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Christian Kerez

multistorey parkings . Muharraq

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Christian Kerez

As part of the Pearling Path Urban Rehabilitation plan, four multistorey parkings in Muharraq will be built and designed by Swiss architect Christian Kerez. They will serve the community by providing free parking spaces to residents of the city, while also providing paid parking opportunities for visitors. They are conceived as a public space within the city as their open and wide structure will offer a new urban attraction and adds new qualities to the historic city center. Continue reading Christian Kerez

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Christian Kerez

Office Building Confluence Îlot A3. Lyon

Christian Kerez . Office Building Confluence Îlot A3 . Lyon (1)

Christian Kerez . photos: Maxime Delvaux © Christian Kerez

The office building is a generic space. It is characterized by a grid of columns and slabs to ensure total flexibility. This structure is stripped bare and becomes the architecture of the building. The interior and exterior form a continuous whole. It ensures the urban integration of the building in the particular context of the block, both a reconverted industrial site and part of a dense network of streets and boulevards. Continue reading Christian Kerez

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Christian Kerez

EWZ Power Plant . ZÜRICH

CHRISTIAN KEREZ . EWZ Power Plant . ZÜRICH (1)

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The electrical power supply company (EWZ), maintains a plot of land in one of the most complex and important urban areas of Zurich. The area had previously functioned as an industrial zone, and is characterized by its haphazard, yet vital, arrangement of warehouses, electrical lines, highways and railways. More recently, the neighborhood has begun to attract the development of new offices, apartments and hotels, including the tallest building in the city. The EWZ recognized the value of its property, and had tried several times to develop a comprehensive plan without success. Understanding the overall importance of the site, the city of Zurich decided to launch a competition. As is common in Switzerland, the competition required designs that were extremely detailed, and this was only achievable with the investment of significant resources and the involvement of many experienced specialists. Continue reading Christian Kerez

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Social Housing in Paraisopolis . SÃO PAULO

CHRISTIAN KEREZ . Social Housing in Paraisopolis . SÃO PAULO (8)

CHRISTIAN KEREZ . photos: © CHRISTIAN KEREZ . + divisare

This project is located close to the favelas Jardim do Colombo and Paraisopolis. It offers houses for people that have to leave the favela because they are living areas of risk regarding hygiene or geological conditions. Most social housing projects propose only modernistic apartment units that are called singapawas in Brazil. This project offers the people living in this new settlement the same life as in a favela. Each house has a direct access to the alleys and small squares. In front of each living room there is a veranda where people can dry their clothes and stay outside. On top of most houses there is a roof terrace. Five different housing units, each with a surface of 50 square meters are built ninety times. The arrangement of these vertical, standardized single family houses is totally irregular to define a labyrinthic, continuously changing space. This project acknowledges the favelas as a very specific form of architecture with totally different qualities, architectural and urbanistic, than any modernistic or contemporary western residential area. Continue reading Christian Kerez