Adrien Comte . Adrien Meuwly . student project at ETH Zürich, Studio Adam Caruso
The three elements of the project are defining a square directly facing the river, celebrating the starting point of a long walking path along it. They are formed by the repetition of a filigree steel structure, in relation to each specific condition: vertically to from a landmark tower-café visible from the adjacent elevated road, horizontally to cover the tracks area with a market hall activating the place in-between the passages of the trams, and finally longitudinally following the water steam to provide a swimming platform. The project is working with the ambiguity between architecture and its image, inspired by the ambivalence present in Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photographs. This duality was also to be found in the works of Henri Labrouste, in the difference in treatment between the public and the private parts of a building, or in the cast iron period Grands Magasins, which became direct references for the atmosphere of the project.