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ginning of construction. Phase five of the general plan for the campus-in-progress was drafted in 2007 and the large-scale 195 million Swiss francs project is the biggest yet tackled by the Weber Hofer Partners team. Set in green surroundings, the huge chemistry complex will combine two six-storey buildings, one single-storey unit and two courtyards.The two big laboratory buildings will be connected with each other on each floor through the so-called faculty axis, designed as a meeting area for students, research staff and lecturers, to inspire exchange and communication.The buildings' outline adapts smoothly to the overall structure of the campus layout. Weber Hofer Partners have also engaged a great deal in the design and construction of school buildings. One example is the Oberuster primary school in Uster, Switzerland. Starting with winning the competition in 2003, the process from planning through project and construction management to completion was completely managed inhouse in true Weber Hofer Partners style. The rectangular building is set between two existing school buildings. Accessible by two corresponding entries set opposite to each other, the school features ground and upper floors with a foyer illuminated by a huge

skylight. With the classrooms slid in between the storey ceilings like little single houses, the whole structure becomes a village with a net of connecting paths and squares to encourage and initiate interaction among pupils and teachers. Generous openings in the faรงade, a multi-storey atrium and an inside courtyard on the upper floor provide ample amounts of daylight, entering the building in variation according to the respective time of day. The two Weber Hofer Partners pillars, architecture (Weber) and building management (Hofer), are their secret weapons: a down-to-earth attitude for structure combined with conceptual design ethics have proved a winning combination, for clients and contractors alike. 2016 will bring the beginning of construction for the humongous campus project in Zurich, a day to look forward to for the Weber Hofer Partners team.

Below from left: University Zurich-Irchel, faculty of chemistry, completion planned for 2019. Visualisation: Weber Hofer Partner University Zurich-Irchel, faculty axis. Visualisation: totalreal Bottom from left: Oberuster primary school, Uster, Schweiz, completion 2008. Photo: Roger Frei Oberuster primary school, Foyer. Photo: Roger Frei

part of contracts are still being generated by international competitions. Relying on the judgement of a jury of experts, the clients can count on high-quality execution and an open-minded and mutual process. New clients and partners always provide them with new challenges, says team member and architect Nanna Reinhardt, which in turn makes the work process fresh and exciting. Meeting the high standards required by all the project participants with each new project, Weber Hofer Partners like to accompany their clients through the whole process from planning phase through to completion of the building. The biggest project at the time is a new faculty building for the University of Zurich-Irchel, which is to house the entire chemistry faculty of the huge campus.To be completed in 2019, this year marks the be-

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