In a lecture given to coincide with the opening of an AA exhibition of his work, the Swiss engineer Jurg Conzett discusses the relationship between landscape and engineering, comparing traditional building methods with his own particular approach to hybrid constructions. The elegance of his structural solutions is particularly striking in his many bridge projects. Since completing his studies at the ETH in Zurich in , Conzett has collaborated on a range of projects from small houses to large schools and office blocks. He works in partnership with Gianfranco Bronzini and Patrick Gartmann.
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Francesco Trezzini. A rich documentation of bridges, viaducts, walkways and galleries built in Switzerland from the end of the 18th century until today, is presented through large-format photographs, videos and 22 wooden models of bridges designedby Conzett Bronzini Partner AG office. They comprise bridges, footbridges, tunnels, retaining walls and passageways, all structures that serve the purposes of communication and connection. Interest is mainly focused on engineering works with architectural aspirations, being structures that on one hand directly address issues of engineering and economic efficiency, while at the same time evoking particular sensations and aesthetic-architectural reflections in those who observe them.
In this sense the selection of works on display is subjective, making no claims to drawing up an exhaustive list of the panorama of Swiss infrastructure. The exhibition presents documentation on bridges constructed from the late 18th century up to today and includes works by some of the names from the great Swiss engineering-construction tradition, from Karl Etzel to Robert Maillart, and from Alexandre Sarrasin to Rino Tami and the Conzett Bronzini Partner AG studio itself, in Chur.
Gallen and Herisau, and ending in early summer on the Susten Pass. Gallen, for example, or the Aare bridge in Aarburg. One of the individual cases featured is the Ponte della Crotta, which was rediscovered on the valley floor of the Valle di Muggio in the Ticino Canton, a bridge that has for some time fallen into disuse. It is a delicate structure in steel, suspended between imposing stone-faced pillars which, although covered with vegetation, still emanate all their original constructive and figurative power.
The practice of using local materials and traditional artisan construction techniques is also evident in the Dorf bridge in Vals, an actual extension of the town square, constructed with slabs of Gneiss stone from the Valais and reinforced concrete, both skilfully used for a function that is load-bearing yet also aesthetically attractive.
Hardback, After graduating he worked in the studio of architect Peter Zumthor in Haldenstein until he opened his own engineering studio in in Chur. Now, together with his professional partner Gianfranco Bronzini, he directs the Conzett Bronzini Partner AG studio, with about 25 employees, developing designs for bridges and restoring existing bridges and structures for buildings. Martin Linsi. Martin Linsi was born in in Zurich. He studied photography at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in England, graduating in Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer with a studio in Einsiedeln.
An important subject in his work are human traces in the landscape. Lydia Conzett-Gehring. Lydia Conzett-Gehring was born in in Chur and completed her apprenticeship as a carpenter at the Christian Messmer workshop in Tenna.
Following this she specialized in the creation of models. Alongside the educational activities and research carried out in the university, this initiative is intended to boost training opportunities, particularly as regards exhibitions and seminars, and at the same time to give visibility to new trans-disciplinary interests that are having an increasingly important influence on the design process and are redefining the social role of architecture.
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Jürg Conzett – thoughts on bridge design
All the featured works stand out by virtue of the strong bond they have established with the landscape around them. They comprise bridges, footbridges, tunnels, retaining walls and passageways, all structures that serve the purposes of communication and connection designed and built from the end of the 18th century until today from prominent personalities of the great Swiss engineering-construction tradition, from Karl Etzel to Robert Maillart, from Alexandre Sarrasin to Rino Tami and to the Conzett Bronzini Partner AG office of Chur. Interest is mainly focused on engineering works with landscape design aspirations, while at the same time evoking aesthetic-architectural reflections in those who observe them. In this sense the selection of works on display is subjective, making no claims to drawing up an exhaustive list of the panorama of Swiss infrastructure.
Jurg Conzett – Structures – A Personal View of Engineering
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