Open space and architecture are mutually dependent. Especially in the case of public buildings, open space makes a valuable contribution to the development of sustainable living environments.
A fruitful dialogue between inside and outside, buildings and open spaces is an important quality characteristic for urban spaces. Particularly in the case of public buildings, open space should be comprehended as a continuation of the functions of the buildings. Positive synergy effects are unleashed when different needs are precisely coordinated with one another and there is an intensive interconnection between architecture and open space. Architecture and open space permeate one another and create appealing and sustainable living environments.

Projects: Culture, Education, Social Life

The new water playground in the middle of the Plänterwald has become an “ocean whirlpool” that enables people to enjoy a range of play options and wooden platforms situated around a central water labyrinth. A one-of-a-kind leisure time offer for both young and old.
In the `Dörfli Wagerenhof`, the value of the open space is of great importance to the residents. People live and work in the houses and workshops, which are embedded in an interconnected green park space. The park makes a significant contribution to the well-being of the people.
A linear boulevard in the open spaces will connect the new school and gymnasium with the existing school and day-care buildings and enliven them. The surrounding open space will be extensively developed and all rainwater will be infiltrated on site via open troughs and infiltration trenches.
The new building of the State and Municipal Library forms a new, cohesive urban-planning figure along with the existing building. A homogeneous carpet of surfacing material consisting of paving with good traction frames the combined building structures and incorporates the entrance area of the neighboring Maria Theresia Gymnasium in a coherent way.
New construction of a school campus with grammar school, secondary school, primary school and special school, "central center" and a public park, incl. urban development concept.
The pavilion-like school facility is situated in a landmarked garden where there is no space for either promoting biodiversity or space to play. It was possible to come up with a solution compatible with the location by means of a targeted upgrading of the roof surfaces, where it has been possible to achieve a clear improvement for biodiversity with minimum effort.
The clear architecture of the new SupraFAB building reflects the precise science of the resident biologists, physicists and chemists, and the spacious and topographically elaborated open space is a clear contrast to nature.
A circumferential green space integrates the new cantonal hospital of Baden in the existing landscape structures. A new hospital garden is being created in the west to supplement the existing Südpark.
Refurbishment and redesign of the central campus surfaces and underground car park
Reorganisation of the sports areas at the TU Campus Garching with new basketball court, beach volleyball courts, bouldering facility and table tennis
The Burgerspital with its inner courtyards is considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Bern. The large inner courtyard was created in the first half of the eighteenth century. It was remodeled several times in the nineteenth and twentieth century. There are only a few informative archival documents, which are now being interpreted atmospherically. The stringent basic architectonic form of the Baroque courtyard is being continued with clipped, high-trunk lindens alternating with potted plants and sunken squares of lawn.
The positioning of the new school building within the existing structure facilitates the design of a spacious, south-facing schoolyard, which is now framed by façades on three sides. What arises topographically is a careful play on two levels linked by seating steps with a view of the lake. The overall appearance of the existing planting has been enhanced by means of new plantings.
Redesign of the outdoor facilities in the course of the revitalisation of the listed monastery area
Within the substance of the cemetery that is worth protecting, basic elements like the striking avenue have been reinforced anew; the fields of flat graves, in contrast, have been rearranged. Seating areas with cedars invite contemplation. The eastern part has been supplemented with new forms of burial.
The redesign takes into account the legacy of Ernst Cramer: the formative concrete planter boxes, wall beds, and lawn theater have been retained. Spacious, park-like surroundings extend around the old trees so as to provide space.
As the headquarters of the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Foundation, Gottorf Castle houses the State Museum of Art and Cultural History and the State Archaeological Museum. Together with the surrounding castle island and the nearby baroque garden, it forms a scenic cultural centre with supraregional appeal in Schleswig on the Schlei.
The total volume was distributed over several buildings. On the one hand to adapt the plant to a human scale, on the other hand the building complex fits better into the existing building structures.
As part of the restructuring of the Berlin Zoo, geographical thematic focuses are being implemented. Together with zoologists, we are developing the new "Himalayan Mountainscape" with its characteristic animals, landscapes and habitats.
The newly designed open spaces consisting of a square for breaks, an entrance square, a parking lot, a sports area, and a kindergarten utilize the site in an optimal way thanks to a clever arrangement and make reference to the utilization areas in the new school building.
The renovation of the Cleric cantonal school resulted in the creation of additional school spaces. A loose grove of oak trees frames the open space consisting of clear zones for arriving and spending time. A seating landscape opens up a view of the school garden with its thematic gardens.
The Experimenta in Heilbronn has been expanded with a spectacular new building. Embedded in a serene, park-like landscape, a varied public square, from which steps lead down toward the water, stretches between the existing building and new Science Dome.
The new library in Heidenheim forms a unique, sculptural urban building block surrounded by a bright public square space and streetscape. Planted areas structure the elongated area of the public square by taking up the projections in the building silhouette.
We elaborated the different atmospheres of the two villa gardens. The sunny, extroverted garden captivates with its elevated terrace with a view of the lake. In the shady garden, intimate seating areas are embedded in sumptuous plantings of perennials.
The Ethnographic Museum has been given a new urban garden on top of the underground exhibition hall. Benches and lawn areas invite strolling and relaxing beneath a loosely planted grove of flowering trees.
The plain was once made usable by farmers through intensive drainage pipes. We have brought back the stream, which had been culverted in this way, and made it an identity-forming element of the area in a near-natural way.
New construction of triple sports hall with general classrooms, children's and youth centre and football pitch
The new retirement center, located directly in the center of Birmensdorf, blends harmoniously into the local fabric thanks to its dimensions and the surrounding green spaces. The garden is characterized by perennial, lawn and recreational areas.
In the course of the renovation of the nursing center, we adapted and upgraded the existing park-like garden to fulfill current requirements. A varied circular path connects the seating areas in the shade of existing or newly created groves of trees.
The eighteen-story university of applied arts is located at the train station. The roof garden on the fifth floor is the only green outdoor space for students. The design is derived from the hilly surrounding landscape with forests and meadows.
The school building accentuates the transition to the meadows. Its exterior spaces offer a wide range of locations for play and relaxing.
In order to improve the range of qualitatively high-value open spaces at the university, all of the remaining areas will be made able to be used more intensively. The inaccessible courtyard was opened up to become a passageway.
The university gardens are maintained by external horticultural companies. This service contract is put out to public tender every four years. We oversee this tender and the annual quality assurance for around 35 gardens in Zurich.
The former Baroque garden has been remodeled numerous times. One development was responsible for the destruction of the fruit grove while the ornamental garden was preserved as an open expanse. Archaeological digs confirmed the old scope of the garden but did not result in the discovery of any definite design principles.
The city was able to save the villa, which was slated for demolition, in the 1980s. In the enchanted garden, we have reproduced various elements that had been lost. The “eye” in the reconstructed lawn-covered circular bed integrates the underground library within the site as a whole.
We are pleased to have won the competition for the enlargement of the Children’s Hospital in Lausanne as part of the team of Ferrari architectes + GMP. The central element is a generous terrace from which it is possible to look out over the city to the lake.
With the planned enlargement of the Estrel Hotel by the firm Barkow Leibinger, Berlin is receiving its tallest building. Generous steps lead to the water and a loose planting of trees invites relaxing after an intensive day in the city!
With the simple church forecourt and the serenely designed inner courtyard, the Benedictine Engelberg Abbey receives a welcome complement to the picturesque, sublime alpine landscape.
Due to the densification in the ETH center area, new solutions for open spaces have to be created. For the new LEE building, we implemented these in the form of roof gardens with a southern flair.
Lines of trees and low hedges frame the school grounds. The outdoor space is functional, clearly arranged, and spaciously designed. It is structured into an entrance zone with an urban character with surfaces of asphalt and artificial materials and a soft lawn area, both connected by groups of trees.