Much more than «Square». Learning Center for the University of Saint-Gall by Sou Fujimoto

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Sou Fujimoto Architects Paris (SFA Paris),  with Burckhardt + Partner. Principals in charge.- Sou Fujimoto, Marie de France.
Project team, Sou Fujimoto Architects
Andy Yu, Piotr Mieszkowski, Jaime Piero Suzo, Alessandra Brue, Andrea Stanghini, Nicolas Luca de Tena, Przemek Witkowsk, Barbara Stallone, Guillaume Pause, François Loison, Basile Van Laer, Jesme Zhang, Adiel Alexis Benitez, Alex Curtis, Lea Van de Casteele, Teresa Begone.
Local architect.- Burckhardt + Partner. Project team.- Andreas Mast, Raoul Christian Fust, Gerhard Brun, Joanna Szczepanska, Antonio González Merino.
Structural engineers.- Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG. Principals in charge.- Tivadar Puskas, Jochem Hilberink. Project team.- Christian Utzinger, Christos Kofinas, Thomas Gutzwiller, Miran Misic, Ayumi Isozaki, René Carpaij, Stefan Megnet, Christian Heinzel, Simon Spalt, Laura Bernaschina, Yannick Hofmann, Zijian Han.
Mechanical engineers.- Kopitsis Bauphysik AG (bauphysic), Hefti Hess Martignoni AG (electrical), Vadea AG (fuilds), Emmer Pfenniger Partner AG (façade).
Designer.- TGG Hafen Senn Stieger GmbH.
Landscape architect.- Enea GmbH.
Lighting designer.- Light Design Inc.
Interior Designer.- Evolution Design Ltd.
HSG Foundation, St. Gallen.
General Contractor
HRS Real Estate, St. Gallen.
General Contractor
HRS Real Estate, St. Gallen.
GFA.- 9,650 m².
Competition.- 2018.
Completed.- 2/2022.
Guisanstrasse 20, 9010 St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Gataric-Fotografie, Iwan Baan, Chris Mansfield, Maris Mezulis.


Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido, Japan on August 4, 1971. In 1994 he graduated in architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo. He established his own architecture studio, the agency Sou Fujimoto Architects, in Tokyo in 2000, and since 2007 a ​​professor at Kyoto University.

He was first noticed in 2005 when he won the prestigious AR – international Architectural Review Awards in the Young architect’s category, a prize that he garnered for three consecutive years, and the Top Prize in 2006.

In 2008, he was invited to jury these very AR Awards. The same year he won the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects) prize and the highest recognition from the World Architecture Festival, in the Private House section. In 2009, the magazine Wallpaper* accorded him their Design Award.
 Sou Fujimoto published “Primitive Future” in 2008, the year’s best-selling architectural text. His architectural design, consistently searching for new forms and spaces between nature and artifice.

Sou Fujimoto became the youngest architect to design the annual summer pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery in 2013, and has won several awards, notably a Golden Lion for the Japan Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and The Wall Street Journal Architecture Innovator Award in 2014.

Photographer: David Vintiner

Samuel Schultze. Burckhardt+Partner AG Zurich

Burckhardt+Partner AG Zurich is a Swiss architectural and general planning practice with sites in Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. The company was founded in 1951 in Basel. In 1981, it was converted into a stock corporation. Around 50 members of the management staff, partners, associate partners and associates hold responsibility and share in the commercial success as shareholders. The partners constitute the company management.

Samuel Schultze is current CEO of the company, Delegate of the Board of Directors and responsible for the Basel Site since 2010. He studied architecture and urban development at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and obtained his diploma in 1983 from Professor Dolf Schneebeli. In 1996/97, he completed the General Management course at the WWZ Centre for Economics of the University of Basel. In 1985, he joined the Muttenz branch of Burckhardt+Partner AG as a young design architect. He is member of the company management since 1993.




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