to 24 September we will be viewing the extensive Muskauer Park, a landscaped park created by Prince Hermann von Puckler-Muskau, in Bad Muskau, Germany, and Lecknika, Poland, and in addition, the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, also known as the English Grounds of Wörlitz. We will gather impressions of the cities Cottbus and Weimar and visit the Bauhaus in Dessau.


Start of construction of the Signau Garden

The gardeners at the landscaping company Gartenbaugenossenschaft Zürich are now starting work on the new Signau Graden. The existing wooded backdrop of the edges of the garden and the wrought-iron historical fence frame the garden. A new feature is a rectangular lawn area that forms the centre of the garden. This lawn area is framed on two sides by plantings, a bed of irises and a herbaceous border, while the third side is closed by a structure, a new water basin. The side facing the house spreads out like a carpet in front of the house.


New website

Now, after eight years, we cast off the garb that we became attached to and present the relaunch of our website — with a new design, new navigation, a new user interface and a new sorting. But you will still find the interesting cabinet of curiosities and the loyal seagull.


3rd Prize in invited competition: Tannenrauchstrasse, Zürich-Wollishofen

The existing blocks of flats from the 1950s located between Tan­nenrauch­strasse and Mut­s­chel­len­strasse in Zürich-Wollishofen no longer meet today’s housing needs. Due to their structure and state of repair, they cannot be modernised at a reasonable cost. Wohn- und Siedlungsgenos­senschaft Zürich (a housing and settlement cooperative company) wants to create family flats with inviting strolling and interaction zones and communal areas, whereby the design of the exterior space around the new construction should be high quality.

The proposal by the team of Adrian Streich Architekten and Ganz Landscape Architects, ’Haus im Garten‘  [house in the garden], was awarded 3rd Prize by the jury.


Closed for summer holidays

Jubilee Pool, Penzance/ GB

Ganz Landscape Architects will have summer holidays from 24 July to 4 August 2017. During this time we will be working with a reduced staff. The entire team will be back at work for you on 7 August 2017.


Construction start of school grounds at Krämeracker School, Uster

At the beginning of school year 2018/19, the first primary school students will move into the new school buildings and the sports hall at Krämeracker School in Uster. We have now started construction of the surrounding school grounds.
The base area designed as a wild, interesting natural landscape. It is made up of rich pastures, rough pastures and also gritty areas with a variety of grading. The pebbly soil material is designed to be reminiscent of the surrounding countryside with its moraine hills and gravelly substrate.
Paved areas overlay the natural-like base area. An all-weather outdoor area paved with coloured asphalt, asphalted schoolyards around the buildings, and connecting pathways with polygonal concrete slabs form a coherent system.
Two play areas will also be built in the gritty landscape: a place to chat under a tree canopy and a playground. The surroundings will be planted with numerous standard trees and with islands of shrub groupings and of herbaceous perennials. Like the secondary school and the houses in the surrounding neighbourhood, the school complex will be edged with a pruned hedge.
On the roof the surface will be divided into sections by rows of panels that are filled differently with extensive greenery or with a fill of finely crushed roof tiles. The photovoltaic elements will also be integrated in this. Within the sections we will build strips that are slightly raised and planted with drought-resistant perennials.


We are ready to go

We are now starting realization of the landscaping of the new school pavilion on the grounds of the existing Steinmürli school complex in Dietikon. There will be an interesting play area with playground climbers and nest swings, and the day care centre will have its own outdoor area.
The new plantings of trees will include native deciduous trees such as maples (Acer campestre, A. pseudoplatanus, A. platanoides), oak (Quercus robus), elm (Ulmus ‘Dodoens’) and linden (Tilia cordata) as well as European hornbeam (Carpinus betulus).


Book presentation: Garten

You are cordially invited to a presentation of the book Garten, issued by Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten. Speaking will be Jonathan Sergison (Sergison Bates architects), Thomas Kramer (Park Books) and Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten.

6 July 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Never Stop Reading Buchhandlung
Spiegelgasse 18 / Untere Zäune
8001 Zurich

Mon - Fri 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday closed
Free admittance
Never Stop Reading


Reference guide on preservation of historical garden monuments, with accordion-fold brochure on epochs of garden history

The garden monument contains a memory and is a place of remembrance. The garden as a monument reveals traces of history.
Out of fundamental interest and also for our expert assessments/reports, we have put together our knowledge on the preservation of garden monuments in a reference guide and included short biographies of important Swiss landscape architects. In addition, an accordion-fold brochure documents gardens chronologically in epochs or assigns gardens to styles/genres based on their elements.


Start of preliminary project for the Schindler grounds in Schlieren

Perspective from the design competition

For the Schindler grounds in Schlieren, a municipality in the Limmat Valley, we can now start on the plans for the preliminary project. In the neighbourhood ‘Im Moos’, located between the two streets Zürcherstrasse and Schulstrasse, we are working out the details and specifications of the design for the urban ‘Schindlerplatz’ as well as for the new neighbourhood square and the inner garden space.
Adrian Streich Architekten


House 2: Symposium Open Space

House 2 is a forum installation designed and built by 200 students who are studying in the ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l`Èspace) first year architecture atelier at EPF Lausanne. This wooden home will be open to passers-by in Zurich from 31 May to 15 June.
As part of the events ALICE is organizing two symposia, together with Zurich based magazine archithese. One day on Open Space and second one an Protostructure. Both themes are anchored in recently launched Alice research projects that gravitate around public space and appropriation of space as a social, culture and physical phenomenon.

Open Space focusses on porosity – from territorial to architectural to material scale. The symposium asks: What effects do spatial interactions have on people and cities? How can architects stand up for accessibility to shared space?

Symposium 6 June 2017, 4 - 8 pm
Daniel Ganz’ Lecture, 5.10 - 5.40 pm

House 2
Campus Toni-Areal
8050 Zurich



Contract awarded by selection process, Allmend Schoolhouse, Zürich-Wollishofen


Pleased about the contract awarded by selection process for the new school grounds of the schoolhouse to be constructed by Studio Burkhardt, we have immediately started our plans for the preliminary project. The panel in the specialist unit in the Public Works Office for the selection process selected our proposal, ‘Teppich & Girlande’ [carpet and garland], as the winner.
Our design presents the schoolyard of the Allmend Schoolhouse as a colourful island in Greencity Manegg, an urban site development. A circle pattern lies in the front of the schoolhouse like a carpet. Along its entire length it is joined by a border as a garland.
Studio Burkhardt


Start of construction: Grounds of Trotte Assisted Living and Nursing Home

With the building of the cast-in-place concrete walls, landscaping work has begun on the grounds of the new construction to replace the old Trotte Nursing Home in Zürich-Wipkingen. The walls handle the gradient of the site, where there are elevation differences of up to seven metres in the terrain from the Nordstrasse to the Trottenstrasse. The walls structure the generous garden areas, with the Dementia Garden to the west and the park with a central planting bed to the east, including the Alte Trotte, which is a listed historical building.
The entire landscaping of the grounds is due to be completed in autumn 2018.


Preparation work for the Signau Garden

Located in the Neumünster neighbourhood of Zurich with its important historic gardens, the Signau Garden is undergoing a renaissance. In the 1980s it was transformed into a functional parking area. Now, the design for the new garden by Ganz Landscape Architects is based on the original plans. The original plans for the Signau Garden go back to garden architect Gustav Ammann (1885-1955) and his creative period when he was head garden architect at renowned landscape gardeners Otto Froebels Erben.
The garden preparation work of cutting back the existing wooded area has been completed. Preparation work for the new water basins, the pavilion and the plantings, especially the bed of irises and the magnolias to be placed as specimens, is planned for early summer.


Fruit tree planting on Appisberg

Already prior to the landscaping changes to the garden, existing fruit trees shaped the character of the meadows surrounding the old farm house on Appisberg. The meadows have now been planted with additional fruit trees. New pears, apples, mirabelle plums and varieties of insititia plums have been planted for eating, cider making and distilling.


Carpet Bedding and Promenades

An exhibition on the Zurich artistic and commercial gardeners Theodor and Otto Froebel at the Baugeschichtliches Archiv der Stadt Zürich [archives for building history of the city of Zurich].
Theodor Froebel (1810-93) and his son Otto (1844-1906) were two of the most significant Kunst- und Handelsgärtner (artistic and commercial gardeners) of nineteenth-century Switzerland. They designed the Stadelhofen Square and took part in the planning and construction of the Zurich quays and the Zürichhorn Park, among other things.
The exhibition was developed by Claudia Moll.
Exhibition 11 April - 14 July 2017
Haus zum Rech
Neumarkt 4
8001 Zurich
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission


We are ready

Despite nasty winds and icy temperatures, in recent weeks we picked out quite outstanding trees for our projects. Now that we are ready for the upcoming planting time, we are excited about the beautiful specimens for the Krämeracker primary school in Uster, the university library courtyard near Plattenstrasse in Zurich, the Bünzmatt swimming pool in Wohlen and the Steinmürli school pavilion in Dietikon.


Fascination with Succulents

Succulents have been enjoyed and studied for over 500 years. Soon after Conrad Gessner's first inventory in the sixteenth century of the aloes and cacti that were known at the time, specialists made a study of succulents. In the mid-1800s, succulents became a popular hobby, and impressive collections were built. Enthusiasts founded succulent societies, and the first regular publications appeared. This guided tour at the Zurich Succulent Plant Collection traces the history of the study of the diversity of succulents through famous personalities and various episodes - Fascination with Succulents: History and Stories of Five Hundred Years of Science and Hobby.
Guided tours on 19 March 2017
11 a.m.-12- p.m., 1-2 p.m.
Sukkulenten-Sammlung Zürich
Mythenquai 88
8002 Zürich


Two new squares and a garden in Schlieren

We are delighted to have won the competition for the redesign of the Schindler grounds in Schlieren. Adrian Streich Architekten will complement the existing high-rise buildings by architect Werner Stücheli with three figures, which are being placed at the edges of the property. We are positioning two new squares at the front sides of the buildings - the urban ‘Schindlerplatz' and the neighbourhood square ‘Im Moos'. Connecting pathways lead into the inner garden space, which has play areas, meadow areas and shaded tree canopies.
We cordially invite you to an exhibition of the results of the design competition.
Opening reception: 1 March 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Lichthof Stadthaus Schlieren
Freiestrasse 6
8952 Schlieren


Contract awarded by selection process, Hof Binzmühle, Rotkreuz

Ganz Landscape Architects has been awarded the contract for the landscaping design for the Hof Binzmühle overall project in Risch-Rotkreuz. On the team with Cometti Truffer Architects, Lucerne, we won the open call for tenders for general contractors (SIA 144).