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.

“MAM Modern Art Museum Singapore” Design Studio

Institution: SUTD Singapore University of Technology & Design

Program Authors: Program Visiting Professors: Nicole Hatz Volpato & Marco Volpato
Class Focus: Bachelor of Science in Architecture Course Term 8 Sustainable Design Option Studio 2

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 Art Museum will be the Promontory area and beyond. This prominent and popular place attracts the people of Singapore and tourist from around the globe. With excellent public transport and pedestrian connections and the ever so popular Art Stage Singapore all fundamental to the success of new MAM Modern Art Museum, will develop Singapore into the market leader in Asia for contemporary art.

Strategy:
Students were required to design a new MAM – Modern Art Museum of Singapore on the Promontory site with an approximately area of 120×150M = 18’000M2 on land and the choice of extending this area right into the water.
Museum programs have become large and increasingly complex with an expansive portfolio of functions that connect to the city. The museum program included; main entry; main lobby; exhibitions areas varied sizes for permanent and temporary exhibitions; children gallery; membership and info area; open office; closed office; conference rooms; library, public reading; publications, auditorium and vestibule; events office; events storage; museum store; restaurants; cafe; proposed additional stores; workshop for educational programs; educational center; artist in residence apartment and studio area; storage for permanent and temporary art; loading and unloading; registration and examination; photo room; work area; staff lounge; equipment; plant; public and staff parking; e-bikes and e-cars and public transport connections.
The new MAM dealt with sustainable principals integrating where possible passive design elements such as the breath-ability of areas throughout the building, large overhanging sunshades and narrow spaces for efficient flow of natural ventilation. Similar to the PAMM Pérez Art Museum Miami and Paul Rudolf’s work from the 50’s, a close relationship between the inside and outside spaces must be sought.
‘Touch the earth lightly’ has been often used by Architect Glenn Murcutt to explain the relationship between a building and natural environment which includes water, crucial for the MAM’s success in Singapore.
Sustainability could also be viewed through the richer program that extends beyond the MAM to connect with the city and the international art scene. The public will no longer have a singular choice of just viewing art, but rather, will create a complete experience for the young and old who access the educational stores, library, children workshops, public lectures and of course food, integral in connecting people to the art world. Cultural buildings have to survive and with their high running costs, require programs that are capable of morphing with the evolving ever so popular culture scene in particular amongst the young and débutante artist who need venues like the MAM to voice their ideas.

Study Tour:
Students visited the Promontory site at the Marina Bay Area to analyze the site for the MAM, to map social hotspots, current and future transport infrastructure, history of Promontory and Marina Bay areas, Urbanistic parameters, Landscaped areas

Integration Courses:
Non

Students:
Kam Siu Han Lawrence, Koh Chong En Kendall, Leung Chi Kwan, Samuel Ng Ee Zhi, Hoong Yong Wen Benjamin, Ong Jia Ying, Tracy Tan Shu Wei, Rachel Lau Pei Wen, Lydia Fok Jia Ling, Lau Xue Yi, Cheryl Chai Xin Yu, Yeo Jing Ying Evelyn, Rosanne Chong Si Qi, Tan Sheau Shiun, Yeo Shi Yun Shireen, Chua Hwee Yee Stephanie

Critics for Final Presentation:
Dean of SUTD Professor Architect Erwin Viray, Professor Architect Joe Day, Professor Architect Kenneth Tracy, Professor Christine Yogiaman, Professor Calvin Chua, Oliver Heckmann

Language:
The studio was held in English

Galleries

Sample A

Sample A

Sample B

Sample B

Sample C

Sample C

Final Critics

Final Critics