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Florian Berner, Miriam Weyell

Weyell Berner Architekten

http://www.weyellberner.ch

Aargauerstrasse 60/20, Zurich, Switzerland
Florian Berner studied architecture and urban planning. As an architect he worked in several countries before he and Miriam Weyell established Weyell Berner Architekten in Zurich. Based on the heuristic method they startet the experimental project series ‚Zurich7’ in 2013. Next to his work he writes about architecture and urban phenomena, lectures and is member of juries. He is teaching at the university of applied sciences and arts in Lucerne Switzerland.

Imperfect adoption


Sustainable architecture is already built

Imperfect adoption


Sustainable architecture is already built
Imagine it is forbidden to demolish existing structures, but to use these as a foundation for new projects.

Then - When our ancestors were struggling against the elements, they made natural caves capable for their needs. The existing shape as found, had a strong influence on their all day life – and their evolution.

Now - We are drifters. We discover our spatial urban surrounding as a given natural structure. We change and adapt all those given spaces for our actual needs. It may be impractical to use an existing structure for another function, but these imperfect spaces may stimulate our individual senses again. As they do not only satisfy our all day needs, they will interrupt our routine and consequently change allday habits.

Then - Less buildings materials will be used to respond to current demands. On the other hand the intellectual debate about working with existing structures is crucial. We may rediscover and reinterpret - the elements.


The surveyed parking ramp accompanies one of the main aterial roads into Zurich. Since the road was expanded this elegant spiral ramp, built in 1964, has no function any more. Inspired by the inner sequence which generates an infinite loop we do illustrate three new functions: a temporary gallery, a creche and a satellite of the Migros art museum. The structure with its prominent form, location and unique history, has the potential to become a constant in the changing environment of Zurich West.

A temporary gallery generates additional space for art and events. A translucent skin retraces the given from with a thin shelter. The internal atmosphere is defined by the existing rough surface.

At night the inner structure appears again and flanks as a lantern the entrance to Zurich.

A creche for children highlights the lack of opportunities for working parents in Zurich. Running the inner infinite loop up and down, happy parents will catch up their tired kids in the evening.

As a satellite of the Migros Museum of contemporary art. The structure within a structure generates powerful spaces, distant and close to the artwork presented inside.

Imperfect adoption


Sustainable architecture is already built

Imperfect adoption


Sustainable architecture is already built
Imagine it is forbidden to demolish existing structures, but to use these as a foundation for new projects.

Then - When our ancestors were struggling against the elements, they made natural caves capable for their needs. The existing shape as found, had a strong influence on their all day life – and their evolution.

Now - We are drifters. We discover our spatial urban surrounding as a given natural structure. We change and adapt all those given spaces for our actual needs. It may be impractical to use an existing structure for another function, but these imperfect spaces may stimulate our individual senses again. As they do not only satisfy our all day needs, they will interrupt our routine and consequently change allday habits.

Then - Less buildings materials will be used to respond to current demands. On the other hand the intellectual debate about working with existing structures is crucial. We may rediscover and reinterpret - the elements.


The surveyed parking ramp accompanies one of the main aterial roads into Zurich. Since the road was expanded this elegant spiral ramp, built in 1964, has no function any more. Inspired by the inner sequence which generates an infinite loop we do illustrate three new functions: a temporary gallery, a creche and a satellite of the Migros art museum. The structure with its prominent form, location and unique history, has the potential to become a constant in the changing environment of Zurich West.

A temporary gallery generates additional space for art and events. A translucent skin retraces the given from with a thin shelter. The internal atmosphere is defined by the existing rough surface.

At night the inner structure appears again and flanks as a lantern the entrance to Zurich.

A creche for children highlights the lack of opportunities for working parents in Zurich. Running the inner infinite loop up and down, happy parents will catch up their tired kids in the evening.

As a satellite of the Migros Museum of contemporary art. The structure within a structure generates powerful spaces, distant and close to the artwork presented inside.


Idea by

Florian Berner, Miriam Weyell
Weyell Berner Architekten
Aargauerstrasse 60/20
Zurich
Switzerland
Florian Berner studied architecture and urban planning. As an architect he worked in several countries before he and Miriam Weyell established Weyell Berner Architekten in Zurich. Based on the heuristic method they startet the experimental project series ‚Zurich7’ in 2013. Next to his work he writes about architecture and urban phenomena, lectures and is member of juries. He is teaching at the university of applied sciences and arts in Lucerne Switzerland.