House 2 – Counter City is a 240 sqm public architectural installation in Zurich, based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction.
House 2 – Counter City is a 240 sqm public architectural installation situated next to the Toni-Areal in Zurich. The project is based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) — a laboratory of EPFL led by Dieter Dietz.
The project involved 200 first-year students, who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland in six shipping containers to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure. Devoted to social and cultural events, the public installation is not a homogenous architecture, but rather, the result of various different contributions. Each offers an approach to spatial appropriation by many voices, in a dialogical process that questions the quality of public life in view of growing cities around the globe.
In reference to Richard Sennett’s recent book Together, strong emphasis is given to the notion of collectivity and the negotiation of space of social difference. The project works as a pedagogical tool that materializes these topics in the design-build process, and in its physical and spatial parameters.
House 2 – Counter City, Zurich
Architect: ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Design team: ALICE Studio – Dieter Dietz, Daniel Zamarbide, Raffael Baur, Laurent Chassot, Elena Chiavi, Jorge Christie, Margherita Del Grosso, Aurélie Dupuis, Thomas Favre-Bulle, Stéphane Grandgirard, Patricia Guaita, Emma Letizia Jones, Clarisse Labro, Agathe Mignon, François Nantermod, Dario Negueruela, Rudi Nieveen, Laura Perez Lupi, Myriam Perret, Jaime Ruiz, Thibault Smith, Ruben Valdez
Lead engineer timber construction: Rémy Meylan, Atelier Whood x Mug
Sound work consultation: Sophie Mallett
Area: 240 sqm