House 2 harbours creative collaboration in Zurich

A 240 m2 pre-fabricated wooden public installation has been created next to the Toni Areal school in Zurich.

House 2 – Counter City is a product of an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) and led by Dieter Dietz at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Erected in less than 10 days, the project involved 200 first-year students who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne, transporting them across Switzerland to Zurich for assembly.

The installation is a result of various different architectural contributions. Each offers an approach to “spatial appropriation” through a “dialogical process questioning the quality of public life in view of urban globalisation”.

To foster civic engagement, ALICE, in collaboration with the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) curated a series of events for summer 2017 to take place within and around the installation. These included guided tours, performances, sound installations, symposia, student critiques and exhibitions, and film viewings.

Dieter Dietz commented:

“through these activities, House 2 expands the practice of collaboration into the public sphere of the city. As a forum installation, it provides a space for active exchange, debate and discussion involving the entire community.”