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    • Location
      St Gallen, Switzerland
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    • Cost
      CHF 25’000’000. -
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    The Competition required a new museum to house the natural history collection of the city of St Gallen, currently exhibited at the Kunstmuseum. The complex brief required efficient planning between public and staff within several areas such as large exhibitions spaces, offices, a theatre and lobby-cafe’, a library, workshops for maintenance of the museum collection, and a bird recreation sanctuary. VOLPATOHATZ’s proposal aimed to incorporate aspects of functionality, materialization and an energy efficient building to Swiss Minergie-P-Eco standards. A landscaped roof reinstates the building footprint, but the driving principal behind the collaboration between VOLPATOHATZ and renowned Landscape Architect Michel Desvinge was to introduce an orthogonal landscaped grid overlaid by multiple diagonal paths cutting through green fields carefully positioned to re-connect with existing urban network of pedestrian paths and road to the property perimeter. Enclosed rest areas were also added with a board of dense planting to provide a noise barrier from the main road parallel to the Museum.


    • Client: St Gallen Municipality
    • Architects: VOLPATOHATZ SA, Marco Volpato, Nicole Hatz, Axel Eichler
    • Imaging: Filippo Bolognese, Alessandro Armellini, Daniele Genarra
    • Landscape Architect: Michel Desvigne
    • Structural Engineer: ZPF Engineers, Andreas Zachmann
    • Collaborators: ARGE Lindner Waldner Generalplaner SIA GmbH, Roland Lindner