Research

2017

New State and University Library of Liechtenstein

Theme: Liechtenstein requires a New State Library, whilst The University of Liechtenstein has spatial problems with its own library. During the 2017 summer semester, students had to design a library…

2017

Publications – Book ‘Zentrumsentwicklung Vaduz’ - ‘Vaduz Centre Redevelopment’

Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato have editored a new book called ‘Zentrumsentwicklung Vaduz’ – Vaduz Centre Redevelopment. The book includes urban planning projects by students from the 3rd & 5th…

2017

Unili Study Tour – ‘Libraries in the Netherlands’

Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato organized a study tour of the ‘Libraries of The Nehterlands’ for the Forth and Sixth summer semester students Bachelor of Architecture students from the University…

2017

“Vaduz Centre Redevelopment” Design Studio

Theme: ‘Zentrumsentwicklung Vaduz Vorgehenskonzept’ or Vaduz Redevelopment Centre is a WTT project for the University of Liechtenstein. The municipality of Vaduz was thus involved during the design process, which required…

2017

Publications – Book ‘MAM Modern Art Museum Singapore’

VOLPATO+HATZ published a book on their 2016 Summer Semester course at the Singapore Univeristy of Technology and Design otherwise known as ‘SUTD’. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture students semester…

2016

SUTD – Graduation Show Singapore

Architecture and Sustainable Design Studio by Visiting Professors Marco Volpato displayed student projects of the Modern Art Museum project at the Graduation Show held at the National Design Centre in…

2016

Unili Study Tour – ‘Vaduz Centre Redevelopment’_Vaduz

Third and fifth semester students from the Bachelor of Architecture Course joined Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato on a guided tour of Vaduz, Liechtenstein, covering the historical, political and economic…

2016

“MAM Modern Art Museum Singapore” Design Studio

Theme: Connecting a Modern Art Museum with the city

Introduction: The Marina Bay area was chosen for this semester project, however the specific site of intervention for this new Modern…

2016

SUTD Study Tour – ‘MAM’ Promontory

Students visited the Promontory area at the heart of Marina Bay Singapore to analyze the site for the MAM ‘Modern Art Museum Singapore Project. They mapped social hotspots, current and…

2015

Publications – Book ‘Ensemble Architektur’

Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato editored a book called ‘Ensemble Architektur’ based on the work produced by the 2015 summer semester Bachelor of Architecture students from the University of Liechtenstein.

2015

“Ensemble Architecture” Design Studio

Theme: Densification and revitalization through high-rise development

Introduction: Some of the early high-rise buildings built in Basel including some long repetitive apartment blocks were owned by the pension funds of…

2015

Unili Study Tour – ‘Observe & Sketch’ Lugano, Como and Milano

Forth and sixth semester students from the Bachelor of Architecture Course joined Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato on a study tour called ‘Observe & Sketch’. Students walked through historic centers…

2015

Publications – Book ‘Architecture for Inclusion - Adaptive Reuse’

Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato editored a book called ‘Architecture for Inclusion – Adaptive Reuse’ based on the work produced by the 2014/15 winter semester Bachelor of Architecture students from…

2015

“Architecture for Inclusion” Design Studio

Theme: “Inclusion” of the disabled people amongst residents of the city through architecture

Introduction: Lukashaus in Grabs, Switzerland was founded in 1846 as an institution for neglected newborn children. At…

2014

Unili Study Tour – Journey to the West

Third and fifth semester students from the Bachelor of Architecture Course joined Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato on a study tour called ‘Journey to the West’. Students covered the Romandie…

2014

“Park n’ Ride Live ” Design Studio

Theme: Connecting the city with a new multi-functional building

Introduction: The center of Vaduz Lichtenstein, was originally donated to the city of Vaduz with the premise that no one…

2014

Unili Study Tour – Miami

As part of the Bachelor Course horizontal studio project ‘Park & Ride Live’, Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato organized a study tour of Miami for the second semester students. The…

2014

“University Guesthouse” Design Studio

Theme: University guest-house

Introduction: The semester project is exciting and challenging; it involved designing a new guest-house or possibly a cluster of rooms on strategic points around the Lichtenstein University…

2013

Publications - Two Books ‘Use-Reuse-Recycle Eternit’ + ‘New Eternit - Swisspor Warehouse & Offices’

Publication: Architektur Leichtenstein Two Books ‘Use-Reuse-Recycle Eternit’ + ‘New Eternit – Swisspor Warehouse & Offices’

2013

Glenn Murcutt Questions and Answers

Marco Volpato of VOLPATOHATZ and Hugo Dworzak director of Architecture at the University of Liechtenstein joined Glenn Murcutt 2002 Pritzker laureate on stage in June for a successful evening of…

2013

“New Eternit Swisspor Factory_Eternit (Schweiz)” Design Studio

Theme: New production warehouse and office building

Introduction: The industrial zone of the Schweizer Eternit AG lies within the fringes of the municipality of Niederurnen in Switzerland. The developing dynamism…

2013

Unili Study Tour – Basel Stuttgart Munich

As part of the Bachelor Course horizontal studio project ‘New Eternit/Swisspor Warehouse and Offices’, forth and sixth semester students were guided by Nicole Hatz and Marco Volpato through the cities…

2013

“Reuse Recycle Reshape_Eternit (Schweiz)” Design Studio

Theme: Use, reuse and recycle an industrial complex

Introduction: The industrial zone of the Schweizer Eternit AG lies within the fringes of the municipality of Niederurnen in Switzerland. The developing…

2012

“Social Neighbourhood 2_Living” Student Workshop Carona

Introduction: The project “social neighborhood – key factor of a regional development” was initiated by the Competence Centre Social Space together with project partners Hochschule of Rapperswil and Vorarlberg as…

2012

“Social Neighbourhood 2_Living” Design Studio

Theme: Social connections to the external recreational areas

Introduction: Social connection is lacking in many Swiss cities. Because of this, the Swiss Government founded a program entitled “Project Urbains” providing…

2012

“Social Neighbourhood_Community Hall” Design Studio

Theme: Social connections to the external recreational areas

Introduction: Social connection is lacking in many Swiss cities and because of this, the Swiss Government founded a program entitled “Project Urbains”…

2012

Unili Study Tour – ‘Social Neighborhood 2_Carona’, Como and Milano

How do people live and interact in a dense built environment from 1852. The village of Carona on the hill of Arbostora was once directly connected to Milano and carried…

2011

“Last Exit to Schaan” Features

Publication : Architektur Leichtenstein 2011-Year Book

Integration Couses: Landscape Architecture by Jacqueline Kissling

2011

Unili Study Tour - VOLPATOHATZ Takes on Manhattan

As part of the Bachelor Course project ‘Last Exit, Schaan Liechtenstein’, students of the Horizontal Studio Forth & Sixth Semester, went on a study tour of New York & Brooklyn…

2011

“Last Exit to Schaan” Design Studio

Theme: Reactivating an industrial site in Liechtenstein

Introduction: On an island between Bendernstrasse, the railway tracks and agriculture lies the industrial zone 2 for Schaan. In recent years, this area…

2011

“Reset” Design Studio

Theme: Perception of space and its uses

Introduction: Following the financial crash of 2008, people still moved to big cities despite the high cost of living and availability of an…

2010

“The Mobility Hotel” Design Studio

Theme: Mobility and Infrastructure

Introduction: Romans had planned an extensive international traffic network throughout Europe, which included Switzerland. During this period, Switzerland profited from these trade routes by firstly protecting…

2009

“Nip and Tuck a Castle” Design Studio

Theme: Integration of new elements into an old structure

Introduction: Two hundred years of county and federal bailiffs left its tolls on the castle of Sargans. In 1899 the Community…

2009

“To the Water Please” Design Studio

Theme: Integration of natural and artificial structures

Introduction: A Pilgrim walk between the towns of Feldkirch and Einsiedeln gravel extraction works was created in Paspels after the ‘50s. The gravel…

2008

“New Cultural Foyer For Liechtenstein” Design Studio

Theme: Confluence of urban space with art

Introduction: The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein was opened in 2000 with the assistance of private donors, the Government of Liechtenstein and the municipality of Vaduz.…

2008

“Plug and Play Art” Features

Publication: Architektur Leichtenstein 2008-Year Book

2007

“Plug and Play Art” Design Studio

Theme: Confluence of urban space with art

Introduction: The shortage of hotel beds during the Art Basel Fair 07 forced many young artists and gallerists to camp in empty open…

2004

After Hours: Delve Into Design

Marco Volpato and other special guests talk about design and the creative industry in Sydney. Part of 2004 Sydney Design Week.

“Ensemble Architecture” Design Studio

Institution: University of Liechtenstein Institute of Architecture and Planning

Program Authors: Program Lecturers: Nicole Hatz Volpato & Marco Volpato
Class Focus: Bachelor of Science in Architecture; Design C Studio Project Forth & Sixth SS 2015

Theme:
Densification and revitalization through high-rise development

Introduction:
Some of the early high-rise buildings built in Basel including some long repetitive apartment blocks were owned by the pension funds of Federal Railways Cooperatives, the Post and Customs. They were built in the 60’s mainly on the former site of Sternfeld Basel airport now relocated just over the boarder in France. People from central Switzerland came to live there creating a real community life by initiating clubs and organizations such as ‘Ländler Chilbi’, ski club and musicians playing the piano accordion. A poorly developed public transport system however was developed around this somewhat isolated area situated between the harbor and village center. Nonetheless, there was life between apartment blocks and a small center with several stores such as a bakery, clothing store and a kiosk. Now, all but one pet-grooming store has closed down. Now, there are voids between the apartment blocks and spaces between them are clearly not defined. The neighborhood associations are dying out and the number of families within the community is diminishing leaving behind an older generation.
By 1975, Birsfelden had a bustling occupancy of 14’000 inhabitants with living requirements for a family of 4 persons was simply a 3-room apartment. Today, 40 years later, the situation has changed with only 11,000 inhabitants in Birsfelden and mainly occupied by individuals, old couples and families of non-German-speaking immigrants who live in the same apartments.

Strategy:
Rheinpark site, typical of high-rise developments in Birsfelden, was chosen for the University Semester Project. This site includes three 16-story towers directly on the Rhine surrounded by large empty green fields, which includes an abandoned swing and the caretaker’s barbecue.
Students were asked to find strategies on how to densify and revive both the Rheinpark site and it’s surrounding neighborhood by developing an ensemble of apartment buildings in and around these towers and to define new uses for the landscaped areas between and around these buildings.

Study Tour:
Students were guided on a tour of Carona, Montagnola and Morcote in Switzerland, also Como and Milan in Italy to visit and sketch many iconic building from the 30’s to 70’s which include Torre Velasca by BBPR, Pirelli Tower in Milano by Pier Luigi Nervi and Gio Ponti, Casa del Fascio in Como Terragni and Casa Citron in Carona Atelier 5.

Integration Courses:
Design integration with B 3.0 – 6.0 Module Group C
Urban Design by Ute Schneider

Students:
Ammann Cristina, Beck Louis, Celic Itana, Kindle Maximillian Valentin, Lagler Markus Günther, Lardi Ennio Enea, Lerch Johannes, Makovec Sabine, Menic Haris, Meusburger Nina Ruth, Stähli Arik Kristian

Critics for Final Presentation:
Architect & Planner Nicole Wirz from Raumplan Wirz Gmbh and Client

Language:
The studio was held in English and German.

Galleries

Sample A

Sample A

Sample B

Sample B

Final Critics

Final Critics