23/11/2018: Vernissage of "Dichtelust"

BHSF is taking part in the exhibition “Dichtelust” in the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel. It will be opened on

24/10/2018: Markus Schietsch at BHSF

11/10/2018: Esther Mathis // Axel Humpert @ Le Foyer

LE FOYER – IN PROCESS travels to current places of the contemporary art scene to talk with artists and their guests

5/10/2018: DAM Architectural Book Award for "The Noise Landscape"

The book “The Noise Landscape” has won an DAM Architectural Book Award 2018 and is thus one of the ten

12/9/2018: EMI at BHSF

(Talk in German) In der Reihe “Eraser” ist am 12.9. Christian Müller Inderbitzin (EMI Architekten) bei uns zu Gast. Er

10/9/2018: Completion Haus Fuchs

After one year on site we’ve completed our project at lake Zurich. With our intervention and fantastic clients we managed

Haus Fuchs

After one year on site we’ve completed our project at lake Zurich. With our intervention and fantastic clients we managed

23/8/2018: Contribution to "Städtebau der Normalität"

We are happy to have contributed to the book “Städtebau der Normalität”, published with DOM publishers. More information on the

23/8/2018: Appointment to the TU Munich

In October 2018, Benedikt Boucsein will be appointed Professor for Urban Design at the TU Munich. We are looking forward

22/8/2018: Mijong at BHSF

(lecture in German language) «Die andere Welt», so wird das Rhonetal oft von Besuchern bezeichnet. In diesem Vortrag definieren wir diesen

20/6/2018: "Schweizweit" exhibition opening in Hamburg

This summer, the AIT Architektursalon Hamburg will present the “Schweizweit” exhibition of the Swiss Architecture Museum. The exhibition will be

30/5/2018: paint it black

(Lecture in German Language) Am 30.5.2018 werden wir Reto Pfenninger und Tiago Sampaio bei den Werkstattgesprächen zu Gast haben. Unter dem

9/5/2018: Der Entwurf als gemeinsames Palimpsest

(lecture in German) Unserer Arbeitsweise entsprechend werden die meisten Spuren, die zu einem Projekt geführt haben, im Laufe der Zeit ausradiert

18/4/2018: nyx architectes at BHSF

NYX architectes will speak in the lecture series “Eraser” – the title of the talk is “A contextual story”. The

10/4/2018: Job at BHSF

Ab Mai 2018 oder nach Vereinbarung suchen wir zur Verstärkung unseres Teams eine/n Architekt/in für die Realisierung eines grossen, mischgenutzten

Architekt/in als BIM-Koordinator (ArchiCAD)

Ab Mai 2018 oder nach Vereinbarung suchen wir zur Verstärkung unseres Teams eine/n Architekt/in für die Realisierung eines grossen, mischgenutzten Umnutzungs- und Aufstockungsprojekts mit vielfältigen Wohnformen sowie Kultur- und Gewerbenutzungen auf dem Areal der ehemaligen Kehrichtverbrennungsanlage Warmbächliweg in Bern.

Als Architekt/in (ETH / Uni / FH) verfügen Sie bereits über mehrjährige Berufserfahrung, vorzugsweise in der Schweiz. Sie bringen sowohl ausgezeichnete konzeptionell-entwerferische als auch technisch-konstruktive Kenntnisse mit und haben ein Verständnis für deren gegenseitige Wechselwirkungen. Zudem haben Sie umfangreiche Erfahrung in der Planung und Umsetzung von anspruchsvollen Projekten in BIM mit ArchiCAD.

Sie bearbeiten Themenkomplexe selbstständig und zielorientiert und sind in der Lage technische, konstruktive, funktionale und typologische Aspekte eines Projekts sicher zu ordnen und in prägnanten Räumen umzusetzen. Sie sind motiviert und belastbar, bringen sich gerne in einem Projektteam aktiv ein und kommunizieren sicher mit externen Projektbeteiligten. Ihre ArchiCAD-Kenntnisse befähigen Sie, die Rolle eines BIM-Koordinators auszufüllen und die Verantwortung für das BIM-Modell eines komplexen Projekts zu übernehmen. Sie koordinieren den internen Arbeitsprozess, definieren BIM-Anforderungen und Work-Flows, pflegen das digitale Modell und entwickeln es proaktiv weiter.

Ausserdem übernehmen Sie zukünftig die Führung bei der Implementierung und Entwicklung von BIM-Prozessen im gesamten Büro. Sie entwickeln Template-Dateien, CAD-Standards und Manuals weiter. Sie begleiten und schulen die Mitarbeiter projektübergreifend und sorgen so für die Verankerung von CAD-/BIM-Knowhow.

Sehr gute Kenntnisse in Bildbearbeitung, Grafik und Projektadministration sowie deutsche Sprachkenntnisse setzen wir als selbstverständlich voraus.

Wir bieten eine informelle, aber professionelle Arbeitsatmosphäre, die Möglichkeit, an einem aussergewöhnlichen Projekt prägend mitzuarbeiten, sowie die Perspektive, langfristig an verantwortungsvoller Position in unserem Büro tätig zu sein und so dessen weitere Entwicklung mitzugestalten.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen mit Lebenslauf und Arbeitsproben per Email an:
info (at) bhsf.ch

16/3/2018: Camenzind Release in the Kunsthalle Zürich

On Friday, March 16th 2018, Camenzind #19 will be released – it will be the last issue of our magazine.

7/3/2018: Lütjens Padmanabhan at BHSF

“Curiosity killed the cat” Als wir uns selbstständig machten, begriffen wir, wie ausgesetzt und alleine wir als Architekten heute sind. Wir

5/3/2018: Award for "The Noise Landscape"

The book “The Noise Landscape” has been chosen as one of the 33 Best Dutch Book Designs. A panel of professional

16/2/2018: Completion commercial building Bremgarten

The second part of the plant in Bremgarten AG is finished and we got some very nice shots of the

2-3/11/2017: Symposium "Aerial Futures", Los Angeles

BHSF takes part at the Symposium “Aerial Futures” in Los Angeles. Theme of the Symposium is the future of aviation

German Pavilion, Venice Biennale

In 2015, we got into the final round of the German Pavillon in Venice with the proposal to transform the

Eraser

In the tenth series of the BHSF office talks, we will talk about the architectural project. Freely based on the

Proposal Swiss Pavilion, Venice

“Afield – In der Ferne” In Relation zur ihrer geografischen Ausdehnung und Einwohnerzahl ist der globale Einfluss der Schweiz erstaunlich gross:

Agrarcampus Jamu Mare, Romania

In the coming decades, ecological food production will become an increasingly important issue – on a global scale. It will become a necessity for agricultural reasons, because of market demand, and because it is beneficial for general health. At the same time, rural regions around the world will fundamentally be impacted by climate change, with unforeseeable results. It is this wider context that forms the background for the Jamu Mare project in the Banat region in western Romania.

The site, consisting of approximately 1000 ha of agricultural land, presently already serves ecological farming purposes. However, the site is underutilized and in need of modernization. A family from Switzerland has discovered the village of Jamu Mare and the large site south of it and decided to invest into its future. The vision of the family aims not only at the modernization and professionalization of the agricultural production, which includes wine, lucerne, grass-cover ley and winter wheat, and later on cattle, pig and horse production. It also includes a long-term investment into agricultural education in cooperation with the Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Timisoara. In addition to this, national and international tourists are to be drawn to the site, primarily because of the wine production. Thus, the project is a chance to turn Jamu Mare into a model for the rural future that is to come in the 21st century.

The project has started in fall 2017 and is in constant evolution. We have been commissioned with the urbanistic design of the site, but also with the architectural implementation. In addition, we pursue the goal of extending the scope of the project to the village of Jamu Mare and, subsequently, to the surrounding villages as well. We view the project as an example of the emerging discipline of Rural Design, a discipline that is dedicated to a holistic view of climate, local building culture, agriculture and architectural design.

Industrial and office building, Bremgarten

In an industrial area at the edge of the city of Bremgarten, an area that has incrementally grown during the

Study Schadaugärtnerei, Thun

Together with BRYUM and Zeugin Gölker Real Estate strategies, we have thought about the Future of the Schadaugärtnerei area in

Test Planning Vordere Breite, Schaffhausen

With an interdiscipinary team, BHSF takes part in the test planning of the “Vordere Breite” area in Schaffhausen.

7/9/2017: House Peacock shortlisted for Stephen Lawrence Prize

After being awarded with a RIBA National Award, House Peacock is one of six projects shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence

28/8/2017: Book "The Noise Landscape" released

The book “The Noise Landscape” is published in September 2017 by nai010 publishers. The publication extensively documents the noise-affected surroundings

The Noise Landscape. A Spatial Exploration of Airports and Cities

Aircraft noise is heard over a large territory, across heterogeneous urban areas and landscapes, and in multiple municipalities, provinces, even nations. As one of the key effects of airport operations, it fundamentally alters conditions on the ground far beyond the airport fence.

Around major hub airports, the combination of noise with the pull force of these key transport infrastructures shapes specific environments. These noise-affected spaces harbour peculiar forms of aviation-conditioned urbanity and play a crucial yet often underestimated role in their metropolitan regions. The growth of air travel has contributed to their worldwide emergence.

The Noise Landscape represents the first comprehensive study on these urbanized landscapes. Focusing on eight European case studies, it shows how Noise Landscapes developed into complex spatial and regulatory entities, through descriptions of their development and structure, photographic essays and maps. It gives a detailed and systematic account on how airplane noise affects urbanization on the ground. And it argues that Noise Landscapes are an invaluable resource for the future of our cities and an important design challenge for urban design in Europe and beyond.

Unsolicited application

Although no jobs are open at the moment, we are always interested in interesting spontaneous applications.

House Peacock, Aldeburgh

House Peacock is located on the outskirts of a small seaside town in Suffolk in a residential area, typically consisting

Güterstrasse 8, Berne

The transformation of the former warehouse of the Tobler Chocolate Factory is the geometrical and conceptual centre of the urban

Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop

Die Anlage des Josef Albers Museums mit dem Museum für Ur- und Ortsgeschichte befindet sich inmitten des für die Stadt

30/09/2016: Office building in Bremgarten is near completion

Our project for an office building in Bremgarten for JELD-WEN is now near completion. The scaffolding is being removed and the final works on the interior will be finished soon.

Brisgi, Baden

Das Brisgi-Areal hat seine Wurzeln in der Nachkriegszeit. Als die grossen Industrien expandierten, fanden die Arbeiter in den Kernstädten immer

Barracks Area conversion, Frauenfeld

The goal of the urban design ideas competition was to find urban and architectural ideas how to use the structures

Health Campus, Lausanne

The theme of the competition was a mixed- use development for a Health Campus in Lausanne. We chose an approach of creating a range of climatic zones, ranging from outside spaces over greenhouse-like in-between areas to regularly heated rooms in the centre of the buildings. In the lower part, big building blocks are created, while the part towards the forest is more open.

Architects

Ab dem 1. Juli 2017 suchen wir zur Verstärkung unseres Teams eine/n Projektarchitekt/in für die Ausführung eines Umbauprojekts für ein grosszügiges Einfamilienhaus in der Nähe von Zürich.

Als Architekt/in (ETH/Uni/FH) verfügen Sie bereits über Berufserfahrung in Projektierung und Ausführung, vorzugsweise in der Schweiz. Sie bringen sowohl ausgezeichnete konzeptionell-entwerferische als auch technisch-konstruktive Kenntnisse mit und haben ein Verständnis für deren gegenseitige Wechselwirkungen.

Sie bearbeiten Themenkomplexe selbstständig und zielorientiert und sind in der Lage technische, konstruktive, funktionale und typologische Aspekte eines Projekts sicher zu ordnen und in prägnanten Räumen umzusetzen. Sie sind motiviert und belastbar, bringen sich gerne in einem Projektteam aktiv ein und kommunizieren sicher mit externen Projektbeteiligten. Wir erwarten sehr gute Software-Kenntnisse in ArchiCAD, den gängigen Anwendungen in Bildbearbeitung, Grafik und Administration sowie sehr gute deutsche Sprachkenntnisse

Wir bieten eine informelle, aber professionelle Arbeitsatmosphäre, die Möglichkeit, ein aussergewöhnliches Projekt bis zur Fertigstellung zu leiten, sowie die Perspektive, langfristig an verantwortungsvoller Position in unserem Büro tätig zu sein und so dessen weitere Entwicklung  mitzugestalten.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen mit Lebenslauf und Arbeitsproben per Email an: info(at)bhsf.ch

Housing Complex, Winkel

The competition brief called for a transformation of the existing housing complex Tüfwis in Winkel, near the airport of Zurich.

Exhibition in Rotterdam

At the IABR (International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam), “The next economy” is dealt with in an exhibition and a number of

Total Recall

In the series “Total Recall”, we will talk about our guests’ places of origin. Only few people that live and work

Development study, Zurich

Im Rahmen der Arbeit am kommunalen Richtplan Siedlung, Landschaft, öffentliche Bauten und Anlagen hat die Stadt Zürich städtebauliche Entwicklungsstudien durchgeführt.

Inner-city living, Zurich, 3rd rank

The competition brief represents a typical case for the inner densification of Zurich that is presently strongly discussed. Also, the

Exhibition in the M:AI Gelsenkirchen

From October 18th to November 8th 2015, the exhibition “Vorstellung. Junge Schweizer Architekten” will take place in Gelsenkirchen. It is

Area development, Speicher

Subject of the competition was a currently vacant site in Speicher, canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden. The site is owned by the municipality and will be provided for a residential development – a typical “urban sprawl task” in the agglomeration of St. Gallen.

As a spine of the development, we suggested a vertically oriented internal space that allows easy orientation for residents and guests. It also releases the view into the countryside and the village in regular intervals, in particular towards the village church. The buildings are arranged so that the views for individual apartments is optimized. Also, the buildings also are grouped into individual “homesteads”, improving identification for the inhabitants with their living environment and creating an address that is easy to find for visitors.

The design works with the three different typological principles Townhouse, Apartment, and Duplex apartments with studios. The focus is on family-friendly forms of housing. The bases of all buildings are constructed in solid concrete. The upper floors are clad in a horizontally structured facade of prefabricated wooden elements alluding to local building traditions.

Intern

We are looking for an intern in our office in Zurich, starting from June 1st 2018 or by arrangement to work on building projects, competitions and studies ranging from the architectural to the urban scale.

The internship should last at least six months. Requirements are at least two years of architectural studies, high proficiency in drawing in CAD, image editing and graphic design, as well as good model making techniques. We expect precision, good communicative skills, proactive work, and the willingness to make an own contribution in a small and personal team.

Please send your application papers together with a cv and samples of your work to info (at) bhsf.ch

(Deutsch) Projektleiter/in

The Transporter

„Transportation is a precise business.” (from Transporters 3) In the eighth series of the BHSF office talks, we are interested

24/2/2015: Kamenzind/Camenzind nominated for Swiss Art Award

Camenzind and its sister magazine in Belgrade, Kamenzind, have been nominated for the Swiss Art Award 2015 in the category “Communication of Architecture”. The Jury and exhibition will take place in June 2015.

Study Commission Meinen-Area, Berne, 2nd rank

New Center Leutschenbach, Zurich, 10th Rank

For the dense 50’000 sqm development, the competition brief called for a differntiated, urban environment – but it was to

Quellengarten, Aarau

The housing cooperative Graphis announced a competition for a new development according to MINERGIE-P-ECO standards with in total 39 apartments

Development Plan, Berne

After winning the Ideas competition in 2012, BHSF and Christian Salewski were commissioned with working out a development plan for the site. After having completed the first part, which will serve as a basis for submissions to potential developers, the second step will be taken by the end of 2014. The urban planning document is supported by more detailed studies about Landscape, the existing Güterstrasse 8 building, and Infrastructure.

On the site of around 22’000 sqm, 500-600 people will live and a further 200-250 people work upon completion. In total, 40’000 square meters of floor space will be realised on the site, which corresponds to a utilisation factor of 1.8. This means that the area will be built up with approximately double the density of the surrounding neighbourhoods. To serve this increased population, a supermarket as well as a kindergarten will also be realised. Currently, the former waste incineration plant is due for demolition.

A building that was originally not part of the waste incineration site will be re-used – the former storehouse of the Tobler Chocolate Factory, built in 1966. The high, deep spaces of this robustly constructed building have ideal preconditions for an uncomplicated transformation. Its upper storeys will mainly be converted into apartments in a large variety of types.

All buildings are grouped around a central courtyard. It will be enlivened both by the inhabitants of the area and the quarter, continuing the logic of the broad, mixed-use streets that can be found in the neighbouring industrial area.

Eight Theses on Architecture

1. The language of the city is grey, and it differs from city to city. Out of this language, the ‘point of origin’ is found, to which architecture can connect.

2. Both architecture and the city are there to be used. The reinforcement of situations and the creation of new ones where necessary are at least as important as a formal architectural quality.

3. Prosaic projects decide the fate of the city. Radical thinking must also address the ordinary tasks that would normally pass under the radar of architectural debate.

4. Architecture is not a static, detached discipline. Before the contract, society decides on architecture‘s room to manoeuvre, so architecture must take an active role in the societal opinion-forming process.

5. Architectural autonomy is an illusion that hinders constructive architectural discourse and isolates architecture from society.

6. The essence of architecture resides between the old and the new, preservation and progression, rediscovery and new combinations. It creates by drawing from an extensive pool, and its duties change only negligibly.

7. Every architectural concept requires both intellectual and technical translation. Ultimately, space, materiality and details decide the quality and credibility of architecture.

8. Architecture should be able to endure self-criticism, not take itself too seriously, and keep seeking the unfamiliar.

Exhibition in the Swiss Architecture Museum

In 2014, the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel (S AM) celebrates its 30th anniversary. The exhibition “Orientations”, curated by S

Expendable(s)

(1) expendable = disposable, unimportant, superfluous, dispensable, excess (2) The Expendables, USA 2010, Director: Sylvester Stallone, Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Stratham,

Sauna On Wheels

Right in time for the cold snap: The “Sauna On Wheels” was put up in a private garden with direct acces

"Towards a Productive Relationship between Society and Architectural Practice: An Approach"

Taking a closer look, the identity crisis that emerged around the turn of the last century of architecture as a profession is not a crisis but rather a reluctance to accept a new phase in the relationship between architecture and society. One can leave to sociology the question of how this society precisely works. However, we are interested in the fact that society seems to be a much more fragmented entity than ever before.

As Peter Sloterdijk has pointed out metaphorically, contemporary society is made up of a large number of spheres that are only partially connected. The whole arrangement is comparable to a foam structure.[1] In this organization, some social spheres touch in the sense that they have common cultural norms, but some are also totally disconnected from each other. This structure stands opposed to earlier forms of society that were unified under a sphere of common understanding. In these societies, all the different factions of society shared common norms. There was a basic acceptance and understanding between the different parts of society, and fragmentation was very limited.

Three Main Challenges

With regard to architecture and urbanism, at least three important facts result from this state of society. The first one concerns technology. Through specialization inside the spheres and synthesis between them, technology has advanced much faster than society and the individual mindset can cope with. The digital revolution is in fact a revolution in the sense that it rapidly changes and galvanizes society. And while architecture was at the forefront of technology when its advance was limited and generally understood by the profession, this gap is now also quite apparent in multiple ways: in some cases, technology runs parallel to or is totally detached from design; in other cases, it dominates design. Almost as a rule, moreover, ambitiously applied technology is mostly outdated only a few years after a building has been conceived.

The second important fact concerns how architecture is communicated and perceived in society. A fragmented society does not cater to homogenous demands of how architecture should treat public space and to what criteria its formal appearance should conform. Even if sometimes there seems to be a consensus, it usually changes much faster than the buildings do, outdating them. Thus, it seems that even if some architects claim to build in the one and only way for our society, this is a trick they play on their clients, on themselves and their employees.

The third fact concerns the importance of the built environment as something to be analyzed. In contrast to the centuries before, we are not confronted with a nature to be tamed and discovered any more. Nor do we live in cities whose invisible workings are so simple and generally known that the results seem self- evident to us. Rather, we are facing a mostly anthropologically coined environment that we have created ourselves but rarely understand the mechanisms of, let alone know how to control. In contrast to the centuries before, when we look at our cities, they give us no obvious clues about the mechanisms behind their appearance. And they also do not give us many clues about how their production is to be carried forward. This effect can be felt on many levels, for example in view of the simple fact of mass-production and globalization: the production patterns as well as styles of urban buildings usually reach far beyond the local context.

Architecture and Society

A first major decision in this very complex situation is to stick to the term architecture and to our self-description as architects. The past shows that both term and profession are at once resistant and adaptable. The image that society may have of architects can thus be playfully dealt with, because stubbornly sticking to an old-fashioned image of the architect could in turn prove tactically and intellectually dangerous.

The second decision is to take another seemingly ambiguous term – society – and engage with it. Society was and is the context to which everything, including architecture, is related. Society is what brings clients and architects together, caters towards tax money being put in competitions, and creates niches where young architects can create their own office. Architecture cannot exist without society, and it is responsible for the spaces in which architecture takes place.

Concerning the engagement with society, two alternatives stand out: That of the avant-garde rebel and that of the well-integrated man working out from the middle of society. During a seminar week with students from Zurich in Paris, we took a closer look at the apartments of two representative architects from both sides of the spectrum, Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier. What we observed in the apartments confirmed what we had already sensed in the urbanistic ideas of the two architects. While Le Corbusier’s apartment, despite its conceptual clarity, has an oppressive, pedantic and unindulgent atmosphere, Auguste Perret’s apartment, conceptually equally clear, breathes an air of liberty, tolerance and enjoyment. Materials are more restrained and user-friendly in application, the floor plan is self-explanatory and of a stunning simplicity, the rooms are clearly and unpretentiously cut, and most of all the windows grant a lavish view of the city – all of these properties are carried out in quite the opposite way in Le Corbusier’s apartment. Perret’s apartment is not only a place not only groomed to the purpose of functioning perfectly in one’s own profession, but a place where one can work as well as debate, dance, drink and laugh. While Le Corbusier created a place representing one personality, Perret’s apartment is a place where one can move freely also when being someone else than Auguste Perret – it is self-explanatory and can be adjusted by the user, for example through positioning furniture in one’s own fashion, something that seems to be impossible in Le Corbusier’s apartment. The Perret apartment is universal, welcoming and adaptive. This point is quite ironic considering that most of all architects Le Corbusier seemed to be throughout most of his career to aim at a modern architecture “to end all architecture,” an architecture that left no open questions, no ambiguities.

Clearly, we prefer Perret’s position. Architecture should open up itself to society. One should feel free to move inside of it. And with the exception of certain moments, the architecture of a building should stay in the background. Doing this in the present is not easy, because the situation is so complex. In trying to be a “contemporary Perret,” some architects choose to emulate the past in stylistic terms, a move that we judge as fruitless. Also, we do not want to run with what the press and developers like, for example with an architecture parlante that at first glance seems to please investors and feuilletons alike. Rather, it seems to us that carrying the attitude of Auguste Perret into the present demands an engagement with the foam structure of our society. This explains why we as an architectural office engage in multiple ways with society.

Ways of Engaging with Society

We view our reaction to today’s challenges not as a dogmatic, true and idealistic, but rather as an ongoing experiment. Our practice is a form of applied research that we constantly evaluate and revise. While the overall leverage of what we are doing right now is limited, we constantly aim to keep a balance between increasing the leverage and reflecting on the results.

Regarding the gap between technology and society, we claim if architecture is to be an accomplice to something, it should be an accomplice to the human being, not the technology. It is sensible that certain parts of the building process prioritize efficiency so that the benefits of industrialization can exceed simply serving technology as a goal in itself. But architecture’s widespread old-fashionedness is not entirely negative. We regard with suspicion tendencies to implement what is happening on a technological scale directly to architecture. This is not because we are enemies of progress: quite the contrary. But as society and individuals are often overwhelmed by the rapid advancement of technology, it is advisable to stick to things that seem to be old-fashioned at first glance. We apply this stance to the production process of architecture as well as to spatial and conceptual configurations.

Instead of blindly serving the latest trends in urbanism and technology, architects should emphasize reflection and observation. Reflecting the zeitgeist is in our opinion an inappropriate use of architecture and its prospects. Also, if talking about sustainability in a broader context than just technological gadgets, we think that such an approach could truly make the most of the resources we have at hand.

To describe our stance as conservative would however be wrong. There is nothing we want to conserve for its own sake. Rather, we cater towards what Claus en Kaan Architecten describe as “high theory, low practice.”[2] Ambitiously building for today’s society does not necessarily mean implementing a super- advanced practice, but rather being realistic about what the users of architecture can cope with and also what the people involved in the building process are able to implement. In terms of perception architecture should speak to both the users and the professional world. It should not speak over the heads of the users or adapt to their needs contradictorily.

Camenzind, our magazine, has the goal of actively linking up architecture with society, thus touching the second important fact stated above. With Camenzind, we aim at reaching across boundaries of understanding that are obstructive in the present situation. Architecture apparently isn’t self-evident any more–so, we give evidence. In placing Camenzind between popular architecture magazines such as Dwelling or Living at home on the one side and theoretical magazines on the other side, we attempt to bring issues that are important to architects across to non- architects. Since today people are confronted with large amounts of information, we chose the medium of a printed, colourful and humorous magazine to make the approach easier.

Communicating about the built environment is also a goal of the BHSF office talks regularly taking place in our office space. Every three weeks, our office turns into a forum for ideas. Architects present their work in progress and their thoughts about it and share it in a lively discussion with the audience. While Camenzind aims at talking about architecture in a wider circle, the office talks are kept small to enable an intimate discussion and keep it from becoming a mere show. There is no recording, no twittering, no blogging, no streaming of what is taking place in our office at those evenings. Rather, they are only about the moment of the discussion, resulting in a salon-like atmosphere with both speakers and audience saying things they would otherwise not say.

Our past and ongoing academic research assesses the third important fact that was pointed out at the beginning of this text, namely that we live in an anthropologically coined environment that is hard to understand in its appearance and mechanisms. For us, the most important challenge in architectural and urban research is to decipher the mechanisms that form our built environment and clearly show these mechanisms in a commonly understandable way. Indirectly this caters also towards a better understanding of architecture and urbanism both by architects and non-architects. The research about Grey Architecture – the everyday architecture of the German post-war reconstruction after 1945 that Benedikt Boucsein extensively researched in his dissertation – is one of the first results of this approach, where the question of “why do our cities appear the way they do” is taken into serious consideration. The ensuing publication[3] has positively resonated both among architects and non-architects.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we think that engaging with society opens up a variety of possibilities, of which we have touched upon only a few. Other practices touch these limits in their own specific ways, and we very much enjoy exchanging positions and methods with others. For us, it is interesting to note that with working the way we do, we are becoming much more relaxed regarding an assumption that has always slightly bothered us during our studies: that what will differentiate our young practise from that of our teachers has to lie in the realm of formal expression. Not that we do not care about formal expression: it is something that we regard as highly as the other factors in architecture that are still significant as they were in the times of Vitruvius. The time of forced formal evolution has passed. Formal self-evidence is not a holy grail but something that is relative. The knowledge that we have to be neither avant-garde radicals or reactionary conservatives, and that we can deal with formal issues in our own way without tension, liberates us.

 

References

[1.] Peter Sloterdijk, Schäume: [plurale Sphärologie], (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2004).

[2.] Charles Rattray and Claus and Kaan, “High Theory and Low Practice,” Architectural Research Quarterly, No. 2, (1997): 26-37.

[3.] Benedikt Boucsein, Graue Architektur. Bauen im Westdeutschland der Nachkriegszeit. (Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, 2010).

Inner-City Living, Berne, 1st rank

In the future about 600 people will live, and about 250 people will work, on the site of the recently

Restaurant, Bremgarten

This project is part of the wider revitalization of an airfield in southwestern Germany. Besides the construction of a new

Urban Manufacturing / Manufacturing the Urban

In the context of the international congress reart:theurban ( www.rearttheurban.org ), Zurich-based entrepreneurs, supported by local architects, have transformed their

Exhibition "Magazine Library", Tokyo

Camenzind is part of the 10th “Magazine Library”. Since its launch in March of 2009 the travelling ‘Magazine Library’ exhibitions have

School and Kindergarten, Mühleberg

The  school complex Mühleberg in Allenlüften is continued volumetrically, and the already heterogeneous group of characteristic roofs added to. Since children in Kindergarten and Primary School need “caves” (Hans Scharoun) that offer warmth and clarity, each group is offered such a space. They are accessed by individual cloakrooms, which further strengthens the sense that these are“caves”. The cloakrooms also serve as an acoustic barrier between classroom and hall. The floor plan enables a multitude of room configurations, and the building can also be adapted to changing long-term requirements.

The balconies expand the classroom space into the exterior and offer space to play, tinker and plant. The balconies also serve as a fire escape, shade the interior and cover the Kindergarten area on the ground floor. Energy consumption of the building is reduced through the compact volume and the avoidance of thermal bridges. Sun energy is collected passively by the façade and actively by photovoltaic panels. The generous windows also enable optimal use of daylight for the classes. Natural lighting is steered over sensors and supplemented by artificial lighting. Using these kinds of energy saving structures, radiators can be omitted.

Due to the special form of the roof, rainwater flow is concentrated in a few points. This combines with the rectangular form of the courtyard, which results in a roof geometry that creates a dialogue with the other roofs of the complex. The roof is also reminiscent of the distant Jura mountains.

Aircraft Hangar, Bremgarten

The site for the new hangar is a small airport in southern Germany. It stands in direct proximity to buildings

Loft, Zurich

In an apartment building from the 19th century, situated on the slopes above the Main Station, the attic was extended

Swiss Art Award for Communication of Architecture, Basel

The Swiss Federal Award for Art is the oldest and most renowned art competition in Switzerland. It was awarded for

Ghostbusters

From June 30th, 2012 until January 1st, 2013, the sixth series of the BHSF office talks will take place. The

Research project, Dortmund

The research project “Urbanism of Normality – On the reconstruction of urban quarters in the Ruhr Region” will take place

Exhibition "Archizines", London

5.11.2011-14.12.2011, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London (GB), Front Member’s room. As one of 60 Magazines, Camenzind takes part in the

"A new age for East Africa's Architecture"

Essay in German language.

"Hard hat and Cloud Cockoo Land"

Essay in German language.

Camenzind #9 / ANZA #1

The ninth issue of Camenzind was issued in fall 2011, together with a local team in Dar es Salaam/Tansania under the name “ANZA”. The team now pursues the project ANZA independently.

Embassy, Nairobi

The proposed building divides the plot’s uneven geometry into courtyard and garden as well as a circulation part outside of the perimeter. Through the position of the entrances, person flows as well as the representative sequence are subdivided in a functional and simple way. To coherently  integrate the building, which is in most parts a functional office building, into the parklike landscape, a hybrid type is proposed: A “working villa” with two stories over a plinth which is partly integrated into the soil. The underlying order, which is economical and strict, is integrated with nature and park through a second layer.

Workshop, Dar es Salaam

Due to the major growth of its cities, East Africa is facing serious urban and architectural challenges. Congestion, illegal construction,

Teaching and Type

In recent years, the conditions of architectural production have changed radically. Architectural education is supposed to prepare the future architects

Walk, Essen

24.9.2012, Start at the Forum Kunst und Architektur, Essen (D) 14.00. During a two-hour architecture walk, the “Grey Architecture” of Essen’s city centre will be examined. This Grey Architecture of the 1950s and 1960s is very important for the image of German Cities, yet despite its ubiquity it has not been treated extensively in criticism and research. This is surprising, since these buildings represent a huge proportion of the buildings being renovated and are intriguing structures in many ways.

Renovation single-family home, Zurich

Situated on the Zürichberg and erected around 1940, the single-family home has later been extended in two stages. Nevertheless, since

True Lies

From June 29th, 2011 until March 16th, 2012, the sixth series of the BHSF office talks will take place. In

Inner-city living, Stuttgart, 6th rank

Through its characteristic perimeter blocks composed of freestanding buildings, Stuttgart’s Western part obtains its unique and consistent character. To relate

Camenzind #8

Articles in english:
– Another Shitty Day in Paradise (Foreign Architects Switzerland)
– Zurich, Prostitution Paradise? (OMNIBUS)
– Japanese in Switzerland (Souhei Imamura)

Articles in german:
– Fiat 126P – Eine spekulative Collage (Wiktoria Furrer)
– Was sind die paradiesischen Eignungen der Schweiz? (R.G.)
– Ein Freilichtmuseum städtischer Gegenwart (Gregor Harbusch)
– Im Ernst: gründen wir eine Stadt (Michael Kraus)
– Matali Crasset (Axel Langer)
– Vom Secondo zum Primo (Patrick Maisano)
– Wider das heutige Bauen (Re- print) (Martin Mosebach) + Replik!
– Der Garten Eden (Robert Schulze)
– Das erste Projekt. Interview mit Patric Furrer und Andreas Jud

Foyer Building, Hamburg, 1st rank

MAN has had a factory presence at the Hachmann pier since the beginning of the 20th century. This area is

Parking Garage, Wiesbaden, 1st Prize

Wiesbaden’s historic centre is one of the few city cores in Germany that was not severely damaged during World War

"On restraining individual creativity"

Essay in German language.

Workshop, Dar es Salaam

In 2010 a workshop dealing with the city structure of Dar es Salaam was undertaken over a period of two weeks. It was hosted by the Goethe Institute in Dar and organized by the Institute for International Urbanism at the TU Stuttgart and led by Gunter Klix, Annika Seifert and Benedikt Boucsein. The main themes discussed amongst a group of local participants and architecture students from Stuttgart were infrastructure, actors and architecture.

Campus, Giessen

The technical college of Giessen-Friedberg will be renamed ‘The Institute of Technology Mittelhessen’ in the near future and aims to establish itself in the international field. For this, the campus is to be renovated and expanded. Since the renovation will take place during a general service, the existing buildings are to be the starting point of the urban concept. Great care was given to make sure that not only the final result, but also intermediate results would have good urban qualities. These building’s volumes are kept compact and economical, and parking spaces are positioned below the buildings, thus keeping the sealed surface small. Biking and walking are encouraged through the landscape with designated routes and the positioning of bicycle stands.

Back to the Future

From April 13th, 2010 until January 18th, 2011, the fourth series of the BHSF office talks will take place. During the

Renovation multi-family home, Zurich

The multi-family house from the 1950s had undergo a major modernization. Kitchens and bathrooms and staircase had to be modernized,

Grey Architecture. Building in postwar western Germany

The West German Grey Architecture of the 1950s and 1960s has had a decisive impact on how German cities look,

Villa, Udligenswil

For the modernization of the single family home, a transformation of the house’s character into the present is proposed. The entrance, which presently is very cramped, is to be upgraded by moving the stairs into the interior and minimally modifying the position of the kitchen and the guest restroom. Through the introduction of skylights, the bedroom area is given an individual character. Dressing room and bathroom are united to form a generous area, separated through a glass pane.

In the back part of the house, a patio is added, which upgrades the working area in a relevant way, creating a concentrated and private atmosphere. A room lying further back into the slope can be used as a guest room or a home cinema and is equipped with an own bathroom. Since the building is normally accessed directly by car, the basement is upgraded as well.

Camenzind #7

Articles in english:
A duck is not a city – Christian Salewski
On the turn of architecture – Tim Kammasch
Words in Postwar Architecture – Laurent Stalder

 

Articles in german:
Ich sehe schwarz – Philipp Zaugg
Architekt und Ingenieur – Werner Buob
CCTV towers – Jeanette Beck
Fiat Uno 1 – Benedikt Boucsein

Cultural Centre, Gstaad, 3rd Prize

The new cultural centre, situated beside the Palace Hotel, is set to be the new architectural landmark of Gstaad. The

City Museum, Kassel

The extension of the museum clarifies the postition of the building within its urban environment. The angulated disposition of the

Multi-family house, Zurich

Planing and realization of a multi-story dwelling with 4 units in Zurich. Completed at the end of 2010. private commission Preconditions

Hope

From May 29th, 2009 until January 12th, 2010, the third series of the BHSF office talks will take place.  The

Exibition hall and administration, Düsseldorf

The new headquarter for the korean company Doosan in Düsseldorf-Monheim is situated directly at the banks of the river Rhine. The project is clearly divided into the exhibition hall for construction machinery and the administration in the upper two floors facing the Rhine. The office space is organized around two courtyards. The conference rooms are situated in the back of the administration on the first floor, visually connected to the exhibition hall by large windows.

City extension, Dietikon, Honourable Mention

Moving to an area like the Niderfeld, the suburbanite usually looks for four important features: a) a garden to sit

Camenzind #6

Content:

Schiffe im Mond – Robert Schulze
Die Schweiz wird zerstört Interview mit Hans Kollhoff – Weltwoche
L`idea dellella citta – Anna Weber
Kennt ihr eigentlich die «brasilianische schweiz»? – P. Stubenrauch
Blurry Renoir Debussy – Luzia Budminger
Adolf Loos: Die Frau und Das Haus – Sophie Hochhäusl
Interview with j. N. Habraken – Jeanette Beck, Benedikt Boucsein
Le Corbusier la villa la roche – Laura j Gerlach
Slowakische Zwischenkriegszeit und Neues Bauen – Silvia Radlinsky
Traurige Moderne und Typen abgeglittener Art – Markus Podehl

Public Buildings, Vaduz

The project absorbs the dense structure of the surrounding development. The generous staircase within establishes a constant relationship to the town hall of Vaduz on the opposite side of the main square.
The office floors are double loaded, divided by a generous corridor. According to the alignment and the exposition of the building the depth of the office space varies. The optimized service core is situated in the shaded east part of the floors. This compact layout allows the highest possible flexibility and the abandonment, from the energy point of view, of the suboptimal recessed floor.

Die Hardstrasse

From August 26th, 2008 until March 10th, 2009, the second series of the BHSF office talks will take place.

Grey Architecture

Grey Architecture – defined in this thesis for the first time – stands for the everyday architecture that was produced in large quantities from 1945 to the beginning of the 1960s in western Germany, following the destruction wreaked by World War II. The primary goal of this thesis was to develop an architectural definition of Grey Architecture by means of an analysis of its historical as well as its structural properties. For this, a typical sample is examined on several scales: Viehhofer Street Number 28, a building in the city centre of Essen, together with 22 neighbouring buildings located in two blocks.

Part I examines the specific conditions and guiding principles out of which Grey Architecture developed. It starts by describing the existing building culture, the roots of which date back to 19th century Germany’s period of industrialization. This is followed by an investigation of the specific implications of the World War II bombings for the perception of the urban environment. Subsequently, the client’s requirement profiles and expectations are discussed, which were mainly determined by intense financial restrictions  coupled with acute time pressure. Architects who were contracted by these clients followed a specific architectural approach which was characterized by an education primarily oriented towards craftsmanship and pragmatism. In addition, they were influenced by the often only rudimentary control that city authorities were able to exert over the redevelopment of the city structure. The last two chapters deal with the specific growth patterns of this Grey Architecture as a result of these initial conditions and how this style aged from the end of the 1960s onwards.

Part II gives a specific architectural analysis of Grey Architecture with regard to its urban properties, its vocabulary and its composition. For each of these factors, comparisons are made with the contemporary architecture of the avant-garde. It emerges that a layering – as opposed to a synthetically composed – combination of citations and contextual influences is decisive for the specific appearance of Grey Architecture. Such layering, manifested in a multitude of variations, can be demonstrated in all the examples that are analyzed.

Based on the findings of the first two parts, Part III contextualizes Grey Architecture in several ways: in terms of systematization, it is claimed that, because it is neither a type nor a style, Grey Architecture can be identified as a mode – a specific way of producing architecture. Thus, its emergence was part of a strong differentiation of architectural possibilities in the course of modernization. This leads to the finding that Grey Architecture can be regarded as an integral part of modernity; an assumption which is further backed by the fact that this architecture actually met most modernist demands and is based on modern principles. The concluding chapter further elaborates this fact by comparing Grey Architecture to its predecessors, its prototypes and its successors.

PhD by Benedikt Boucsein at the ETH Zurich, Examinator Prof. Dr. Andreas Tönnesmann, Co-examinator Miroslav Sik.

Interview with Felix Claus

Interview in German language.

Appartment blocks, St. Gallen, 2nd Rank

The scheme for the residential development on the outskirts of the inner city of St. Gallen integrates harmonically with the

Extension, Essen

The existing building is situated in the centre of a mid-size former industrial park, now a business park owned by the client. The scheme aims at not only an extension of office space but also the revaluation of the whole enssemble. The two additional floors were conceived as the figurehead of the “Alexanderpark”.
An costly change in the existing structure would not be necessary as it was originally designed for much heavier loads. The extension is a steel construction with a jutted curtain wall.

Dental Practise, Duisburg

Since the late 70s Dr. Popov has been working as a dentist in Duisburg Wanheim. In the next few years

Renovation apartment building, Zurich

The apartment building comprises of five flats as well as a generous roof terrace with a beautiful view of the

Gymnasium, Garching

It is assumed that the new gymnasium in Garching will play a fundamental role in the city’s public life as it is shared by the local sports clubs, almost all schools and individual citizens. Therefore the design clearly focused on the creation of a public building and site that reflects its importance to the city. The design of the landscape was very important to the success of the whole project.

The prefabricated steel framework is screwed onto the bedplate in a conventional span width, whereas the big span width of the sports hall is bridged by trussed beams. The stiffening is done by the floor slabs and the cladding.

Walk, Zurich

Seeking to conduct an unusual architecture walk, BHSF, in collaboration with David Ganzoni, worked out a tour through the re- and unbuilt Zurich. The walk  focused mainly on projects near the lake. LOOK! YOU CANNOT SEE IT, IT’S NOT THERE! was an experimental way of examining the city from another angle. In spring 2005, a group of students and professors from the architecture academy of Arnhem was led through the city to the sites of non-existent buildings for which only postcards of the projects served as souvenirs.

Sneg Idjot

From November 15th, 2007 until March 15th, 2008, the first series of the BHSF office talks will take place.

Talks by BHSF

12.6.2012, TU Darmstadt, 6 pm “Dienstag Abend Club” 13.12.2011, Architekturforum, Berne (CH) 7 pm 1.12.2011, Architekturforum, Zurich (CH) 7pm 14.9.2011, Architekturforum, Zurich (CH)

Camenzind #5

Content:

Berlin vollendet – Nele Dechmann, Adrian König, Rebecca Lehmann
Mehr Grössenwahn – Stefan Kurath
Grr – Anna Weber
Camenzind Homestory – Marion Maisano, Patrick Maisano
Bunker – Heike Zieher
Brauchen wir ästhetische Bildung oder die Revolution? – L.Lachauer
Triebkraft Grössenwahn – Tim Seidel
Ein solides Fundament für den Wahn – Annette Berger
Im Jenseits der Architektur – Benedikt Boucsein
Deregulierte Retrospektive – Markus Podehl
Architraktat – Hilmar J Bucher

Festival Hall, Trin, 2nd Prize

The gymnasium in Trin is revaluated by extending the existing building with a stage and a foyer, turning it into

Camenzind #4

Content:

Karl K.: Ich war ein Massy – Anonym
Die zarte Elena und ihr «Makedonischer Helm» – Ludmila Priogova
Meditativer Minimalismus – Hans Pimpp
Wie wohnen wir, wie wohnen andere? – Axel Humpert
Neu und grob – Tim Seidel
Brazilian Passion – Cecilia de Souza Zugaib
LiebevollWohnen Tipps – Marion Hofstetter, Patrik Maisano
Wondercrump – Anna Weber
Zwischen Vernunft und Traumwelt – Henry Wu

Camenzind #3

First of all, admittedly our title is stolen from the „Auto Tuning Magazine“ – the centerfold is meant as a compensation for that. But Performance is not only important for Car Tuning Freaks.

It plays an increasingly dominant role in a multitude of branches. But it is almost never discussed if Performance as a principle is positive, negative, productive, or counterproductive. People generally agree that the pressure to perform is increasing. Hard times seem to be dawning, with increasing effects on the individual’s personal agenda. And at the end of the pathetic, motivational “You are Germany” TV-Spots, the recipe for a sick country is stated to be the individual’s performance.

Camenzind #2

Content:

Morskoj Promenad, Selenagradsk – Markus Podehl
Stadt mit Mauer – Annika Seifert
Das Schattenzentrum – Benedikt Boucsein
Das Blob-Problem – Matthias Uhr
Form und Funktion – Kristian Tersar
Mies Meets Wright – Dipl. Ing. Bert Seidel
Fassadenkritik – Tim Seidel
Bildbeiträge – Bene Redmann

Camenzind #1

Content:

Architektur und Langeweile – Markus Podehl
Knochenmeditation – Nazario Branca
Müssen Architekten nie? – Philipp Stubenrauch
Karten zeichnen – Anna Weber
Housefucking, ein Interview – Axel Humpert
Die Stadt ist rechtwinklig – Mathias Uhr
Willkommen in der Zone – Benedikt Boucsein
JA – Nele Dechmann
Manifest – Benedikt Boucsein, Axel Humpert, Tim Seidel

Office

BHSF is an architectural partnership based in Zurich, Switzerland that practices architecture and urbanism. It is the aim of the office to work in the full breadth of both of these fields, in practical as well as theoretical respects, in competitions as well as the everyday tasks, and on all scales.

Up to now BHSF has completed a dental practice in Duisburg/D, a multi-family house and multiple renovations and extensions in Zurich, a single-family house in Aldeburgh/UK, and an airplane hangar in Southern Germany. Current projects include a production hall in the Canton of Aargau, a villa in Zollikon as well as the transformation of the former waste incineration plant in Berne into a quarter for living and working. Since the foundation in 2005, BHSF has had success in several competitions, most notably the first prize for the parking garage in Wiesbaden.

Besides practical design and building activity, office talks on a broad range of subjects are held regularly in the office. BHSF is also active in teaching and research at the FHNW in Basel and the ETH Zurich.

Presently our team consists of eight persons. You’ll find some of them in this gallery.

Projects

Currently planned/in realization:

– Villa, Zollikon (2016-2018)

– Renovation, Küsnacht (2014-2018)

Mixed-use building Güterstrasse, Berne (2017-)

 

Built projects:

– Commercial Building Jeld Wen, Bremgarten (2014-2017)

Villa Peacock, Suffolk (UK) (2014-2016)

– Airplane Hangar near Freiburg (D) (2010-2012)

– Loft extension, Zurich (2011-2012)

– Several Renovations in Zurich (2008-2012 )

– Renovation Zürichberg Villa, Zurich (2011)

– Multi-family home in Zurich (2009-2010)

– Renovation of a dental practice, Duisburg (D) (2009)

 

Competition Awards:

– Study Commission Meinen-Area, Berne, 2nd Rank (2015)

– New Center Leutschenbach, Zurich, 10th Prize (2015)

Warmbächliweg area, Berne, First Prize, 2012

– Olga area, Stuttgart (D), Ex-aequo Sixth Prize, 2011

MAN reception Building, Hamburg (D), First Prize, 2011

Parking garage Coulinstrasse, Wiesbaden (D), First Prize, 2011

Cultural centre „Les Arts“, Gstaad, Ex-aequo Third Prize, 2010

Europan 10, Dietikon, Honorable Mention, 2010

Untere Ruckhalde, St. Gallen, Second Prize, 2008

Multi-purpose hall, Trin, Second Prize, 2008

 

Position Papers:

“Eight Theses on Architecture” (2014)

– “Towards a Productive Relationship between Society and Architectural Practice: An Approach”(2012)

– “Hard hat and Cloud Cockoo Land – Concrete Utopia as an Approach” (german, 2012)

– On Restraining Individual Creativity (german, 2010)

– Interview with Felix Claus (german, 2009)

 

Awards:

– Shortlist Stephen Lawrence Prize, 2017

– RIBA National Award, 2017

– RIBA East Award 2017

– Honorable Mention Zumtobel Group Award 2012 (with Camenzind)

– Swiss Federal Award for Communication of Architecture 2012 (with Jeanette Beck)

– Nomination Swiss Federal Award 2010 (with Jeanette Beck)

 

Exhibitions:

– «Ins Land aus Land. Swiss Architects abroad», Swiss Architecture Museum Basel, 2017

– «Schweizweit», Swiss Architecture Museum Basel, 2016-2017

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (NL), 2016

– «Vorstellung. Junge Schweizer Architekten», M:AI Museum für Architektur- und Ingenieurkunst, Gelsenkirchen (D) 2015

“Orientations: Young Swiss Architects”, Swiss Architecture Museum Basel, 2014

Benedikt Boucsein

graduated in 2005 in architecture from ETH Zurich and received his PhD from the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zurich in 2008. In 2005 he co-founded Camenzind and in 2007 BHSF. In 2010, his book on “Grey Architecture” was published with Walther König in 2010. From 2007-2017 he taught and researched at the ETH Zurich. He co-authored the book “The Noise Landscape”, which was published with nai010 publishers in Rotterdam in 2017. In October 2018, he will be appointed Professor for Urban Design at the TU Munich.

Axel Humpert

graduated in 2004 in architecture from ETH Zurich, after which he worked for Meili, Peter Architekten Zurich. In 2005 he co-founded Camenzind. After starting up Meili, Peter Architektens subsidiary in Munich he then returned to Switzerland in 2007 and co-founded BHSF. Besides his practical work, he worked as a Teaching Assistant at the ETH Zurich from 2007 until 2010 and still  lectures regularly and acts as a guest critic there. In 2015, he was appointed Professor for Architecture and Construction at the FHNW Muttenz.

Tim Seidel

graduated in 2005 in architecture from ETH Zurich, after which he worked as project architect and project manager for Meili, Peter Architekten in Zurich from 2006 to 2009. In 2005 he was a co-founder of Camenzind and in 2007 BHSF. In 2015, he was appointed Professor for Architecture and Construction together with Axel Humpert at the FHNW Muttenz.

Elitsa Lacaze

Elitsa Lacaze studied Architecture and Urban Design in Sofia and Hamburg. Since 2002, she worked in a number of architectural practises in Sofia, Vama and Hamburg. From 2008 to 2010 she worked as project leader in the office of Manuel Herz Architects in Basel and from 2010 to 2014 for Meili, Peter Architects in Zurich. She joined BHSF in 2015.

Maro Tsagka

Maro Tsagka studied architecture at the UTH Thessaly (Volos) and graduated as a MAS from ETH Zurich. Before coming to Switzerland, she worked in several architecture offices in Athens as well as a stage designer for a number of theatre pieces, films and exhibition projects. She joined BHSF in 2016.

Elettra Carnelli

Elettra Carnelli studied architecture at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. Before joining BHSF in 2017, she worked at the USI Mendrisio, the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio, and the Fondazione Sasso San Gottardo, Airolo.

Aleksandra Curcin

Aleksandra Curcin studied Architecture in Belgrad and Gent and conducted the MAS at the ETH CASE in 2011. Since 2009, she worked as an independent and salaried architect in Belgrade and Zurich, lastly at Oester Pfenninger Architekten in Zurich. She joined BHSF in 2015.

Stephanie Moraña

After her education as a draughtswoman, Stephanie Morana studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne and the ZHAW in Zurich. Before she joined the team of BHSF Architects in 2017, she worked as an architect in the office of Adrian Blumer in Zurich.

Lisa Höing

Lisa Höing studied Architecture at the ETH Zurich. Before joining BHSF in 2017, she has worked as a designer and exhibition designer in Zurich and St. Gallen.

Johanna Willert

Johanna Willert concluded the Bachelor of Science (with international honour) in 2015 at the CTU Prague and the RWTH Aachen and has worked as an intern in offices in Prague and Wismar. Since August 2015 she works as an intern at BHSF Architects.

Camenzind

The counterpart to the practical work of BHSF is the publication and research platform Camenzind. While BHSF concentrates its efforts on Architecture and Urbanism, Camenzind works beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline. This is based on the conviction that the architect’s task is not limited to producing the built environment, it is also necessary for architects to reflect on and research that environment and to work towards innovative ways of changing the way that society imagines and produces the built environment around it. Consequently, Camenzind and BHSF in one sense investigate the idea of Ernst Bloch’s “Concrete Utopia”, of bringing utopian goals forward pragmatically step by step.

From 2005 to 2018, 19 issues of the Camenzind magazine appeared in print. The magazine was buried with the 19th issue. At the moment, the Camenzind platform is dormant, as we are concentrating on other projects.

Camenzind has been presented at lectures in Aachen, Berne, Vienna, Weimar, Zagreb, São Paulo and Zurich and taken part in exhibitions in London, New York, Milan, Berlin and Tokyo.

Camenzind Website

Camenzind projects on this Website

Emergence

Benedikt Boucsein, Axel Humpert and Tim Seidel met while studying architecture at the ETH in Zurich. Their first collaboration was Camenzind Magazine #1 which came out at the end of 2004. After working for other practices they founded BHSF in 2007. The first projects they realized as BHSF were a dental practice in Duisburg and a multi-family house in Zurich. These projects, as well as the prize for the parking garage Coulinstraße in Wiesbaden were key to establishing the practical foundations of the office. Camenzind, which has developed into a platform for research and publishing, has grown alongside BHSF during the past five years.

Contact

info@bhsf.ch

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Newsletter BHSF office talks

Since its founding, BHSF has organised and hosted an ongoing lecture series that takes place in the office every three weeks. For these talks the office space morphs into an intimate auditorium with seating laid out and a projector installed, the guest speaker gives a presentation on their chosen topic and this is followed by questions from the audience. For these talks BHSF has played host to a diverse range of speakers, from architects and artists to art historians and cultural theorists to engineers and real estate experts. Each lecture series includes several nights of film screenings and concerts.

Listed chronologically the series so far have been:  Sneg Idjot (11/2007 – 5/2008) Die Hardstrasse (8/2008 – 1/2009) Hope (5/2009 – 1/2010) Back to the Future (5/2010 – 1/2011) True Lies (6/2011 – 3/2012) Ghostbusters (6/2012 – 1/2013), Expendable(s) (10/2013 – 7/2014), The Transporter (4/2015 – 4/2016) and Total Recall (6/2016 – 4/2017).

Past Members of Staff

Hans-Lukas Fehr (Partner until 2010), Nicolas Bacci, Meryem Beypinar, Elettra Carnelli, Aleksandra Curcin, Christian Deis, Beatrice Dornseifer, Daniela Heyland, Adrian Knöpfel, Paulo Lopes, Susanne Mangold, Teresa Maree, Ivana Milojevic, Marc Paessens, Katrin Redweik, Lauryna Remeikyte, Lex Schaul, Raphael Staehelin, Anna Stallmann,  Li Tavor, Udo Thönnissen, Maro Tsagka, Yannick Vorberg, Louis Wangler, Johanna Willert.

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