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Pronunciation: [uːzʊs]

The term USUS stands for habits, traditions, and more generally, common practice. Within our work, we aim to rethink norms and what is considered normal in order to create a new USUS. In finding a place between the familiar and the unfamiliar, we aim to rediscover landscape.

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L’eau et vous

Lausanne CH . 2019

La Place St François is flooded with movement and rhythm. It palpitates with high density and diversity. On the ground, visible to everyone, is the traffic. Above, in the sky, we see the system of cables that operate the buses. Underground, hidden from our eyes, the labyrinth of pipes and drains containing probably one of our most important resources; water, a symbol of vitality and dynamism and an essential element in garden planning since time immemorial. The water now returns to the surface by penetrating the hard asphalt like a force of nature that suddenly regains its rights.

The flow of water is regulated by nature - from the glacier to the rivers, through the lake to the people and back to the land. It's a cycle.

But what determines the city flows? Rules, connections, timings, sequences are all structured elements. These flows operate in distinct directions and speeds, clearly separated from one another. Where there is no interaction, there is no conflict so anything that stands in the way of efficiency must make way. As a result, pedestrians use underpasses and bridges.

But what gives life to a city, what makes it flow? What makes a city urban? Is it the density and sequences of traffic? Is it the rush of people? Or is it rather the unexpected interruptions between the two?

L’eau et vous project is an unexpected interruption. A rediscovery of nature within the city. An engaging and playful appropriation of public space.

The point of interest is altered, shifting towards a central common focus where the spectator is freed from his or her usual sequence and routine in the city. All users of the public space who were previously disconnected from each other are suddenly gathered for this brief instant. The dynamics and speed of traffic are transferred to the geysers of L’eau et vous, which gush water towards the sky.
The unexpected rupture and the sudden presence of geysers in the city creates a free space which frees the people. This pause generates a moment of reflection through a non-functional symbolic gesture where the unfamiliar confronts the familiar.

Competition 1 of 5 prizes

Barbara Marie Hofmann
DOSCRE Donet Schäfer Reimer Architekten

46°31'10.8"N 6°37'56.3"E

Philip Heckhausen


Wohnüberbauung Kloten

Kloten CH . 2020 - 2024

For once we quote from the assessment committee's report:

The proposed intervention is minimal, yet appears as an unleashed matter: this is how it should intervene on this site. The quality of the present design lies in its simplicity, the very specific appearance, the coherent and consistent adjustment of deficits as a result of equal urban planning and landscape architectural discussion and cooperation. Vulnerable entrances and terrace areas are protected by green structures and clarified in favour of a lively, pleasantly space-consuming centre. The design of the courtyards allows the experience of an attractive open space, accessible to the residents. Space can be used in a variety of ways creating a protected atmosphere with transitional spaces in the north and south.

Conclusion: The proposal consistently deals with the qualities and deficits of what has been found on-site and improves the observed through the design of the complex. A forward and therefore commendable approach. The result is dense, but still characteristic of the neighbourhood, with a clear connection to outside space and greenery that supports the concept and explicitly defined addresses. Sought-after qualities that no other concept approach is able to achieve in such consistency and quality.

Competition 1st prize

Fischer Architekten

47°26'36.5"N 8°35'23.1"E