Forms of Community
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give a lecture on Forms of Community at Syracuse University New York on March 22 at 7:15pm local time. Tune in!
Oliver Lütjens will speak on the topic of sufficiency at the symposium "More Than Fifteen Years : Six Takes on Housing After the Neoliberal Turn" organized by the Rice University of Atlanta.
Postmodern, aber frei von ironischer Distanz
As part of the series <Baukultur 1975-2000> by Hochparterre, Oliver Lütjens presents a building by Roland Gross located in Russenweg in Zürich.
A Book on Making a Petite École
The book by MOS comprises a compilation of design exercises for children by an invited group of architects with a contribution by Lütjens Padmanabhan.
Studio Voices of Change at Harvard University GSD
This spring, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will be the Kenzo Tange Design Critics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The studio Voices of Change is looking at the transformation of Los Angeles' warehouses into cooperative housing. The idea is to give architectural form to a more sustainable and more just way of life. The studio believes that the answers should be rational and personal simultaneously, and that they can only be found by going through the unforeseeable messiness of the creative process.
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan about the Open order with the example of Herdernstrasse in Zürich. In the book Feine Fassaden Lando Rossmaier presents together with Karin Ohahshi and his students a selection of projects that stand up to the prevailing arbitrariness and meaniglessness of contemporary architecture.
Here comes Zwhatt
Construction of the long-House on the Zwhatt site in Regensdorf has started and is advancing with great strides!
The Zwhatt documentary examines the transformation of the site, one of the largest urban planning projects in Switzerland, from a multitude of perspectives.
À la recherche de la limite inférieure
Lisa De Visscher spoke with Oliver Lütjens about their work as a statement in times of crisis and whether sufficiency can offer an architectural response to that crisis.
Lecture at the Centre for Fine Arts Bozar
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan are invited by A+ Architecture in Belgium and Bozar to give a lecture about their practice at the Centre for fine Arts in Brussels on November 22nd at 19:00.
Forms of community
Oliver Lütjens will give a talk to the students of Sophie Delhay's studio "Domestic City" at EPFL architecture.
A collection of interviews at Kingston University in London to find the human stories behind the work of those transforming the discipline. A project by Matthew Wells.
Open House Zürich 2022
Thomas Padmanabhan gives a tour through the Kanzleistrasse project as part of Open House Zürich 2022. Reserve your spot for the tour on Saturday, October 1st from 10 to 12 pm online.
Lecture at the University of California Berkeley
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give a talk about their practice at 13:05 (PST).
Austellung "Sprengkraft Raum"
Oliver Lütjens will give a talk for the vernissage of the exhibition Sprengkraft Raum – Architektur um 1970 of Pierre Zoelly, Rudolf + Esther Guyer, Manuel Pauli und Fritz Schwarz. The event takes place on September 27 at 18:00 in the university ZHAW.
1. Preis Wohnüberbauung Göbli
We are delighted to have won the 1st prize in the project competition with pre-qualification for the Göbli Baar residential development! We welcome the planning of 101 apartments for four of the six buildings on the site.
«Wie Smalltalk an einer Party»
"How and for what does the office use Instagram?" Read Oliver Lütjens' interview for Hochparterre about the use of Instagram at Lütjens Padmanabhan office. Read the full article online or in the printed August '22 issue of Hochparterre.
Learning “Space” from Shinohara
Oliver Lütjens will give a talk on his relation to the work of Shinohara as part of a Swiss-Japan Architecture Conference hosted by the Architekturforum. To be seen at Architekturforum Zürich on Thursday 1st of Septmeber from 10:30 am on (CET).
"Pier Paolo describes the moment Bramante arrives in Rome. He sees the ruins, and the ruins are gigantic... He experiences the sheer power of these structures... and he sees their capacity to transform the city. " Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan review the book On Bramante from Pier Paolo Tamburelli. Read the full review online on Drawing Matter.
The Unbearable Lightness of Building
"In referencing a wide-ranging set of cultural touchstones, their work feels urgent and closely linked to conditions of contemporary construction. Pragmatism and plurality undergird their buildings’ resolutions." Tiffany Xu writes about the work of Lütjens Padmanabhan in The Architect's Newspaper issue from June '22 .
UHU, FLAMINGO, SCOTCH
The three Lamps UHU, FLAMINGO and SCOTCH are now available through gallery FakeAuthentic.
Switzerland Architecture Japan
Thomas Padmanabhan will give a talk together with Stefan Wülser, Yuko Nagayama, Shigenori Uoya and Yujin Hirase at Architekturforum Zürich as part of the series Switzerland Architecture Japan on Saturday May 14th at 11:00 pm (CET).
Five Good Swiss Plans
Thomas Padmanabhan will give a talk on the floorplan of Herdernstrasse as part of the online Symposium Five Good Swiss Plans hosted by the University of Melbourne, in association with the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia. 10th of March 2022, 18:00-21:00 (AEDT UTC+11).
Lecture at the University of Illinois Chicago
Thomas Padmanabhan will give the lecture Glueing is Committing, organized by the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday February 2nd at 13:00 pm (CET).
Option Studio at Harvard GSD
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will be teaching an option studio at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Spring 2022. The studio Utopia: Forms of Community will look beyond function and typology to find a new sensibility for a new way of life. It will focus on the design of cooperative apartment buildings in Boston.
1. Prize competition Unterfeld Substation
Lütjens Padmanabhan Architekt*innen win the competition for the façade of the Unterfeld Substation in Zug/Baar. The new building for WWZ is part of Circulago, a regional, sustainable energy net powered by the water of Lake Zug.
Venice Studio Melbourne
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will be teaching at the free online summer/winter-school Venice Studio Melbourne from January 8-18, 2022. Venice Studio Melbourne @ MPavilion, is a suite of ultra-short design studios and public programs (held online over zoom and broadcast live into the MPavilion) hosted by established and emerging international offices of architecture and urbanism.
Lecture at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give a lecture on Facade / Interior / Exterior / Autonomy / Heteronomy, at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Workshop at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will be teaching the workshop Forms of Community at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile this Autumn Semester. Based on the history of a household of a local community, the design workshop seeks to explore the idea of transformation in housing.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Lecture at The Cooper Union
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give the lecture Houses and Housing, organized by The Cooper Union in New-York.
The Practice of Architecture
Maria Conen, Jonathan Sergison and Oliver Lütjens will give a talk as part of the exposition The Practice of Architecture at the forum d'architectures Lausanne.
Auszeichnung guter Bauten Stadt Zürich 2016-20
The City of Zurich has awarded the house am Waldmeisterweg with the Good Building Award. We are delighted together with our client the PWG Foundation, and all the planners involved. Image: Georg Aerni.
For the Love of Architecture
Die Liebe zur Architektur (For the Love of Architecture) is a series of five online talks curated by the Swiss architect Peter Märkli, hosted by the Architecture Foundation. In this final part, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan discuss the exchange of architectural ideas between Europe and America with Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample of the New-York based MOS Architects.
F / A FakeAuthentic LIFE OF THE OTHERS
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give a talk together with Haring & Voud and fala atelier organized by F / A FakeAuthentic as part of the lecture series Life of the others on Monday June 7th at 12:30 pm (CET).
"Ich glaube wir schauen Dinge immer aus unserer jetzigen Zeit, aus unserer jetzigen Perspektive an, sowohl das Bild aus Venedig wie auch das Bild von der Agglomeration. Wenn ich mir vorstelle, dass ich nach Venedig gehe und mir all die schönen Kirchen und Palladio-Bauten anschaue, dann gehe ich mit ein paar Nike-Sneakers durch die Stadt und nicht mit ein paar offenen Sandalen oder wahnsinnig teuren, handgemachten Lederschuhen." Oliver Lütjens und Thomas Padmanabhan führen in der Lila Strauss Ausgabe Agglotypen ein Gespräch über Agglomeration.
Book «On and around architecture – Ten conversations»
"We never fight over an expressive detail, we never fight over narrative, you know, romatic narrative form. We always fight over the difficult classical order, or structure. And that's very exciting: there can be phases of just twenty minutes of model making, and then a discussion, then thirty minutes of model making, in this kind of staccato of conversation and model making. That's the most exciting phase of it." Thomas Padmanabhan in the book On and around architecture – Ten conversations which features a conversation about models between Oliver Lütjens, Thomas Padmanabhan, Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates.
Vortrag an der TU Braunschweig
Oliver Lütjens und Thomas Padmanabhan halten den Gastvortrag Offene Form mit einem anschliessenden Gespräch mit Professor Dan Schürch in der Reihe ARCHITEKTURPOSITIONEN am Architektur Department an der TU Braunschweig.
Lecture at The Royal Danish Academy
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give the lecture Typological Uncertainty, organized by The Royal Danish Academy as part of the lecture series The Complex Interior.
The Royal Danish Academy
Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give the talk "Binningen and Beyond" as part of the lecture series Skizzenwerk, organized by architecture students of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).
Five on Five Lecture at Harvard GSD
Sean Canty, Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan will give a talk as part of the conversations series Five on Five organized by The Architecture Department at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
The Therwill Terraced House is featured in DOMa, Issue 03. Next to a variety of model shots, tipp-ex drawings, construction details, and iphone images the thirty page feature contains new photographs by Stefano Graziani.
"We find models much more productive than renderings for example. Renderings have an incredibly short half-life. In an model, you can clearly see the proportions, the expression, the plastic effect and the relationship of details to the whole much better then in a rendering. The model leaves some things more open. It suggests something that is not there yet but already has its own reality." The book Image features a conversation between Anja Dotter and Oliver Lütjens on images and models.
"Die Architektur von Baukuh ist sich des Groben und des Unvereinbaren ihrer Bauweise bewusst. Edle Materialien werden nicht verbaut. Es ist eine Architektur der schwindenden Mittel. Mit ihren klaren Gesten und dicken Linien erinnert sie ein Stück weit an die Pop-Art, in deren Arbeiten das Unpräzise, Rohe und schnelle etwa des Siebdrucks als stilistisches Mittel benutzt wurde." Der Text Formstarke Leere von Oliver Lütjens und Thomas Padmanabhan über den Flagship-Store Birrificio Angelo Poretti in Varese von Baukuh erscheint mit Bildern von Stefano Graziani in der April 21 Ausgabe von Werk, Bauen + Wohnen.
Werk, Bauen + Wohnen
Log 50: Model Behavior
"We are literally confronted with the task of transforming an ugly volume into architecture through the design of the facade! That also explains the strange slippage between interior and facade that we often exprience when we struggle to find an adequate exterior expression." Thomas Padmanabhan in The Log fall issue, which features a conversation about models between Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan with Michael Meredith from the New-York based MOS Architects.
Anlässlich der Ausstellung XXX die III. – correspondances diskutieren Oliver Lütjens und Thomas Padmanabhan mit Susanna Koeberle und Jörg Boner im Podcast der Galerie Mark Müller über Objekte und Figuren.
XXX die III. – correspondances
As part of the group exhibtion XXX die III. – correspondances we will be showing a series of lamps and tables. The show at Galerie Mark Müller will be curated by Susanna Koeberle, Frédéric Dedelley and Jörg Boner. Galerie Mark Müller, Hafnerstrasse 44, 8005 Zürich, November 7 to December 19, 2020.
Next Year in Yemen
Thomas Padmanabhan's account of drawing Yemen as a first year architecture student in 1993 is published on Drawing Matter. 'Knowing that there was the possibility of a civil war, I felt a strange sense of urgency. I was aware that I might never be able to return, and that some of the buildings I sketched during my journey might be destroyed in the near future.'
Architekturpreis Kanton Zürich 2019
Lütjens Padmanabhan Architects and the PWG Foundation and have been awarded with the 2019 Architecture Prize of the Canton Zurich for the house on Waldmeisterweg. The award is presented to clients and architects who have shown exemplary commitment to the realisation of high-quality architecture, and whose submitted projects have demonstrated urban and architectural qualities on the theme of "COLLABORATIVE!?".
Matthew Blunderfield speaks with Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan about references, irony and the relationship between construction and truth.
Listen to the podcast on soundcloud or itunes.
Lütjens Padmanabhan will contribute to the exhibtion Alternative Histories curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation. Acknowledging that architecture is a corpus of inherited ideas, Alternative Histories invited more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. 23 March–14 April 2019, 6 Cork Street, Mayfair, London. Open Saturdays and Sundays only 11am–6pm.
Auszeichnung Guter Bauten
The house in Binningen has received the award Gute Bauten 2018 from the cantons Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt. The exhibition is on display at the Kleine Theaterplatz in Basel and at the forecourt of the government building in Liestal until November 12.
4th prize Baugewerbliche Berufsschule Zürich
Our proposal for the Baugewerbliche Berufsschule Zürich has been awarded with the 4th prize. The exhibition of this open competition with 103 entries can be visited at Zollstrasse 36 in Zürich until September 18.
Architektur und die Welt Podcast
Tilla Baganz spricht mit Oliver Lütjens über Fassaden, die Renaissance, die Lehre und das Entwerfen zu zweit.