OOS has been commissioned with the refurbishment of the historic ‘House Uto’. The aging housing stock will undergo a core refurbishment and additional living space will be created by means of the roof extension.
Designed by Fritz Fischer in 1927, the building exhibits architectural features of Expressionism and Art Deco, which are rarely found in Zurich. In agreement and cooperation with the monument protection and the building owner, OOS has developed a refurbishment concept for the building. The building will be refurbished to its former glory and will be listed as a historic monument in the course of the refurbishment.
The reuse of the existing substance is part of the refurbishment concept. Much of it is preserved and will be reused after appropriate upgrading. Architectural features are preserved as far as possible, which at the same time contributes to a more sustainable project realization.
The beverage company needs a new, attractive and future-oriented office for its Swiss headquarter. OOS accompanies the client in a new building near Glattpark and develops an interior design concept aligned with the company’s vision and culture. With strategic change management, OOS also helps creating a change in work culture.
The new headquarter serves as a collaboration space, with the premises extending over two floors. The diversity of the Coca-Cola HBC Schweiz AG brands represent an inspiring starting point for the design approach and are translated into a rich spatial configuration. Different spatial and working situations are used to create an office tailored to the various forms of collaboration and levels of confidentiality. This is interspersed with special zones, so-called splashes, which reflect the broad product portfolio of Coca-Cola HBC Schweiz AG. These areas break up and structure the functional office environment and orient themselves design-specifically to the brand’s themes.
An iterative development of the workstation zones results in a new desksharing ratio for an optimal organization of the office. As a result, from the original 100% allocated workstations, a 65% desksharing ratio is achieved. On approximately 3’100 m2 160 workplaces for about 245 employees are created. The spaces follow a clever arrangement that on the one hand promotes social interaction and team organization, and on the other hand takes into account confidentiality in the workplace. The flat hierarchy at Coca-Cola HBC Schweiz AG is also reflected in the workplaces – individual offices are consistently avoided.
The overriding goal of office organization is short distances and unplanned encounters. This maximizes innovation and know-how transfer without specially designed processes. This is why the reception, all workstations and the cafeteria are together on the 3rd floor. Mixing of internal and external people should be deliberately avoided in the workplace areas. Likewise, one department (a kind of company within the company) must remain separate from the rest of the departments. The division of the space program between 3rd floor and 2nd floor therefore follows specific needs and creates the logical physical separation. The organization and design of the new office environment follow the aspects of biophilic design and thus support the productivity, engagement and individual physical and psychological well-being of the employees.
The new building wing for therapy and gastronomy is part of a repositioning of the Hochgebirgsklinik Davos and at the same time a reorganization of an entire building conglomerate. The aim is to improve the quality of the stay and the user experience in support of the hospitality concept, which turns patients into guests.
With a master plan, OOS created the basis for the future urban disposition of the Hochgebirgsklinik Davon site and its development. In the process, the conglomeration of buildings that has grown over the last 100 years and the requirements for ongoing operations proved to be extremely challenging. With the implementation of interior design and architectural measures, the new orientation is translated into space and the vision of a campus is realised in stages. The extended utilisation concept of the campus strengthens the positioning as a state-of-the-art mountain clinic for general and private guests with a focus on hospitality.
This ambitious project also includes the new building in the south, which houses the therapy centre on the left and the catering facilities on the right. The quality of use and stay is of central importance, especially for the new orientation, and was solved with a clever spatial organisation. It optimizes user flows and spatial orientation. This already begins with the access and reception situation on the south side of the new building, with which visitors are guided into the building complex. The restructured entrance hall thus moves into the centre of the area and is now on the same level as the surrounding wings. It serves as a hub for guests, visitors and staff and mediates between the public and semi-public areas. This spatial arrangement also provides an attractive view of Davos from all wings of the building. Before the conversion, the building complex comparatively surrounded the centre for gastronomy and therapy.
The new therapy part fits into the special geometry of the existing bed wing and creates an intimate situation on the north side, which, together with the therapy garden, creates an atmosphere with a high quality of stay. The therapeutic possibilities are complemented by a small gymnasium and a fitness centre to the south. The adjoining catering area serves different needs. Guests and visitors can either eat in a serviced restaurant or in a free flow area including a children’s zone.
OOS accompanies PartnerRe in its overarching strategy for sharpened differentiation. The developed interior architecture is an expression of the entrepreneurial vision and values of the reinsurer. At the location in Zurich West, office environments of around 5500m2 have been created, which bring collaboration and communication to the center.
After a successful competition phase, OOS is supporting the internationally operating reinsurer PartnerRe with the development and implementation of the new vision for its office environment at the Zurich location. The move from the previous office building in the exclusive Seefeld area to the urban „Zurich West“ is part of the company‘s overall strategy to strengthen its differentiation. With the design of the „single-tenant“ tenant fit-out in the new Allreal office building, OOS is pursuing PartnerRe’s strategy in a pioneering way on an area of 5500m2. The new „PartnerRe Building“ in a prominent location on the Hardbrücke makes an impression, from the inside and outside.
The new premises communicate PartnerRe‘s values. They support the spirit of partnership, be it towards clients or within the team. They promote a collegial, family-like working culture and underline the reinsurer‘s collaborative and partnership-based principle. The spatial result is preceded by the demanding process of bringing together the different aspects of the company‘s values with the aim of setting PartnerRe apart from other reinsurers, also in terms of spatial appearance. This led to the interior design requirement to express values such as trust and reliability and to combine these with openness, agility and a touch of youthfulness.
Collaboration and communication are not only central as corporate values, but also in the premises: attractive, cleverly placed communication areas and internal staircases structure the rooms and thus support a collegial work culture. This creates different room atmospheres that meet different requirements in terms of activity, acoustics, lighting, etc. The concept of „Verdichtung“ visually differentiates the different room areas and at the same time creates an arch across the entire building. From visually quiet room areas to densely populated „centres“, the wide range of rooms is placed in a context where visitors and employees can orientate and move intuitively. Vertical wooden slats are an identity element which, depending on their arrangement, lead the gaze, define room boundaries, connect double floors, filter light etc. In addition, they bring the places of communication into focus. Along with various communication spaces – „huddles“, conference, video, meeting and event rooms, open collab zones and coffee points – the building houses around 330 workplaces, a lobby, a cafeteria and various ancillary and service rooms. The entire interior design is implemented according to the „Minergie-Eco“ standard.
The architecture designed by OOS convinced in the competition. Together with facts and fiction GmbH and NUSSLI, OOS was awarded the contract for the Monaco Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The development of the design for the polygonal crystal shape was based on the leitmotif „Strong, small and beautiful“. With this iconographic appearance, the pavilion invites the world to explore the country. With strong symbolic power, the Monaco Pavilion asserts itself in the international environment of Expo 2020. The crystal with diamond-shaped facets on a rocky background embodies the versatility and strengths of Monaco – its internal cohesion as a nation as well as its strong partnerships and connections with the world – key elements of Monegasque policy and a fitting expression of the Expo Motto “connecting minds, creating the future”.
The architecture of the pavilion surprises with a polygonal and faceted structure and constantly changing perspectives. The rocky base is also an homage to the „Rocher de Monaco“ and stands as a symbol for tradition and future of the principality. The strengths of the small state are also given a large stage on the content level. The exhibition section is divided into two scenographic areas. In the „Garden of Opportunities“, visitors engage with Monaco‘s excellent and future-oriented projects. In the „Identity Show“, Monaco‘s history, culture and values are conveyed in a spectacular 360-degree multimedia installation.
The entire construction follows the principle of simplicity and sustainability: The crystal, for example, consists of solar panels visible from afar, which are mounted as a shell in front of the simple body of the building and merge into a light, playful and highly aesthetic overall image.
Andermatt already has many spacious apartments in the luxury segment. The apartments of the Frame apartment building meet the needs of a young, active clientele. Through the densification and the resulting space efficiency, microapartments have been developed, which offer a high quality of stay and at the same time leave a smaller ecological footprint.
In Andermatt, OOS redefines modern alpine living with the design of the apartment building Frame. The clever and eye-catching building with innovative microapartments sets new standards for small living space with high quality of stay.
The building fits into the narrow urban context. The outer shell is not a masonry structure but a wooden façade. Five uniformly designed exterior elevations and the defining roof with its cantilevers merge into a single entity. Interior and exterior spaces. Interior and exterior spaces are connected by bay windows that complement the main facades. The panoramic windows allow expansive views. Seen from the outside, they also take on a defining function. With their beveled reveals, they refer to the window openings often seen in alpine houses. The windows thus provide light-flooded interiors. The use of light also justifies the star-shaped arrangement of the apartments around the staircase.
The 34 apartments are a mix of vertically arranged high duplex and maisonette apartments, horizontally arranged 2.5-room apartments and three studios. A multifunctional volume, at the same time bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and built-in closet, characterizes the 2.5-room and the maisonette apartments. Architecture, interior design and furnishing form a unity and shape a unique spatial and living experience. A room height of around 5 meters gives the maisonette apartment a stately feeling of space despite a comparatively small floor plan of just about 40 square meters.
While the apartments are tailored to the needs of the ownership, the first floor comes up with additional spaces. A community room, a community kitchen, a fireplace room, a sauna with garden and an additional community garden can be used equally by the entire resident community.
A feast for the eyes – Sonova has taken this to heart and commissioned OOS to upgrade its company canteen “Bistromax” accordingly. The focus was on the redesign of the self-service area as a free flow.
OOS developed the vision of this free flow as an open area, which extends into the canteen and visually emphasises Bistromax as a place to come together. The challenge was to enable an optimal flow of people and goods despite the open organisation with several entrances. In addition, the open, transparent and clear design increased the demands on the acoustics in the free flow, but also in the canteen area itself.
In its vision, OOS implements the requirements in the form of a practical and functional design with an identity-creating, emotional design. The skilful organisation of the dispensing points, waiting zones and cash desk areas created clear processes. The design follows the needs in the various room zones, thus creating good flows of people with optimum use of space.
The openness and employee orientation cultivated at Sonova is visually represented by the redesign of the Bistromax: thanks to the open, transparent and clear design, all employees are visible, including those in the area of the serving points.
OOS has created a unique architectural concept for the Innovation Lab at Swissbau 2020. It is based on the vision of a “city of digital transformation” and stands for an extraordinary, reciprocal relationship between content and staging.
The Swissbau Innovation Lab is the special show for digital transformation within the framework of the Swissbau exhibition event. The aim of the special show is to demonstrate the new technologies in the construction and real estate industry and to make them tangible with possible applications.
The architecture was required to provide a timeless framework for the content and at the same time to transport it itself. OOS’ approach: In the sense of differentiation from the usual image of densely packed exhibition stands, the architectural concept of a city was developed for the special show. Despite the high density of stands, it is characterised by empty space, width and a great clarity.
The area was divided along the contents: An “Innovation Village”, a “Networking Zone”, a “Speakers Corner” and the highlight of the special show and central element of the architectural staging, the “iRoom”. It is a state-of-the-art experience space for digital planning. Here, the innovation projects were staged as a 3D cinema in an interactive show. A real atmospheric contrast was created by a bistro designed as a green oasis with real plants.
At the centre is the town square, which with its atmosphere of generosity serves as a haven of peace and is thus a counterpoint to the lively trade fair business. The stands – so-called Innovation Points – are arranged around the square in quarters, streets, squares or avenues. The high number of participating partners, 77 in total, required a good overview. Based on the architectural concept of a city, OOS developed an innovative orientation aid with a theme-related naming of streets, alleys etc.
The real estate company Fischer AG stands for unconventional and sustainable real estate projects. OOS translated this into the new company headquarters: In the old silk dye works on Lessingstrasse in Zurich, an office space spanning several floors was created with an extraordinary atmosphere.
The old building structure, previously refurbished by OOS, offered a unique starting point: a large hall with columns, exposed sandstone retaining wall, shed roof and view of the Sihl River. In addition, a long, narrow upper floor, without internal connection. Together with the client, OOS developed the vision of a two-story open-plan office with a surprise effect. The claim: It takes into account the needs of the various organizational units and makes Fischer AG’s unconventional approach to projects tangible – spatially, atmospherically and materially.
The result: a narrow internal steel staircase spatially binds the two floors together and enables the organizational separation between concentrated work in the hall and public uses on the upper floor. Acoustic panels, which are completely integrated into the structure of the Sched roof, provided an optimal solution to the challenging spatial acoustics in the hall’s open space.
The actual heart of the design lies in the small office forest at the entrance. Anyone entering is surprised to find themselves in front of a green wall. A large variety of plants and overwhelmingly tall fir trees in huge steel troughs break the view into the space. The reception area also surprises – with its orientation into the space.
OOS has translated the company’s values into a unique spatial experience that, thanks to plants and natural surfaces, is also perceived as a healthy as well as stimulating work environment. The atmosphere oscillates between homely and raw-industrial.
OPEN RIDE opens its first studio in Zurich. OOS has translated the concept of “the future of fitness” for the new indoor fitness brand. The result is an environment for a unique workout experience that involves all the senses.
The challenge of getting the maximum use out of a small space while still creating an atmosphere of spaciousness – this was achieved by OOS with a well attuned and high-quality colour, lighting and material concept. The existing premise was equipped with a reception desk, a coffee/tea kitchen as well as cloakrooms and toilets, all within a short construction period and on schedule. The custom-made furniture is user-oriented and at the same time adapts ideally to the space conditions.
The heart of OPEN RIDE is the prefabricated acoustic box that was assembled on site. It offers potent sound absorption and is equipped with sound-insulated ventilation pipes. Inside, a total of 300 metres of LED pixel strip provide an incomparable light show. Together with the indoor bikes and the sound system, the desired atmosphere is created, in which training, party and concert merge into an experience involving all the senses.
With the Campusgebäude, an international competence centre for research, treatment and training in the field of allergies is being created. The new building meets the complex requirements arising from its use as an educational campus, research laboratory and office.
The institutions SIAF, CK-CARE and Hochgebirgsklinik Davos, which specialise in the field of allergies, are pooling their expertise: In the new building project directly connected to the clinic, the spatial proximity of the three partners shall create synergies and generate unique added value for allergy sufferers.
On the ground floor of the new building, fixed and flexible rooms and an open cafeteria area complement each other perfectly with regard to its use as an educational campus. The laboratories and offices on the two upper floors are operationally strictly separated from each other. The separating element is an interior space that makes the various rooms vertically accessible, but nevertheless enables visual encounters between office an laboratory users.
The division of uses inside the building is being reflected in the façade: the ground floor appears slightly recessed and the windows on the upper floors are unevenly distributed due to the different uses. The all-round aluminium structure serves as sun protection for the upper storeys and at the same time has an optically compensating effect.
The team led by OOS has won the design contest for the Swiss Pavilion at the EXPO 2020 Dubai UAE, commissioned by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The “Reflections” concept helps Switzerland to make a strong appearance.
The team led by OOS won the EDAs planning competition for the Swiss Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai UAE. The concept “Reflections” invites the world to experience Switzerland while traveling and to get to know surprising facets of the country. With «Reflections» the team presents an innovative implementation of the given core messages in space and experience. In reference to temporary tent structures of the Bedouins, the Swiss pavilion is made of a construction of scaffolding elements and textiles. The body of the building combines tradition and innovation, sketches relationships between Orient and Occident and creates a unique presence: The funnel-shaped mirrored front of the pavilion serves both as a spectacular eye-catcher and as a reflection surface.
In terms of content and dramaturgy, «Reflections» is reflected in three acts in which the audience experiences selected facets of Switzerland. In the first act, the audience is already invited in the queue to help shape the facet «typically Swiss» – interactively through the reflection in the mirror. The journey continues into the interior of the pavilion for the second act. Here the facet «unique experience of nature» is staged. The audience strives towards the dramaturgical climax: they walk uphill through real fog. The moment they emerge from the fog, the surprising view of a mountain panorama is revealed. After traditional and nature-oriented Switzerland, the third act covers the facet «urban and innovative environment». Here Switzerland presents itself both as a workshop and as a showroom for innovations. In addition to these three acts, other areas were designed such as a rooftop terrace overlooking the Expo’s Opportunity District where the pavilion is located, a VIP room and an event space.
One of the major challenges in architecture is the expected high density of people as well as the diverse needs and expectations of international guests. OOS meets these challenges with user-oriented, innovative design. The architecture adapts to the geographical and cultural diversity of the visitors on the levels of function and emotion with intuitive communication and spatial orientation.
Behind “Reflections” are, under the overall lead of OOS, scenography studio Bellprat Partner and Lorenz Eugster landscape architecture and urbanism.
The demands placed on the new building for the international group from the high-tech/digitisation and health care industries are high: the specialised professionals are to be bound to the company for the long term with a modern working environment that promotes innovation and teamwork. In addition, the building is to be constructed and operated in a CO2-neutral way.
OOS translates the high requirements into innovative architecture, interior design and a specially developed energy concept. The goal of creating a workplace and a space that represents the values of Phonak Communications, increases production effectiveness and efficiency and also meets future demand, is approached on three levels: organisation, urban planning and building envelope. The spatial organisation intuitively follows the operational processes. Thus, the entire research and development department is arranged on a single floor with an area of around 2000m2. The ground floor accommodates the test rooms for high-tech communication technology, the logistics department, the reception with adjacent showroom and an inviting bistro and coffee area.
On an urban planning level, the slightly concave building body is oriented along the terrain moraine. It opens up towards Murtensee and creates an inviting gesture for employees and visitors. The architecture of the building envelope focuses not only on the quality of the interior and the workplace but also on energy efficiency. The architecture enables the building to be almost energy self-sufficient. The envelope is kept compact and the window area optimised. With high interior spaces, raised windows and skylights, natural daylight is directed deep into the rooms, reducing the use of artificial light. In interaction with windows, solar radiation and waste heat, the temperature and air humidity balancing surfaces and materials create a pleasant indoor climate without active heating or cooling. The use of solar energy and waste heat from people, machines and computers is used to heat the building.
In addition, the building is 100% powered by PV electricity. With this overall passive, clever room and construction system and the absolutely minimal use of building services, the building is an office building that is CO2 neutral in operation. It was designed, planned and realised using the BIM method, which led to a high degree of planning and cost certainty and a low error rate on the construction site.
OOS has transformed the old building structure Lessingstrasse 11-17 with different levels of structural intervention into a progressive location. The independent project captivates by its characteristic spatial structures. OOS has combined this diversity with strategic planning and targeted renovation to create a new unit.
An old building fabric with varying levels, small-scale floor subdivisions, diverse spatial structures and building systems – the initial situation of this project was highly complex. But this is precisely where the great potential of the property lies. In a feasibility study, OOS, together with the owner, defined the visions, target groups and future uses and determined the depth of intervention. The aim of the planned renovation and upgrading was to preserve the unique effect of the building structure for future generations. Accordingly, interventions were only carried out where they were necessary due to earthquake and fire protection. While the roofs were energetically renovated, the facades are only insulated on the inside in the area of the window parapets.
On the outside, the appearance has only been changed by demolitions to clean up the structure. Inside, the staircases have been freed of fixtures and together with the new lighting concept this contributes to the strong appearance of the property. Wherever possible, the different surfaces and structures have been left as they are, and with subtle interventions have been combined into an atmospherically harmonious unit. In addition to the staircases, the exposed sandstone retaining wall is a unique element that will strongly influence future tenant improvements.
With targeted and unpretentious interventions, OOS succeeded in transforming the old building structure into an independent, progressive location while at the same time preserving a piece of history for the city of Zurich.
More than “zeros” and “ones” – in the design for the new data centre at ETH Hönggerberg, OOS takes a step beyond the obvious. The design for the five-storey new building combines the demand for maximum benefit and the option of possible future developments with a unique shell.
The facade design follows the principle “form follows content” and is produced directly from the computer using the “design to production” process. Thus, partially punched surfaces draw “zeros” and “ones” on the facade. The dynamic conundrum poetically reflects the context and contrasts with the speed of the computer operations inside the building. Through the choice of material – chrome nickel steel – the façade skin reflects and thus helps the compact volume of the new building to a dematerialized lightness.
The unique façade design also ensures that the new building stands out visually from the existing structure. In terms of urban planning, it blends in harmoniously with the existing building and leaves room for future expansion. Inside the building, the organization features simple, clear room sequences. The materialization – raw, bright and real materials – creates an analog contrast to the digital world.
With the project AKZESS, OOS is setting the course for future uses at the former Schweiter industrial site in Horgen Oberdorf. The name says it all. The project, which was submitted as part of a study, lends the area in a prominent location directly at the railway station a unique urban identity that is characterised by openness and accessibility.
With this project OOS goes beyond the requirements of a market-driven offer for living and working including supplementary services – AKZESS stands for living spaces for the future. By this OOS means a green urban interior surrounded by a hard architectural exterior – the two buildings “HILLSIDE” and “LAKESIDE”. The two new buildings create an interesting relationship to the existing substance. The staggering of the buildings in a transverse direction to the slope optimises the view for the apartments in the old and new buildings.
In the sense of permeability and accessibility, different uses, apartment types, open spaces, squares and passages provide the desired individual atmospheres. AKZESS also stands for great flexibility in terms of structural adjustments for possible future uses. Thanks to its modular structure, apartments can be converted into office or commercial space and vice versa.
The financial consulting firm MoneyPark in Zurich once again relies on the adaptable and sustainable design concept of OOS. The customer zones and the headquarters were brought together both in the locality and on the design level.
In just four months from the start of the project, the entire area was shaped and defined organisationally and atmospherically with just a few elements: A central area with meeting rooms and a café corner for meetings and stays was created in the headquarters. The workplaces were designed to be very flexible and compressible with the use of benches. OOS has thus made the appearance of the headquarters “experienceable” and “perceptible” according to the design concept. Thanks to early and consistent coordination with the client, the short planning and construction time and the high coordination effort with the basic construction could also be successfully mastered.
OOS continues the step-by-step upgrade of the Hochgebirgsklinik Davos. The patient and family rooms as well as the gastronomy convince with a contemporary rehab/clinic atmosphere.
Patients with general and semi-private insurance now also benefit from an enhanced quality of stay. OOS achieved a visible leap in quality within a very short time and within the framework of the specified funds.
In the patient rooms on the 2nd floor of the main clinic building, this is expressed in the form of a new color scheme and warmth. The design concept corresponds to that on the 3rd floor, but with adapted materiality, furnishings and depth of intervention. The two meeting and recreation rooms were renovated in the sense of a hotel-like environment with a high-quality finish.
In the children’s clinic, in addition to an atmospheric upgrade, an adjustment of the offer was necessary. To this end, OOS combined the ten multi-bed rooms into two family suites and two family double rooms.
When renovating the catering facilities, OOS defined areas in the formerly open hall with mobile partition walls. This meets the demands of the different patient groups on the gastronomy area. For all renovation work, OOS deliberately opted for a simple solution, with a view to the possible development of the site and clinic.
A commercial building in the industrial area of Regensdorf – in this study OOS goes beyond function and aesthetics. Like a cloth, the photovoltaic system in the Minergie A-Eco standard covers the building and gives it an unmistakable expression.
OOS erfüllt mit seinem Entwurf den Anspruch an eine flexible Nutzung des Gebäudes. Durch die Lage und Ausgestaltung des Kerns können Mietflächen in jeweils vier nahezu identische Zonen unterteilt werden. Der Durchschuss der Erschliessung ist architektonisches Element und gleichzeitig organisiert er die unterschiedlichen Nutzungen effizient und übersichtlich mit kurzen Zugangswegen. Mit der Verdoppelung der Gebäudestruktur im ersten Obergeschoss wird nicht nur die angestrebte Aufteilung der Nutzflächen erreicht – die Trennung der beiden «Büroriegel» durch einen eingeschossigen Innenhof schafft räumliche Aufenthalts-Qualität und ist ein unverkennbares architektonisches Merkmal.
Allreal is planning its new headquarters at a prominent location in Zurich West. OOS’ response to the study is a concise and differentiated project that creates references to the surrounding urban spaces on all levels.
Externally, the building attracts attention with a subtle conciseness. The eye-catching features are the end facades turned out into the street space and a first floor clad in a glass skin. These underline the public character of the building and anchor Allreal to the maximum in the street space. Behind the glass skin is a foyer, which is complemented by a showroom and an auditorium.
From the first floor, dark steel frames and clinker infills visually tie the office floors together – a reminiscence of the architectural history of the site. Here, OOS has solved the requirements for different work areas with an elongated core: this filters the different zones into areas for individual workplaces and those for meetings and communal communication.
The crowning glory is the top floor: in the meeting rooms, users are offered a view over the rooftops of Zurich.
Structuring with passion – OOS has designed the new offices of the construction management company HSSP and translated its leitmotif into space.
HSSP commissioned OOS with the design and planning of the new company premises. The focus was on the requirement to implement HSSP’s attitude – structured and passionate – in the already existing expansion. The result: The existing furniture was used for the structured and functional character of the work areas. Four new furnishing zones with different colours were added, so-called communication zones – two meeting zones, the reception area and a multifunctional area.
The area of the Medicine Campus Davos is striving to reposition itself. With a master plan, OOS creates the basis for the future urban planning of the clinic area and its development.
The clinic area aspires to the image of a progressive campus. With the development of the master plan, OOS is bringing the conglomeration of buildings that has grown over the last 100 years into a clearly structured spatial structure. With an appropriately dimensioned infrastructure, the desired vision is supported on the operational side. A campus for clinic, research and education is being created with competences far beyond the main areas of allergology and cardiology. The official neighbourhood plan became legally binding in January 2018.
The new campus building, which has just been completed, substantially supports the new orientation of the clinic area. With its direct connection to the clinic, it consolidates the desired image of the medical campus. The three-storey new building will be used as a congress, office and laboratory building by the campus users CK-CARE, SIAF, HGK as well as by external users. The spatial proximity of the three partners creates synergies and thus a unique added value for all patient groups.
Enhancing the atmosphere of the office and making the organisation visible and tangible – OOS has redesigned the Zurich office premises of LIIP with innovative concepts and designs.
Even with the new lighting concept, the quality of stay in the open-plan offices could be significantly increased – a core concern of LIIP, an agency for digital products. In addition, the structuring of the space has created a surprising liveliness. OOS has translated central LIIP corporate values into design and developed the innovative concept of the “living shelf” together with LIIP. This does not simply structure the space: The extremely versatile frame is – depending on the requirements – sometimes a separating element, seating and communication platform, sometimes a meeting zone, storage space or place of retreat. It runs through all four floors as a visual orientation aid and identity-forming element.
With the newly opened guest rooms on the 3rd floor, the Hochgebirgsklinik Davos is highly regarded for its medical competence and, thanks to OOS, also in terms of style and comfort.
OOS was commissioned by the client to redesign the third floor of the leading rehabilitation clinic in its specialist areas for an upmarket clientele. In collaboration with the client and the users, OOS developed the motif of a “rehab experience” in a warm and hotel-like environment.
In implementing the design concept, OOS focused on the redesign of the guest rooms and the lounge. Thanks to the fresh and timeless design, a significant spatial and atmospheric upgrade was achieved.
OOS realised the conversion on time and under budget under great time pressure.
One bank, three locations and the topic “Stubenbank” – OOS has supplemented the specifications of the Raiffeisen Region Zofingen with a core statement, derived values from them and translated them into a spatial concept.
Based on an analysis of the basic attitude and vision of the Raiffeisen Group – and specifically of Raiffeisen Region Zofingen – OOS has expanded the idea of the “Stubenbank”: In the concept “Guest at Raiffeisen Region Zofingen”, bank customers become guests. Accordingly, this positioning is reflected in the form of diverse qualities of stay in the spaces. Public, mixed and private zones are created. The organisation of the rooms serves to guide customers. It creates insight and overview where desired and privacy and discretion where necessary. The elements and spatial structures are identical in all three branches and are adapted to the respective location. The zones of the customer areas are given an overarching colour and material concept, which is differentiated to distinguish the respective use.
From shell construction to high-quality interior work – the headquarters of Helvetica Property Investors captivates with a simple and restrained appearance. The interior design reflects reliability and transparency, two of the company’s main values.
A low room height, high demands on sound insulation and a very short construction time – this initial situation had to be used optimally. The assignment to OOS included the planning and design of the entire interior architecture. The design concept covers a larger and smaller conference/meeting room, a focus cell, eight workstations and the wet rooms.
With a sound-absorbing plaster ceiling and soundproof doors in the meeting rooms, the requirement for sound insulation was met. For the furniture, OOS combined Scandinavian design with furniture by Swiss designer This Weber. In the area of lighting, the decorative luminaires in the focus room and in the customer reception area set an atmospheric accent.
The core wall was designed with a structured wood strip cladding – so the core appears as an abstract body.
“La Suisse Orientale” – with the competition entry for the national exhibition EXPO 2027, OOS presents a new view of Eastern Switzerland. The three main locations of Sittertobel, Lake Constance and Schwägalp will be staged in terms of content and geography.
At the centre of the concept are the three main locations, whose geographical, social, economic and cultural characteristics define the three core themes: “permanence”, “changeability” and “permeability”. The main locations will be linked in terms of content and transport by a network of thematic routes, so-called “passages”. Existing infrastructures will be expanded and temporary ones can be used beyond the EXPO. This takes the aspect of sustainability into account.
With a modified colour and lighting concept and a new bar, OOS is helping the Moods jazz club to a new splendour in just eight weeks of construction time. The club has also upgraded backstage, both technically and organisationally.
The new material and colour concept moves away from blue towards warm red tones, woods and brass. Accordingly, the revised lighting concept supports the desired warm atmosphere. The ambience is created not only by the lighting but also by the new bar, a dynamic body.
Seating steps have been installed on the gallery and the railing has been replaced by a black lattice. In the interests of user-friendliness, a staircase now leads directly to the artists’ dressing rooms.
The construction of the new offices proved to be particularly challenging. Spatially, they are located above the existing box and below the ceiling of the shipbuilding building. Thanks to a bridge construction, the roof of the box is not loaded – the load is distributed over the walls of the box.
OOS won the study contract for the Phonak extension south and west with two different buildings, each of which is similar in expression to the neighbouring buildings. While the West building represents a medium-term development potential, the South extension is being planned.
The architecture of the new buildings, the qualities of the newly created outdoor spaces and the integration into the existing substance are designed for the needs of Sonova’s employees and future customers. The new buildings fit pragmatically and at the same time precisely into the existing context. While the southern extension makes a striking, simple statement and, in interaction with the existing building, creates an exciting outdoor space, the western extension complements the campus logically and naturally, both externally and internally.
The working environment facilitates solution-oriented forms of collaboration for the staff. In both buildings, an inner zone with meeting rooms and adjoining rooms divides the office zones and, despite the open-plan typology, generates more intimate zones that ensure peace and concentration.
Cutting-edge technology indoors and out. Bruker, one of the world’s leading metrology companies, has commissioned OOS to build a prestigious company headquarters. The new building meets the requirements of highest quality and innovative construction.
OOS had one and a half years to complete the technically demanding building ready for occupancy. The façade and interiors were to radiate the company’s innovative strength and quality standards and have a representative effect.
OOS Architekten chose precisely drawn profiles in anodised aluminium for the façade. The vertical alignment of the pilaster strips supports the representative appearance of the building without making it look cumbersome.
In addition to the foyer, the heart of the building, the demonstration room with the high-tech measuring device, is visible through the glass entrance area. Around it are customer training rooms and offices.
The Dentalclub is growing. OOS adapts the design concept for the second location in Steinhausen. The Dentalclub Steinhausen also makes a visit to the dentist an experience for patients – an experience beyond the usual visit to the dentist.
By creating specific spatial worlds for each activity and a portion of entertainment, the club is created that focuses on the user’s experience. The scenography creates an atmospheric density, with the contrasting spatial concepts composed into a coherent sequence.
The “Dentalizer” as the central zone connecting all the rooms has a white reflective atmosphere and functions as a neutralising space of movement around which the various programmes and activities are arranged. The patient is welcomed here and moves on to the waiting area, which is decorated in warm tones. In the treatment rooms, the space is divided into two areas by introducing a visual horizon. While the lower part is assigned to the sterile, white working world of the dentist, the ceiling – which is the focus of the patient – acts as an atmospheric view into the crowns of a forest clearing.
An innovative and attractive residential location is to be created on the 35,460m2 site of the former Stoffel old textile factory. The site is located above the town of Mels and comprises several factory buildings worthy of protection, which are to be converted and supplemented with new buildings. As part of the study contract, OOS has developed a diverse range of services for a heterogeneous population with different needs.
Context-specific residential forms with individual building types, façades and private and public outdoor spaces were developed for each building site. This diversity of offerings creates a diverse and lively neighbourhood with spaces for communal liveliness as well as individual retreat. A clear ensemble effect towards the outside is achieved through the analogy of the longitudinally oriented building types. At the same time, the differentiation of the new buildings in terms of mass, height and type reinforces the importance of the valley façade of the spinning mill and distinguishes the individual buildings from one another. The relevance of the two factory buildings as contemporary witnesses is also taken into account in the interior of the quarter: the central courtyard as the heart of the area forms a lively centre. The semi-public and public uses such as the bistro, day nursery and fitness rooms activate the spaces at the back of the area and enliven the courtyard. A structure of demarcation and openness is created, in which the co-existence and cross-fertilisation of communal and private uses creates interaction spaces for residents and visitors.
The sanitary manufacturer Geberit is planning a new customer training and information center on the plant site in Pfullendorf (D). With the aim of combining “technology with emotions”, OOS has developed an architectural concept within the scope of this study contract, which enables the Geberit brand to be experienced in all its facets.
The precise siting of the new building achieves both optimal visibility to the public and a direct spatial connection to the existing factory site. The emblematic building forms the welcome gesture for visitors and local residents. The shimmering white box only becomes a sign through its elevated position on the former embankment. In keeping with the architectural design, the structural concept follows a clear formal language. The entire interior is characterised by transparency and the use of genuine products and materials. The staircase – the LINK – creates the connection between the box with the basis and the technology with emotions and functions as a central orientation element. It leads past the various product ranges and thus connects the technical aspects with the emotional experience.
Under the “Flumserei” brand, the 10,000 m2 site of the former Spoerry spinning mill will be subdivided into various product worlds and will be adapted to the new needs of offices, services and industry by means of structural interventions.
The Innobas area has the potential to become a work and meeting center for Flums and the region because of its large usable spaces. OOS was asked to lead an interdisciplinary team and develop a redevelopment concept for the campus of the former spinning mill. Under the Flumserei brand, the large factory building will be reawakened to new life and made ready for new users and their needs using an intelligent space concept. The commercial and office facilities will be functionally equipped and based on a flexible space plan. The public rooms offer gathering space for the clubs and local residents of Flums. With the Flumserei, the entire Sarganserland-Werdenberg region will be strengthened. OOS previously completed test planning for the former owner, Spoerry AG, and guided the redefinition of its use from the very beginning.
For the start-up My Money Park OOS has developed an adaptable design concept with a long-term focus that has already been implemented in the first Zurich branch.
The young financial advisor is taking a fresh approach to the world of financial advice that places the client at the center of its considerations and objectives. OOS has translated the respective corporate values and positioning into a physical environment that actively supports this new client advisory process. Upon entering the premises, clients are taken to a pitch table where they can peruse information on investment opportunities. Eight “tree houses” are available for one-to-one advisory sessions. In contrast to classic front-to-front advice situations, the tables, made especially for MMP, are designed to help advisors and clients see eye to eye and to work out things together. Clad with timber structures and hung with lengths of curtain material, the cabins exude a snug and personal atmosphere. Acoustic covers and carpets create a room within a room and make for pleasant acoustic conditions: hushed, confidential, and discreet. Further international branches will follow.
In a two-part process, OOS won a study competition for the new offices of Wüest Partner against seven competitors with its concept “knowledge exchange”.
In the historic offices of the old stock exchange on Paradeplatz, where shares were once traded and then drinks passed across the bar, a new tailored work environment for one of Switzerland’s leading real estate consulting firms is being created. The new office setting offers a flexible layout with up to 150 workplaces in contemporary surroundings. The main usage areas make possible specific work operations and promote communications flow and knowledge transfer within the company besides providing elegant customer zones. The spaces are divided into three ring-shaped zones (“develop”, “gather and distribute” and “exchange”). Along the outside façade ring, concentrated work takes place in spacious offices. All permanent workplaces have ideal conditions for work. In the middle, three-part layer, one can withdraw or work in smaller groups. The central, two-story hall with a glass roof is the heart of the office environment and invites workers to linger and exchange ideas with colleagues.
OOS wins the study contract carried out by Priora for the southern construction site in the First District. Priora Development develops its extensive land reserve at Zurich Airport. The “First District” brand gives the entire development area a common identity.
In connection with the master planning in the First District, Priora Development launched a study commission in spring 2012 to gain important insights from a spatial planning and urban development perspective. OOS was able to convince the jury with its urban planning considerations and the long office and service building on the south site and win the study contract. The First District will become the hub between the city of Zurich and Zurich Airport and position itself as a business area with international appeal. Accordingly, OOS analysed the initial situation, values and vision and translated them into an architectural concept that meets the needs of corporate architecture. The 165-metre-long building sets an example and directly supports the positioning of the First District.
In the middle of the Old Town of Lucerne OOS designed and realized the spatial concept for an unconventional dental practice. The specified aim of this dentist was to offer his patients an experience and make their stay in the Dental Club as varied and pleasant as possible.
When developing the design concept with the stated objective of offering patients an extra something, OOS focused on atmospheric programming, re-interpretation of elements and the composition of the individual activities, which characterize a visit to the dentist. Through the creation of specific spatial worlds for each activity mixed with a portion of entertainment, an unmistakable Dental Club arose in place of a conventional dental practice. In the design process, attention was paid to matching the work environment necessary for the dentist’s work with a soothing atmosphere for the patients. For instance, patients are welcomed in the inviting setting of a club lounge with library, where they can pass their time with an iPad or a book. The “dentaliser” is a central zone with a white, glossy appearance. It functions as a neutralizing space around which the various rooms and activities (x-ray, office, bathroom, etc.) are arranged. The space in the treatment rooms is defined by a visual horizon. While the lower part is assigned to the task of a sterile, white world of a dentist’s work, the ceiling, which naturally is the focus of the patient, offers an open view of a map of the oceans and islands with new lands for continuous discovery and distraction.
One of the defining elements of the new Swiss embassy in Cameroon is its walled setting. A key project leitmotif is walls in the form of tiers. Using this architectural device, the surrounding wall is integrated into the overall concept of the building complex.
Walls running from north to south create alternating interior and exterior spaces with a pavilion-like structure. This sequence of spaces establishes assignable spatial qualities. The alternating indoor and outdoor areas and the associated varying light mood and atmosphere create spatial sequences which are full of suspense. The compound represents values which are concomitant with Switzerland and Swiss architectural culture: security, strength, calmness, precision and openness. The atmosphere is determined by the serenity and presence of the walls which accompany and guide visitors through the building. The horizontal configuration of the building makes use of the relatively steep incline of the terrain. Level 1 is where the “Chancellerie” together with the “Espaces de representation” are located. The degree of publicness is reduced as the building progresses from south to north. The private apartments of the ambassador and of his guests are located in the upper storey (“Résidence”). In the interior the materials applied are reduced, providing a clear and light impression according to the basic concept. The openings in the walls made of layered natural stone vary in their size depending on the intended use behind them. The facade gives a differentiated picture with a variation of light and shadow, while the warmth of the wooden partition walls and the wooden door and window frames contrasts with the brightness of the white painted concrete floors.
Allreal’s new showroom at the company headquarters (Eggbühlstrasse, Zurich) is tailored to the needs of prospective property buyers and endorses the company’s clear-cut brand profile.
Allreal pays special attention to the consultation process, which entails different requirements depending on the property. The new 95m2 salesroom is divided into zones by the walls. This contains niches for individual project windows in which the respective development is presented. In addition to a digital screen, a range of fittings and sample drawers, a shelf is integrated on which the specific colour and material selection of the property buyers can be laid out and photographed. In this way, the customers can also let the personally made choice of the finishing standard have an effect on them at home.
Musicians and music lovers working and creating on 10’000m2 in the CLAUDIA – House of Sounds. OOS has been entrusted with the entire process from the positioning to the design development and realization of the eight stories building.
On the basis of transdisciplinary workshops and in close cooperation with the client our team has worked on the vision, brand values and usage conception for this ambitious project. Located at a prominent place directly at the highly frequented highway, rehearsal rooms, music studios, club, retail, event techniques and gastronomy will be gathered together in the same building forming a new cluster.
The positioning and the brand values as well as the programmation have been transformed into an authentic future-looking design concept. Like a front-stage, the façade will have an obvious impact on the appearance of the building. Using the reference of a stage, it will be calm at daytime and glamorous by night. Inside (backstage) a hybrid mix of private and semi-private rooms bring opportunities for creativity and improvisation. Since autumn 2012 the house of sounds has become a lively place with interesting stories and illustrious guests.
OOS has been invited to take part in this competition with the goal of developing a block building in Opfikon that stands out due to its simplicity and creative sustainability. The concept has been developed in cooperation with Sichtraum.
The perimeter follows to the urban pattern and is built densely. The inner courtyard reaches the maximum extension possible and the different heights permit a well-balanced and optimized exposure to the sun. The colors on the loggias (balconies) implicate a lively atmosphere and structure the large-scaled front face. The apartments have a large entrée and are divided into rooms of similar sizes in order to gain flexibility for the individual preferences of the residents.
Urban life, independence and flexibility are buzzwords that appeal to committed singles and “dinks”. Good amenities and communications within the community are arguments for an elderly generation.
The area’s central position surrounded by the various development structures is fundamental to the project. The fragmented detached residences on Freudenberg meet with the uniform succession of various standards in the area of the Sihl River. Directly to the east, starts the perimeter block development of the city.
The project combines the typology of point block building with the atmospheric density of an old town. The type of point block building enables the view of individual buildings to be specifically controlled and an orientation on three sides for each apartment. The external spaces relate to external space and interspace within an old town in terms of their proportions and conception. These spaces are familiar and urban. Their proportionateness enables the occupier to build a relationship with these spaces and make them their own. Much more than the usual, generic gaps between buildings, these are places with which to identify. Individual contexts emerge for each building with a clear prestige value.
The principle of layering space starts with the apartments. The individual units are grouped around the development center in the middle of the building. These are, in turn, developed around an internal center. A flexible floor plan layout and various divisions are possible. The three sides enable the apartments to be oriented south as well as north toward to the recreational area. Involvement by the occupants in the design and future changes (amalgamating apartments etc.) is made possible.
The manor Bachtobel with its existing buildings, today mainly used for the production of wine, is to be given a gentle and controlled revitalisation through the additional use of the historical building fabric.
OOS was entrusted with the task of leading this process. After the development of the master plan, the innovations were translated into a spatial concept and the programming of the buildings was worked out as part of a preliminary project. In a first stage, the converted tasting room was opened in early summer. Furthermore, parts of the listed substance are to be converted into a residential section as well as additional office space.
The Schlossgut Bachtobel has been family-owned since 1784 and combines historic buildings, forest, vineyards and meadows into a unique and valuable unit.
Based on the functional needs of customers and users for a technical building with an office section, the architects generated a spatial atmosphere that derives from the relationship between technology and nature.
The usable floor space on the north side of the existing building (Cube I) was enlarged five times to a surface area of 10,500 m2. Due to the setting of the two units of the building, a new smaller space was created, which has had a positive effect, enhancing the overall spatial situation. The artificial hill at the end of the building provides an attractive finishing touch, leading to a high-quality workplace in marked contrast to the surroundings dominated by industry.
The expansion was already under consideration during the development of Cube I so that it could be implemented without an additional development plan. The separation between the main building and the adjacent powerhouse strengthens its character as a campus, given further emphasis by the different colors of the facades. The logic and the sensory appeal expressed in Cube II are predicated on the analogy to a machine. The cooling of the central spaces takes place through the facade. The air is drawn in through the facade on one side, and the heated air is released on the opposite side. In order to lend equal consideration to the technical and design specifications, the metal facade elements (metal panels) were folded. This ensures the stability and planarity of the aluminum elements held together at just a few points, even given the high percentage area of the perforations.
Together with Bednar Albisetti Architekten OOS was invited to participate in the competition for the Zeughausareal in Winterthur.
Different building structures in different scales meet at the Zeughaus site. In its scale, the project refers directly to the large urban forms of the Zeughaus and the surrounding buildings. The basic urban concept is based on the idea of spatially differentiated outdoor spaces that include the existing workshop between the armouries on the site. These different, perceptible qualities of the outdoor spaces create specific and individual contexts for the flats with a clear address formation for the residents. The urban design is based on two building typologies: The row buildings with “thickenings” structure the outdoor spaces and the point buildings each act as a “hinge” to the adjacent plots.
On the inside, the projecting balconies reveal a lively, homely atmosphere towards the common courtyards. With different dimensions and materials, the balconies – together with the façade materialisation – ensure individuality and a high level of living comfort. Spatially, the flats are arranged around a large entrance hall, which serves as a switching zone between the large eat-in kitchen, the living room and the other rooms and underlines the generosity of the flat. The individual houses have specific themes, so that each building sets its own accents, conveys individuality and creates places of identification.
For the third time, Pöyry, one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting companies, has commissioned OOS to design a new office environment. In the Swiss headquarters, an area of 700m2 was converted on the seventh floor.
The goal was to create an inspiring working environment that represented the company’s identity. The corporate architecture elements developed by OOS were taken up again in the design concept and adapted to the new situation. Design elements such as the CI colour palette, the arrangement of the rooms, the lighting concept and the glass subdivisions were adopted and reinterpreted.
In order to present the five Pöyry business units represented on the floor, OOS developed a 45m long collage, which fits into the existing corporate design as a new, identity-forming element and highlights the company’s values. The pixelated elements of the collage were designed using Parametric Design Tools, printed on foil and applied to the wooden panels. The new design element adorns the walls along the entire floor length and connects the five business areas.
The sandy beach sets the Mythenquai open-air swimming pool apart from all other baths in the city of Zurich and represents a unique offer. By extending the beach area, this specific quality is reinforced and the profile of the lido is sharpened.
The superimposition of two moods, that of the sandy beach and the classic northern European tree landscape, creates a new flair in the Badi that defines the park. The valuable and protectable tree population is preserved and knitted further in the sense of the existing structure.
The poetry of the tree formations develops into the formal language of the building and the roof. The filigree appearance of the roof and its soft forms allow a harmonious integration into nature. Through the addition of underlying circular shapes, the roof is not perceived as a clear line and the length is reduced in perception to the respective segments. The building itself allows for (unexpected) views of the lake and the mountain panorama time and again through the distribution over two volumes and through the complete openings of the façade in the public area.
With a showroom, Allreal informs about the urban development and the offered uses for retail trade and residential property in the new Richti area.
In order to best present the identity of the future Richti area, OOS developed a multidimensional concept of a showroom. Here, the atmosphere created in the Richti area is to be conveyed as realistically as possible. This is achieved by using authentic materials, digital media, lighting moods, scents and an audio installation that stimulates the viewer’s senses in a restrained but unique way and creates an overall mood.
The urbanistic ground plan (situation) and the atmosphere of the Richti area are recorded in the interior of the showroom via the themes “Hof – Gasse – Platz”. At the centre of the showroom is the 1:200 model of the area, which, at 2.50 x 3.00 metres, shows a very realistic picture of the future structure and environment and on whose surface additional information such as different sun positions and seasons or traffic flows are simulated “realistically” with a video projection.
In this concept competition, OOS has shown its own interpretation of fashion as a communication vehicle. The visitor is an observer and becomes the object of observations, too.
The Tokyo Fashion History Museum is a kinetic building consisting of 21 movable exhibition boxes. During the “museum trip” the museum visitor can walk through the differently staged exhibition boxes, enjoy the view of the city and observe the passing scenes of visitors and exhibits. The concept eludes a strictly chronological exhibition dramaturgy, because the sequence of rooms changes at any time by changing to another exhibition box. The performative character of the building intensifies the experience of the museum visitor and attracts the attention of the public. The museum is both stage and tribune, the museum guest actor and spectator.
The hotel of the 21st century – urban planning, architecture, landscaping, scenography and interior design stage an environment that is unique in the entire Caribbean and sets a benchmark for future buildings in and around Cuba.
In order to be able to arrange the rooms of the hotel optimally, a special software was developed. The main criterion for this optimisation was to orient each room towards the sea or, if this is not possible, to create a larger room towards the park. Other parameters determined the minimum distances between the rooms and the number of rooms per building, as well as the direct sunlight. The optimization process is based on a generic algorithm that analyzed the layout of the hotel and changed it through several iterations.
The design is an architectural expression of the relationship with Cuba, Trinidad and the local environment; elegant and relaxing at the same time, it is contemporary, attractive and functional. It is the result of a mixture of existing Caribbean architecture and a reinterpretation of colonialist architectural elements. The design emphasis, such as colonnades, terraces, pergolas, facades, gardens, curtains and Cuban art, evoke an amazing architectural ensemble full of character, somewhere between Caribbean and contemporary architecture.
The new interpretation of the Vaud country house. The contemporary 2-family house integrates formally and visually into the rural environment and building tradition of the canton of Vaud.
On the site in Trélex, OOS is building a 2-family house with a total of 520m2 of living space. The challenge was how to establish contemporary architecture in the core zone of a picturesque village with a rigid neighbourhood plan. The new interpretation of the Vaudois country house can be seen, among other things, in the large, traditionally held roof form, which, however, jumps from the outer edge to the inner edge of the second house, thus structuring the body of the building and giving the volume that special “kink”. The “petite tuille vaudoise” roof shingles are constructed monolithically according to the old tradition. The large windows set into the façade reference the old manor houses.
At the client’s request, renewable energies and rapidly renewable materials are used in the houses. The consistent separation of the primary, secondary and tertiary structures results in a simple construction. The houses have solar collectors, which are used to generate hot water for the sanitary facilities and heating. In addition, a heat pump is used to compensate for the lack of sunlight in winter and to convert the cold air into energy.
“LA GALERIE DU VIN” is both a sales and a tasting and seminar room and is able to appeal to regular customers and passers-by alike. The OOS room concept picks up on the company’s values and traditions and focuses on the wine bottles.
The interior design aims to create a strong image of a landscape made up of wine crates, in which the quality wines are presented like in a Schaulager with their crates. Around 1,500 unbranded wine crates from the Bordeaux region cover the entire room up to the ceiling and form a grotto-like environment. The wooden crates are both an architectural element and part of the furniture. Arranged in a grid, they serve as a platform for around 570 wines, illuminated table showcases as well as books and seats. In the middle of the room, the reception is situated as a counter, equipped for wine purchase advice and with its violet/ruby tone contrasting with the wood of the wine crates. The lights on the ceiling are formally oriented to the wine bottles and integrate into the presentation of the wine bottles.
Located in the Atlantic rainforest (Mata Atlantîca) south of the state Bahia the Casa Brasil III (Ka Bru Forest) blends into the particular ecological system of the paradise like environment.
The interior of the holiday home is divided by platforms of different heights and structured according to use. The floor plan translates the structural requirements and technological possibilities into a surprising architectural system that faces north and guarantees optimum solar radiation and shading.
For transatlantic cooperation, a simple construction manual is sketched out. The virtual 3D model is implemented directly on site with the available materials without the help of classical construction plans. Traditional types of construction are reinterpreted; for example, the roof is made of palm leaf wickerwork and blends with the vegetation of the hillside location. The house is ecologically self-sufficient.
The live music club Exil is conceived as a “black box” and can be staged in different ways depending on the event or concert.
The sequence of rooms on the ground floor already begins in pitch black. The only differences are the materials of the surfaces: The fleecy carpet contrasts with the shiny, smooth surface of the artificial resin, while the relief surface of the matt walls is covered in a shiny varnish. The differently colored, exchangeable curtains define the stage area, which is ideally aligned towards the audience. The bar made of massive oak beams sets the tone. Behind it, the metal curtain creates unexpected light reflections. All conversion measures on the ground floor address the spatial acoustics and create excellent, harmonious sound conditions. The smoking room adds a contrast with its Bordeaux colored carpet. From the mysterious, dark world on the ground floor, one descends to a surprising array of bright, neon-colored rooms one floor below, with monochrome abstractions that create a completely unexpected spatial experience.
The Office and Service Centre planned and implemented by OOS at the Klybeck Plant in Basel is located directly on the Rhine River and provides a wonderful view of the river and the Novartis Campus on the other side through its glass facade.
The structuring of the facade using a filigree grid pattern gives the seven-story building its specific character and simultaneously integrates it into the urban ensemble of its environment. The anodised aluminium frames consolidate the artistic and technical aspects into one element. The appearance changes from maximum transparency to a completely closed-off cladding.
The building consists of two sections that are used for different purposes. While the lower floors feature the requirements for a technical building unit, the upper floors are designed as office space and offer a contemporary work environment for about 220 employees. The floors are arranged in different zones. The central area is furnished as a multi space and structured with smaller meeting rooms, informal meeting zones and telephone alcoves. The large meeting rooms are located on the short facades. The communication zones facing towards the Rhine provide break room facilities thanks to their kitchenettes. A bench along the façade invites informal exchange among employees and simultaneously gives the room a clear demarcation.