ANDREA DEPLAZES

Workshop leader & MCH co-director

Andrea Deplazes (1960, Chur) is a Professor of Architecture and Construction at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) of Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and member of the Bundes Schweizer Architekten (BSA). As co-owner of the architectural firm Bearth + Deplazes in Chur, Switzerland, his renown extends far beyond Switzerland’s borders and so do his publications, among which we could highlight the followings:

  • Constructing Architecture – a Handbook (2008)
  • Architektur + Konstruktion I/II (2007)
  • 1:1 Metal Works. Eine digital-analoge Baustelle (2007)
  • 1:1 Woodworks Ein experimenteller. Massivbau (2003).

MCH Experience

  • Workshop leader MCH'2010, MCH'2011, MCH'2012, MCH'2013
  • Workshop MCH’2017: “Depth studies”

What does it mean having a building depth of 6 metres? And what if they were 28 metres? How does a dwelling vary if it has different building depth but the same amount of squared metres? As if it was a typological catalogue, participants will analise the implications that having one or another building depth would have for a dwelling. Which qualities regarding circurlation, access, sunlight, ventilation, facilities location and intimacy has a dwelling according to its depth. Identifying the strengths of each case and its problems would be a first step to make in this laboratory, so that it is possible to propose a conceptual approach according to it, afterwards.

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