We are a multidisciplinary working office that focuses on architecture, from large scale urban planning to big and small buildings. At the core of our architecture is the ability to take a fresh look at things through experienced eyes.
Architecture is not about fixing activities, fluxes or programs, or worse, about solving spatial problems. It is about opening up possibilities of future programmatic synergies, the potential of a site, or the hidden opportunity of a particular situation in time, regardless of scale. It is about dealing with uncertainty, about enabling different and unforeseen scenarios.
The basis for architecture in our way of working is to carry out a precise scanning of a brief, a program or a context. This activity of accurate and systematic reading leads to a matrix of knowledge that frames any architectural decision. Sometimes this framework functions as a backdrop for postponed intuitions, sometimes it forms the battlefield for a bombardment of architectural proposals that gain self-evidence through a process of trial and error. This process opens up unexplored fields, reveals hidden opportunities, or brings together so-called incompatibilities. Through this working method all projects are rooted in their context, but as context has a visible and a hidden part, they often surpass their physical context and they sometimes completely transform it. This explorative approach leads to a working method, not a style. A search for a leading idea, which guidelines the specific approach for every project and the overall structure of our buildings.
HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, Berlin DE, 2005. Competition. Total 21.320sqm. In collaboration with Office Kersten Geers David van Severen.
Business Center Pont Rouge
BUSINESS CENTER PONT ROUGE, Geneva CH, 2011. Invited competition. Total 138.300sqm. In collaboration with Ernst Basler & Partner, Aicher De Martin Zweng.
GVA Airport Terminal
GVA EAST TERMINAL, Geneva CH, 2010-11. Feasibility study. Total 44.500sqm. In collaboration with Xaveer De Geyter Architecten, Ernst Basler & Partner, Logplan Airport Logistics Consulting.
EXTENSION KUNSTMUSEUM, St. Gallen CH, 2011. Invited competition, 3rd prize. Total 3.420sqm. In collaboration with Office Kersten Geers David van Severen, Bollinger Grohmann Ingenieure, Amstein + Walthert.
The Circle Zürich
THE CIRCLE AT ZÜRICH AIRPORT, Zürich CH, 2009-2010. Invited competition, 3rd prize. Total 311.600sqm. In collaboration with Xaveer De Geyter Architecten, Ernst Basler & Partner, B+P Baurealisation.
UVEK Building Ittigen
UVEK ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, Ittigen CH, 2012. Competition, 2nd prize. Total 26.570sqm. In collaboration with Ernst Basler + Partner, Amstein + Walthert.
EXTENSION WHO HEADQUARTER, Geneva CH, 2014-15. Invited competition. Total 49.750sqm. In collaboration with Tekhné SA., Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten, Ernst Basler + Partner, Amstein + Walthert.
Marzili School Bern
EXTENSION MARZILI SCHOOL, Bern CH, 2014. Competition. Total 3.640sqm. In collaboration with Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten, DR. NEVEN KOSTIC STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, Amstein + Walthert.
Studentcampus La Pala
STUDENTCAMPUS LA PALA, Lausanne CH, 2013-14. Competition. Total 47.700sqm.
TEACHING ETH ZÜRICH
‘Kompendium 2009-2015’. ETH Zürich Student projects, First year bachelor course, 624 pages, 254 x 350mm. Published by Chair of Architecture and Design Christian Kerez. Editors Dan Budik, Ivo Barao, Romina Grillo, Marion Clauss. Design Samuel Bänziger.
Schoren Crematory Thun
Schoren Crematory, Thun CH, 2015. Competition. Total 2.850sqm. In collaboration with Johannes Heine Landschaftsarchitekt.
School in Port
EXTENSION SCHOOL IN PORT, Biel CH, 2013. Competition. Total 3.250sqm.
MASTERPLAN LES VERNETS
MASTERPLAN LES VERNETS, Geneva CH, 2013-14. Invited Competition, 3rd prize. Total 151.960sqm. In collaboration with Ciriacidis Lehnerer Architekten, Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten.
Staffeln School Lucerne
SCHOOL BUILDING STAFFELN, Littau Lucerne CH, 2016. Competition. Total 12’270sqm. In collaboration with Johannes Heine Landschaftsarchitekt, Dr. Neven Kostic Structural Engineering.
UNITED NATION OFFICES
Extension United Nations Office Campus, Bonn DE, 2013. Concept. Total 15.980sqm.
School in Igis
School in Igis, Landquart CH, 2012. Competition, 3rd prize. Total 2.980sqm.
Born in Zürich. Studied and graduated in Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zürich and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Architectura ETSAM in Madrid. Architect for Maxwan Architecture and Urbanism in Rotterdam and Seniorarchitect for Stephane Beel & Xaveer De Geyter Architecten (2002–03) in Gent for the Extension of the Faculty of Economics in Gent. Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as a project leader at Xaveer De Geyter Architecten in Brussels for projects such as Quartier Les Halles Paris (in collaboration with OMA/Rem Koolhaas), European Patent Office Den Haag, Baltic Pearl Masterplan St. Petersburg and the Police- and Justice Headquarter in Zürich. Since 2005 Dan Budik is member of the Swiss Engineers and Architects Association SIA in Zürich. In late 2008 he founded his own office ‘Bureau Dan Budik’ in Zurich. Between 2009 and 2015 he worked as head of teaching at the chair of Christian Kerez at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Since 2016 he is a lecturer at the first year bachelor course at the ETH Zürich.
Since 2009: Manuel Maibach, Stefanie Girsberger, Jann Erhard, Oliver Dubuis, Christoph Zingg, Nina Ehrenbold, Dorothée Müller, Martin Kugelmeier, Alessandro Bosshard, Lorenza Donati, Tobias Krieg, Daniel Klos, Michael Buschor
Since 2011: Fabien Schwartz & Karin Gauch
Design: Samuel Bänziger, St.Gallen. Programming: Olivier Hug, St.Gallen. Font: Practice by François Rappo
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