VOGT are the landscape architects of the Olympic Village (London 2012 Games)! We are happy to have the permission to declare our participation.
On Monday, 6 May, Maren Brakebusch will hold a lecture in the Architecture Forum in St Gallen. Within the series Material, she will present a landscape architect's and especially VOGT's material and its use. The lecture titled Surface Interface will be held in German.
Place: Architekturforum St. Gallen, Davidstrasse 40, 9004 St Gallen
Timet: 6 May 2013, 19:30
Entrance: 10.00 CHF/Members of AFO free
On 19 April, Günther Vogt will hold a lecture at the LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum in Rome, looking at the "Rural fringe". The event will take place at the University La Sapienza from 17 to 20 April.
For further information, please check the website of the LE:NOTRE Institute.
10 Years Masoala-Hall Zoo Zurich: Opening treetop pathway
Ten years ago, VOGT built the Masoala Rain Forest Hall in the Zurich Zoo. Ever since, it has been an inherent part of zoo visits and the expression of a new philosophy in presenting animals. Instead of only looking at single animals in their cages, visitors can walk through the spacious model of a whole habitat.
Eventually, the zoo and VOGT provide the opportunity to experience the Masoala Rain Forest Hall not only on one, but on three different levels.
A footbridge connects two new towers, offering a walk through the tree tops, next to birds, flying foxes, and varies. The higher tower includes a platform of 18 meters offering a fascinating view over the canopy.
In a feature,SF 1 «Einstein» looked back to the development - and behind the scenes (video clip from 28 March 2013, in German).
For more information, check www.zoo.ch (German only).
After the jury's unanimous recommendation, VOGT won the Bäderquartier competition with Barao-Hutter and Porta.
A redesign shall stress Baden's historic meaning and bring it back into people's awareness, while it shall revive the district, taking into account design, monument preservation, technical and financial framework requirements.
After several months of discussion with three competing teams, the Fédération Française de Rugby (FRR) has finally made its choice of designers for the French national rugby stadium competition releasing the first images of the project. VOGT London is proud to be part of the winning team lead by POPULOUS Architects and Ateliers 2/3/4.
The FFR with its 82‘000 capacity venue will become the official national stadium of rugby. Its design will embody the ambition and future vision of the FFR, both in a sporting and a commercial sense for what has been defined as the « jardin du rugby français »
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About 10 years ago, VOGT built the Masoala Rain Forest Hall in the Zurich Zoo. Ever since, it has been an inherent part of zoo visits and the expression of a new philosophy in presenting animals. Instead of only looking at single animals in their cages, visitors can walk through the spacious model of a whole habitat. Eventually, the zoo and VOGT provide the opportunity to experience the Masoala Rain Forest Hall not only on one, but on three different levels.
A ropeway connects two new towers, offering a walk through the tree tops, next to birds, flying foxes, and varies. The higher tower includes a platform offering a fascinating view over the canopy.
On 12 March, the topping-out ceremony will take place in the Masoala Rainforest Hall.
For more information, check www.zoo.ch (German only).
The exhibition reexamines the depiction of the horizontal surfaces and material grounds of landscape architecture. It describes a series of foundational techniques used in the representation of the ground, taken from various disciplinary sources. Through the analysis of a series of maps and plans, we identified eleven graphic systems within four broad themes. These cartographic strategies offer an instrumental array for describing various conditions: subsurface, temporal, aqueous, and terrestrial. These representational tools are at once analytical and projective, precise yet speculative. Taken together, they form a rich symbolic language capable of describing existing and imagined landscapes.
VOGT is one of the "cartographers".
Introduction by Philip Ursprung
Tuesday, Oktober 9th 2012, 18.00
ETH Hönggerberg, HIL E 4
Missing Link - Lower Lea Valley to the Thames
Günther Vogt has chosen for the students from Harvard a site in London - a strip of land, approximately 0.8 by 2.4 kilometers, located in the Lower Lea Valley. The Lea Valley contains the Lea River, one of the few remaining tributaries of the Thames that extends north through the East End of London, into the suburbs and beyond. This river valley has played an important roll in London’s history and development and it has received increased attention in the past few years as it was named the site for the 2012 Olympics. It is also now targeted for major redevelopment projects funded by private developers in cooperation with the City of London. The site that was chosen is not the Olympic site; rather, it is an industrial and post-industrial wedge of land that should connect the Olympic site along the LeaRiver back to the Thames via Bow Creek, a largely impassible zone that separates the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham. Certain themes readily emerge: the post-Olympic hangover of the city, the speed of capitalist speculation, decaying and new infrastructures, and the sociological and economic pressures they create.The site itself is characterized by its sectional and programmatic complexity, hydrology, fragmentation, pedestrian impermeability and economic disparity.
During the research last week, where all Harvard students came to London, a workshop at the VOGT London office took place. Modelstudies and the way we design and work with models where shown to the students giving the students an insight of our daily work as landscape architects.
Inspiring the students for the upcoming project, different techniques where presented such as drawing e.g. with pencil, water colours, crayons and charcoal and using various kinds of paper.
During our daily work in the office the first formulation of a project program and the communication of a final design concept, the countless thought processes are recorded in the form of sketches, drawings, plans, models, movies and 3-D visualizations. This way of thinking, working and designing where comunicated to the students during this workshop.
We are pleased that Günther Vogt’s ETH chair will - in collaboration with the Case Studio VOGT – take part in this year's International Architecture Exhibition in Venice!
As part of the Architecture Biennale, themed “Common Ground”, the contribution to the exhibition takes the city itself as the starting point and examines the public space, understood as a commons, in the tension between resource and utilization. By interviewing the local people in three specific public spaces in Venice, a subjective perception of the local "resource" and its regulatory framework in relation to the daily lives shall be determined. The results of the surveys are translated into the language of the kiosk, where these alternative views of Venice will be sold in the forms of newspapers, maps, postcards, etc. The kiosk as an element of public space stands in the tension between local and global, and shall establish a dialogue between the city and the Biennale.
13th International Architecture Exhibition - Common Ground
Directed by David Chipperfield
29 August - 25 November 2012
Preview: 27/28 August
Awards ceremony and Opening: 29 August
Over the past ten years, Vogt Landscape Architects have designed a wide variety of public and private open spaces in Switzerland and Europe. These include the Athletes village for the Olympic Games in London.
Miniature and Panorama provides a survey of their work, divided into different types of outdoor spaces — landscape, park, square, garden, cemetery, courtyard, promenade and interior spaces. In several essays in this publication, Günther Vogt outlines his understanding of landscape architecture as a heterogeneous field that unites different aspects of natural and social sciences and design. His essays are complemented by contributions reflectingthe spirit of his work from artist friends Olafur Eliasson, Hamish Fulton, Roman Signer, Olaf Unverzart and Christian Vogt.
Günther Vogt's ETH chair is intensively dealing with the topic of Urban Farming. The public, too, is currently very interested in it. RSI (Radiotelevisione Svizzera) interviewed Günther Vogt among others about his view on and experience with Urban Farming. The feature was broadcasted on 13 June, but everybody who missed it can listen to it here (Italian): Radio feature
"Designing knowledge - results and methods of research by design in landscape architecture" - on 22 June, teachers from universities from all over Europe will lecture and discuss this topic. Günther Vogt will participate in the symposium with a lecture titled "Knowledge based design".
The conference will be open to the public and held in English.
You can find the program here: www.entwerfen.tu-berlin.de
Occation: Conference Designing knowledge
Date: 22 June, 9:00-18:00
Place: TU Berlin, Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Extension building, EB 301
As part of the cultural program in the Swiss television, Günther Vogt is giving an interview about the "Phenomenon Urban Farming". Topic is, among other things, the Urban Farming Project of the Department Vogt on the ONA-building's roof terrace in Oerlikon.
You can watch and download the program here: www.podcast.sf.tv
23 May 2012, 22:20
Welcome to our new website! After ten years, VOGT is treating itself with a new internet presence. Have fun exploring!
Please excuse possible mistakes and non-running functions in the beginning. We will correct them as soon as possible.
Are there any mountains in Berlin? Can you transplant mountains? Are they becoming artificial mountains then
On 30 March, a new exhibition will open in the Case Studio: 'Non Sites Sight'. Besides his 'Berlin Alps' panoramas, Julian Charriere is showing a corresponding documentary film and model landscapes of quite a different nature.
Günther Vogt contributed to the exhibition with the text about horizons (in German).
'Non Sites Sight'
Exhibition: 31 March – 22 June 2012
Opening: 30 March, 18:00
VOGT Case Studio, Stampfenbachstrasse 59, 8006 Zurich
Free entry. Please contact
The Sulzerareal Wek is becoming the focus of a nearby-town-center development in Winterthur. VOGT Zurich is making its contribution in the form of an urban mission statement, which we have developed together with Gigon Guyer Architects. As part of the Architecture Forum Winterthur, the results of the test plan are presented and Günther Vogt and Mike Guyer introduce the mission statement. The evening concludes with a discussion on both topics.
Forum Architecture Winterthur: Current construction events in Winterthur
Sulzerareal Factory 1 – Test plan and urban mission statement
20 March, 19:00
Gallery Knoerle und Baettig, Jägerstrasse 50, Winterthur
VOGT‘s public realm and streetscape designs for the Athletes Village, now known as East Village, will go on display at the New London Architecture Centre from the 13th of March.
Situated on the doorstep of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the new neighbourhood of East Village will be the first residential legacy to result from the Games when it opens to residents in late 2013. The exhibition reveals the work of 16 internationally renowned architects, together with VOGT‘s landscape design, illustrating the story of the development of East Village and its role in the wider transformation of Stratford and East London.
For more information, please check http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/exhibition.php?id=347&name=east_village_a_lasting_legacy_for_london
'East Village – a lasting legacy for London'
13 to 31 March
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London
To walk from tor to tor across Dartmoor National Park in England is to experience the same structure again and again, and this makes it a fascinating landscape for thinking about the shape of a walk. Tors are granite outcrops: the highest elevations on the open moor, and often the only landmarks. Because of this, Dartmoor walkers use the tors for orientation, climbing up onto each one for a far-reaching view to the next: landmark becomes viewpoint.
The transformation of panorama and portrait photographs into a conceptual model provided the starting point for the ‘Four Tor Panorama’, installed in June 2010 as part of a Vogt exhibition at London’s A Foundation. Visitors could virtually trace our steps, gaining insight into the way we read and interpreted the essential structure of the unique Dartmoor landscape.
'Four Tor Panorama'
VOGT Case Studio, Stampfenbachstrasse 59, 8006 Zürich
The program Global-local offers young artists from Berlin to exhibit their work in Switzerland. From 28 January to 3 March 2012, Spiros Hadhidjanos and Kathrin Köster will show their art in the gallery Kunst im Bauhof, Winterhthur. On Saturday, 28 January, they will talk about space with Günther Vogt. The event, including also a tour around the exhibition, starts at 13:30.
More information can be found on the gallery’s website (German): http://www.kunst.bauhof.ch/article.php
Occation: Artists’ talk
Date: 28 January, 13:30-15:00
Place: Galerie Kunst im Bauhof, Winterthur
VOGT Zurich and Christian Kieckens Architects from Brussels won the competition about the new crematorium in Zemst.
The landscape design focuses on the three elements of the surrounding: forest, meadows and water. While the enlarged area of the forest hosts practical functions, like parking and an access road, and screens less attractive elements in the neighbourhood, the meadows, apparently sprawling from the open landscape to the crematorium, lead the view to the horizon and offer paths for strolling. Both areas interlace and offer spaces of calmness and for memorization. Within the crematorium realm, the ditches typical for the area are widened to broad water elements, lying in the meadows like naturally. They are mirrors of the sky and expression of the landscape’s metamorphosis into a park at the same time.
In collaboration Meili Peter Architects VOGT Zurich won the competition about the Hotel Dolder Waldhaus in Zurich.
As part of the Dolder Resort, which also includes the luxury hotel Dolder Grand, the high rise building of the Dolder Waldhaus from the 60s is situated at the Zürichberg. According to Meili Peter Architects’ plans, the building will be replaced by a new one, making space for more rooms and a spacious wellness area. The jury particularly complemented its embedding into the surrounding topography and its elegant design.
VOGT London, as a member of David Chipperfield Architects team, has won the competition for lot D5 du Trapèze à Boulogne-Billancourt, a residential development in the West of Paris, within the famous former site of Renault factory. Part of the site is an island, ‘l'île Seguin’, now masterplanned by Ateliers Jean Nouve. It is anticipated to become a cultural hub in Paris and will include a cultural center, social facilities, extensive parks, gardens and shops.
The jury specifically prized the sensitive consideration of the direct surrounding of the Trapèze and Île Seguin as well as the wider context.
As part of the exhibition Perfume – Bottling Seduction in the Museum Bellerive in Zurich, VOGT is presenting scenting earth sculptures. In a smelling landscape close to the lake, the aromatic fragrance of a tree stump fascinates the visitor. It smells like the act of rotting. This transformation from material to scent gets visible as a cloud, while released energy can be experienced in a sensual way: radiating warmth, steaming and scenting.
2 December 2011–9 April 2012
Museum Bellerive, Höschgasse 3, Zurich
In collaboration with the architects Bünzli & Courvoisier, our office VOGT Zurich has won the competition “Landolt-Areal” in Zurich.
In the south of Zurich, close to the Sihl, a new housing area is developed. The comp-shaped building’s open spaces incorporate the surrounding elements: while the eastern areas with their topography and the selected plants are influenced by the close landscape, the precisely designed courtyards in the western areas closely follow the design of the neighbouring yards.
On Monday, 7 November, Güther Vogt and Stefan Jauslin, Prof. Thomas Matta and Prof. Dr. Dominik Siegtist will debate about the question “Do architects need physical planners or landscape architects? The panel discussion at the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil is open to the public.
Occation: Panel discussion
Date: 7 November, 17:30
Place: HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, room 5.001
On Wednesday, 9 November, Günther Vogt will present the way VOGT Landscape is working at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Date: 9 November, 18:00 c.t.
Place: Technical University of Darmstadt, Campus Lichtwiese, Departement for Architecture