du Paysage

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.”

L’eau et vous

Lausanne CH . 2018 - 2019 . OPENING 15th of june 2019

As a means to achieve awareness and visualization of open spaces, we rely on the inherent synergy of soil and water. The concept involves a grouping of water fountains that rise within an intersection. As a widely visible fountain, water breaks through the ground - the basis and foundation of urban life - and leaves its mark on it. The natural resources given to us become visible, as well as the immense powers that are inherent in them.

This triggers a return to the free space of (urban) people, an opening of the gaze, a new kind of perception. Through the fountain of water as a short-lived vivid spectacle of nature and technology, the usual view of the hasty pedestrian is interrupted. For a short duration, the gaze turns to the sky, and all that surrounds us becomes visible in just a brief moment of silence. The vastness of the surrounding space and the possibilities inscribed in it are made visible.

Barbara Marie Hofmann
Donet Schäfer Reimer Architects

3-Fach-Kindergarten Gartenstrasse

Würenlingen CH . 2015 - 2018

The new kindergarten on Gartenstraße is characterized by three large group rooms, which allow a strong relation from the southern street to the northern garden. Through large openings in the facade, the exterior space can be felt well into the building. The building is accessed via the back garden, making a direct connection between the house and the garden possible throughout the day.

In the garden, a large clearing as 'hortus conclusus' becomes a characteristic feature of the open space. It offers a large space for a variety of natural and dynamic play and recreation opportunities. Through horticultural areas the children may experience the handling of the cultivated landscape.

MKCR Architects

Illuster Rooftop Garden

Uster CH . 2015 - 2018

With the conversion of the shopping center and Hotel Illuster, the idea of a contemporary use of the large roof areas was born. The winding narrow paths lead through a collection of green islands, which, with their different levels of embankment, additionally subdivide the space, thus offering space for rest, relaxation and play. The planting is staggered in three heights and shows its aspects over the entire vegetation period. Diverse and at the same time easy to care for, a natural wildness is desired. In the long term, this will create a place for flora and fauna that has been relieved from the city floor and at the same time improves the cold air flows in the center of Uster. All used materials are permeable to water and allow maximum retention on the roof surfaces. The roof garden appears as a place of encounter and recreation with a view of the city of Uster and underlines its quality feature - the direct proximity of the city to the surrounding open countryside.

Baumschlager Eberle Architects

Titan Next 

Zürich CH . 2016 - 2021

The Blüemliquartier today is an intensively green quarter in the heart of Zurich. The aim is to adequately complement this density of greening and then develop it further. High-stemmed solitaire trees stand in groups along the façade and partly overlook the rooftops on the ground floor. The long-side building line is partially interrupted. In most parts of the outdoor area, the building will be surrounded by a green lane. The residents and neighbours receive the possibilities for crossing, encounter and stay. Small steps will connect the neighboring plots with the green lane and make this place an intersection of neighborly life. A plate covering is inserted in a generous surface sprea with gravel, which occasionally widens to small places. At the edges there is room for successive vegetation, which forms a transition to existing private gardens and the accompanying plantations of perennials and meadows. A striking group of trees forms the center of the courtyard and appears in relation to the surrounding facades.

Baumschlager Eberle Architects