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Old 21.01.2010, 21:25
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Re: Your favourite Swiss Building

I was reading about this building recently: The Emergency Services Building in St Gallen, designed by Santiago Calatrava in 1998.

It looks like a giant venus flytrap. Apparently the roof is moveable.



Calatrava also designed the Pfalzkeller entrance in the same city.



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Old 21.01.2010, 23:56
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Our house in La Tour-de-Peilz. Believe it or not, built in the late 1960's!
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Old 22.01.2010, 00:03
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Re: Your favourite Swiss Building

For a railway signal tower - kinda funky - wouldn't want to me near it in an electrical storm though...

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Old 22.01.2010, 00:38
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Our house in La Tour-de-Peilz. Believe it or not, built in the late 1960's!
An interesting example of International style. In the line of the Glass House in Connecticut:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_House

Eventually, that style reached a dead end.
It always amazes me to see that those architects that design those extravagant and futuristic things quite often live in 200 year old houses.

There was the "case study houses" in California where experimental houses (in the International style) were built all over. I went to look at a bunch of them. Quite interesting. There was a backlash and now builders only build mock Mediterranean houses.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Study_Houses

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Old 22.01.2010, 00:50
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Yes, it is a pity you do not see many of these anymore, as I believe a transparent glass box blends into nature best as it almost becomes 'invisible'. Or, the panes mirror the outside, again, with the same effect.
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Old 22.01.2010, 02:58
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Our house in La Tour-de-Peilz. Believe it or not, built in the late 1960's!
Very nice HDR pictures by the way. Just the right dynamic range, not overdone.
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Old 22.01.2010, 03:32
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An interesting example of International style. In the line of the Glass House in Connecticut:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_House

Eventually, that style reached a dead end.
It always amazes me to see that those architects that design those extravagant and futuristic things quite often live in 200 year old houses.

There was the "case study houses" in California where experimental houses (in the International style) were built all over. I went to look at a bunch of them. Quite interesting. There was a backlash and now builders only build mock Mediterranean houses.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Study_Houses
Great house for exhibitionists.
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Old 22.01.2010, 10:01
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Our house in La Tour-de-Peilz. Believe it or not, built in the late 1960's!

That is a fantastic house! I'm so jealous you get to live in it.

Do you know the who architect was?
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Old 23.01.2010, 12:55
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Sorry Mel, didn't see your question. I believe it was a Rene Pythoud.
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Old 24.01.2010, 21:57
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Apologies, if this has already been posted.


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A second museum designed by Mario Botta has just opened in the United States, bearing all the hallmarks of the world renowned Ticino architect.


http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/feature/Second_Botta-designed_museum_opens_in_the_US.html?cid=807662English Forum Switzerland - Reply to Topic0
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Old 24.01.2010, 23:10
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Hmmm! Maybe it is time for Botta to retire... (especially after the horror he erected in Milan)
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Old 25.01.2010, 06:23
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Hmmm! Maybe it is time for Botta to retire... (especially after the horror he erected in Milan)
No, no, no!! He's a genius, I tell you!! Who else could bring you such a magnificent bus stop?!?!?


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Old 25.01.2010, 07:06
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No, no, no!! He's a genius, I tell you!! Who else could bring you such a magnificent bus stop?!?!?


That cannot be him! Where is the trademark round brick tower???

Just kidding. Yeah, his TPL structure is pretty interesting.
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Old 31.05.2010, 15:06
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Re: Your favourite Swiss Building

Has anyone else been to the new Rolex Learning Centre at EPFL yet? I was there yesterday and it is a beautiful building. I love the way the floor undulates and how you can see the entire interior from just about anywhere inside the building. And of course, how from above it looks like a giant slice of cheese.

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Re: Your favourite Swiss Building

I love this house on Lake Lucerne by Philippe Stuebi. Built, believe it or not, 2005-07.

Groovy baby.



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Re: Your favourite Swiss Building

The BIZ tower in Basel has a certain comedy value.... reminds me of a turd in progress... just like capitalism in fact ;-)

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Has anyone else been to the new Rolex Learning Centre at EPFL yet? I was there yesterday and it is a beautiful building. I love the way the floor undulates and how you can see the entire interior from just about anywhere inside the building. And of course, how from above it looks like a giant slice of cheese.
Great looking building. I like the Swiss Cheese concept.

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Groovy baby.
Just need that big lottery win and I would be happy in a place like that
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Re: Your favourite Swiss Building

My money is on the Google offices in Zurich. Not much from the outside but inside they are a treasure trove of adventures.
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this is funny!
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