E2A Architects

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E2A Architects is a Swiss architecture office.


The studio was founded by brothers Piet Eckert and Wim Eckert in 2001 in Zurich, Switzerland. Since its beginning, E2A has designed and built exhibitions, industrial buildings, cultural and public buildings, and housing which have received acclaim for their inventiveness and resourcefulness, while also developing numerous urban and architectural studies.[1] Their built work is a significant factor in discussion of architecture and the urban situation in Switzerland and beyond and their research and teaching focus on future development both in Zurich and in other modern cities.[2][3][4]

E2A Architects were the architects for the conference center of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (2005–2008)[5][6] in Berlin, the Pavillon Nouvelle DestiNation (2002)[7] for the Expo.02, Switzerland's national exhibition.

Further noted projects include the Broelberg Housing in Zurich’s suburb of Kilchberg (2003),[8] the Auditorium and Library in Stäfa (2011),[9] and the new school for the Center for Hearing and Language in Zurich (2008).[10][11] Notable studies that inform their work include Miesology, which is a series of collages that juxtapose images from Mies van der Rohe’s buildings to speculate about architectural and contextual strategies. The projects for Europaallee, Baufeld H, which integrates new construction with the surrounding district and addresses issues of sustainability with unusual foresight,[12] and Escher Terraces, both in Zurich, will push the urban fabric and skyline of the city. In all of these projects, E2A Architects deals with the current situation and inherent incoherencies and conflicts to give vitality to their projects.[13]

Throughout the work of E2A, there is a clear interest in classical concepts as these ideas can be revisited today.[14] At the Heinrich Boell Foundation, E2A drew from their collage studies of Mies’s works. Here, they juxtapose two of Mies’s icons – the Farnsworth House, which stretches into landscape, and the Manhattan skyscraper, the Seagram Building.[15] Modernism and an enthusiasm for technology successfully join in a building for a green-oriented foundation.[16] In the Center for Hearing and Language, E2A clearly recalls Semper's proposition that a building consists of podest, roof, and posts.[17] At the Auditorium and Library in Stäfa, an idea of monumentality is explored in the concrete slabs imprinted with a pattern reminiscent of the local fruit trees. The façade gains a sense of monumentality as it references and remembers that which was there before.[18]


  • 2010 Green Good Design Award for the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin[19]
  • 2009 BDA Preis Berlin 09 Recognition for the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin. Given by the Bund Deutscher Architekten.[20]
  • 2008 Swiss Solar Prize 2008 for the Training Center and Sports Facilities, Zurich[21]
  • 2008 Best Architects 09 Award for the Triangle House, Winterthur[22][23]
  • 2007 Architects 08 Award for the Terrace Housing Meilen[24]
  • 2002 Flying Fish, Award for Sustainable Building for the Pavilion Nouvelle DestiNation Expo.02, Biel.[25]

Notable Buildings and Designs, Selection[edit]

  • Escher Terrasses, Zurich - Currently under construction. Competition 2006, 1st Prize.
  • Europaallee, Baufeld H, Zurich - Currently in design. Competition 2009, 1st Prize.
  • Escherpark Apartment Buildings, Zurich - Currently in design. Competition 2008, 1st Prize.
  • Marina Tiefenbrunnen, Zurich - Study 2008-12.
  • Community Building, Stäfa - Completed 2011. Competition 2005, 1st Prize.
  • School Center, Opfikon - Completed 2010. Competition 2004, 1st Prize.
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin - Completed 2008. Competition 2005, 1st Prize.
  • Center for Hearing and Language, Zurich - Completed 2008. Competition 2003, 1st Prize.
  • Triangle House, Winterthur - Completed 2008.
  • Training Center and Sports Facilities, Zurich - Completed 2007. Competition 2005, 1st Prize.
  • Country House, near Zurich - Completed 2007.
  • Escher-Wyss Areal, Zurich - Master Plan. Competition 2006, 1st Prize.
  • Tiroler National Exhibition LA05, Hall i.T./Innsbruck - International Competition 2005, 1st Prize.
  • Deltametropol, Leiden - Urban Study in cooperation with Holland Rjinland Deltametropol, Delft University of Technology, 2005.
  • Terrace Housing, Meilen - Completed 2004.
  • Hotel Beau Rivage, Biel - Competition 2003, 1st Prize.
  • Broelberg Residences, Kilchberg - Completed 2003. Competition 2001, 1st Prize.
  • World Trade Organization, Expansion, Geneva - International Competition 2003, 1st Prize.
  • Nouvelle DestiNation - 2002, one of four federal pavilions at the Swiss National Exhibition EXPO.02. Competition 2000, 1st Prize.
  • Swiss Embassy, Washington DC - Competition 2001, 2nd Prize.
  • AlpTransit, Erstfeld and Pollegio - Competition 2001, 3rd Prize.


  1. ^ Angelil, Marc and Jorg Himmelreich, Architecture Dialogues. Zurich, 2011.
  2. ^ “Visions and Reality.” Interview with Piet Eckert. In inside magazine no. 10 (2009)
  3. ^ “Stadtbild.” Interview. In Ronorp’s mail. Manual to the city. Ronorp’s Interview booklet for city architecture. Ed. www.ronorp.ch. Zurich, July 2009.
  4. ^ Platt, Christopher and Spier, Steven. “Lighting the blue touch paper, and building well.” arq. Architecture research quarterly January 2009.
  5. ^ Maak, Niklas. "Vom grünen Schimmer der Moderne.", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, August 9, 2008.
  6. ^ Garcia-Setién, Diego. “Fundacion Heinrich Böll.” Tectonica, energia (11). no. 31 (2010).
  7. ^ Peter, Maja. “Niedliche Bunker, Kühe am Meer.” Die Weltwoche, February 28, 2002.
  8. ^ 15 De aedibus. E2A. Lucerne, 2006
  9. ^ Meyer, Friederike. “Obstgarten Stäfa.” Bauwelt, no. 08.11 (February 2011).
  10. ^ Marquard, Denise. “Ein Monolith für gehörlose Schüler.” Tagesanzeiger, December 13, 2007.
  11. ^ “School building, Opfikon-CH / School for the Deaf, Zurich-CH.” Aomée. International Review of Architecture no. 5 (2007).
  12. ^ Kälin, Adi. “Europa-Allee erreicht Langstrasse.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung, August 20, 2010.
  13. ^ Marc Angelil, Introduction to "Serien" (Second lecture in the series Bauten/Bauen, ETH Zurich, March 16, 2010.
  14. ^ Forster, Kurt W. “Architecture is the Answer. What was the Question?” In 10x10 2. 100 Architects. 10 Critics. London, 2005.
  15. ^ Ballhausen, Nils. “Heinrich-Böll Stiftung.” Bauwelt, no. 43.08 (November 2008).
  16. ^ Maak.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, August 9, 2008.
  17. ^ Forster.
  18. ^ Joanelly, Tibor. “2011—a mies odyssey,” werk, bauen + wohnen, no. 6 (June 2011).
  19. ^ Green Good Design 2010. http://www.europeanarch.eu/pdf/2010GDGREEN-LIST.pdf, Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  20. ^ http://www.baunetz.de/architekten/E2A_Eckert_Eckert_Architekten_buero_1348347.html. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  21. ^ http://www.solaragentur.ch/dokumente/Ganze_Broschuere.pdf, p. 32. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  22. ^ http://www.bestarchitects.de. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  23. ^ http://bestarchitects.de/ergebnisse09.html. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  24. ^ http://bestarchitects.de/de/2008/land/schweiz/1.html. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  25. ^ http://www.baunetz.de/architekten/E2A_Eckert_Eckert_Architekten_buero_1348347.html. Retrieved January 9, 2012.

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