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Finding Buildings

Chalk Drawings by Marianne Burkhalter

With an Essay by Astrid Staufer

The work of designing a building—even the largest and most technically advanced structures—begins with the most basic of elements: a sketch. This beautifully produced volume reproduces more than one hundred of such initial sketches, drawn in chalk, by renowned Swiss architect Marianne Burkhalter. A cofounder of Burkhalter Sumi Architects, she has designed a wide range of acclaimed public and private buildings, including hotels, offices, and private homes, as well as large-scale urban redevelopment projects.

Each of these chalk drawings reveals the germ of an idea, their blurred lines and simplicity rendering them more intimate and immediate than technical draftsmanship—closer in feel to the decision-making process of a solitary artist choosing among many options and sorting out problems. In their beauty and tension, they bring the work of architectural design to stunning life.

174 pages | 132 color plates, 1 halftone | 10 x 13 | © 2009

Text in English and German

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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Table of Contents


Astrid Staufer: «Finding and Inventing»

Building up the city

Hard Tower, Zürich, 2007

Giesshübel Site, Zürich, 2008-2011

Haus der Deutschen Seereederei, Hamburg, 2005

Eiche Office Tower, Lucerne, 2008


Hotel and Restaurant Rigiblick, Zürich, 2006

Hotel in the Tourist Resort of Andermatt, 2008-2012

Drafts for corporations

Hoffman-La Roche, Buonas, 1999

Novartis Campus, Basel, 2003

Audi, Frankfurt, 2005

Projects for China

Headquarters of Pharma Asia, Hangzhou, China, 2006

Redevelopment of Jining, China, 2006


Schipfplateau Redevelopment, Herrliberg, 2009

Fluh Redevelopment, Rapperswil, 2009-2011

Villa Gubelstein, Jona, 2006

Sunnige Hof Redevelopment, Zürich, 2009-2011


Onoma Pavilion for Expo.02, Yverdon, 2002

Sales Outlets for Marc Shoes in Berlin, Mainz, Budapest, Cracow, Poznan, 2007-2008

Scenography for «Robots», Zürich, 2009




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