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Martin Tschanz (ed.)

Roger Boltshauser (English edition)


Book design: Buero 146, Zurich
ca. 480 pages, ca. 520 images and plans,
21,9 × 30 cm, cloth-bound hardcover

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Release date: December 2020

ISBN 978-3-03863-058-6

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•    The first comprehensive monograph on the work of Roger Bolthauser

•    Buildings, space, materials and structural transposition go hand in hand in In Bolthauser’s buildings; his work is comprehensively sustainable

•    Buildings, projects, sculptures and drawings – insights into his extensive œuvre

The architectural language of Roger Boltshauser develops in the context of the examination of materials and their intrinsic constructive and structural possibilities.

The act of building and its material reality play a defining role in the work of the Swiss architect. In this respect, it is part of the various different currents of contemporary architecture which, in their search for commitment, are once again making tectonics the subject of discussion, thus opposing both the abstractness of modernism and neo-modernism and the arbitrariness of free forms.

Boltshauser does not, however, base his work primarily on historical references, nor is he interested in distilling out any structural principles and expressing them in their purest possible form. His architecture is neither an implementation of a pictorial idea nor a display of a certain principle. Rather, it is integrative and open to complexity, particularly that of the act of building itself.

Concerns such as sustainability are just as important as compositional and spatial design aspects. The climate factor plays a role at all levels of scale and in all planning phases, influencing urban planning concepts as well as floor plans and façades, the choice of materials and building services.

It is both a formative and simultaneously a formable aspect of the design process, resulting in a unique, contemporary expression.


Roger Boltshauser, certified architect ETH BSA SIA. Founded ‘Boltshauser Architekten AG’ in 1996 in Zurich. In addition to his work for his office, he taught at ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, the University of Applied Sciences Chur (HTW) and the Chur Institute of Architecture (CIA) between 1996 and 2009. He was a guest professor at EPFL Lausanne and TU Munich and is currently a visiting lecturer at ETH Zurich.



About the author:

Martin Tschanz, architect, lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and published author. Main topics: Architecture and urban planning of the present and recent history of Switzerland, architectural history of the 19th and 20th centuries, architectural theory and its history, and architecture criticism.


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