Discover Germany | Special Theme | Top Architects Switzerland
Architecture creates space for people, for communication and social interactions After working on various projects in Switzerland and abroad, in 2014 five young and innovative architects jointly founded their own architectural practice in Zurich: SQUADRAT. The office’s work revolves around the idea of community as its working ethos and when it comes to architecture. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTO: FABIAN WILLI
For SQUADRAT, architecture is always a collaborative project and never a oneman show. “Teamwork and discussions are always the foundation our projects are built on,” explains Andreas Thuy, one of the architects. “Every member of the team has individual talents, interests and abilities that we encourage and use to find the best solution for our clients.” While one has a more theoretical approach, the next focuses on design whereas others are urban planners, draftsmen or construction managers. Together they can rely on experience gained through studying at renowned universities like ETH Zurich or Harvard University and by working on various projects – from local ones in Switzerland to collaborations in Kyoto, Hong Kong and Singapore. Collaborative structures play an important role for how SQUADRAT architects work, but also for their designs and architecture – may it be working spaces, housing or urban planning. One recent project picturing this idea is an office building in Hamburg, where the architects focused on joined spaces and communication. Zones for work meetings, coffee bars, silent corners private areas and even a hidden garden are situated around a large spiral staircase connecting all levels. The established relations and transparencies contribute to an open and communicative working environment. www.squadrat-architekten.ch
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