Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten
Marcel Meili was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1953. From 1973 till 1980, he studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, among others with Aldo Rossi. He worked with Prof. Dolf Schnebli (1983-85) and was a Teaching Assistant of Prof. Mario Campi (1985-87). In 1987, he established his own firm in Zurich, together with Markus Peter, and has headed a subsidiary in Munich, Germany, since 2007, whose major project – In the Midst of Munich – will be completed in summer 2013.
Major current projects include the City West Zurich (Switzerland) project, comprising three apartment buildings and a high-rise on a former industrial site (date of completion: 2013/2014); the Zurich Freilager Area (Switzerland) project in two former industrial facilities with additional floors and a Students‘ Hall added to a former duty-free, bonded warehouse site in Zurich (date of completion: 2015); the Dolder Waldhaus hotel in Zurich (Switzerland), a remodelling of the well-established four-star hotel (date of construction: 2016), and the Hanover Sprengelmuseum (Germany), an extension of the existing Hanover Museum (date of completion: 2015).
Marcel Meili was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1990 and 2001 and has been Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of ETH Zurich since 1999, where he established and runs the ETH Studio Basel: Contemporary City Institute, together with Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Roger Diener, and Christian Schmid.
Markus Peter was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1957. Markus Peter finished the apprenticeship as draftsman and studied at the Freie Universität, Berlin (D) as a visiting student at the Department of Philosophy. 1984 Markus Peter received his diploma in architecture at the Technical Institute, Winterthur (CH). Furthermore Markus Peter has worked as a teaching assistant for Prof. Mario Campi at the ETH Zurich (1986 -1988 and in 1990), as visiting professor at the Chair of Design at the ETH Zurich (1993-1995) and as professor for construction at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in 2002. His current research focuses on the work and impact of the famous German architect Bernhard Hans Henry Scharoun.
In 1987, he established his own firm in Zurich, together with Marcel Meili, and 2007 a subsidiary in Munich, Germany, whose major project – In the Midst of Munich – will be completed in summer 2013.
Major current projects include the Football Stadion in Zürich (2000-2010), City West Zurich (date of completion: 2013/2014); the Zurich Freilager Area (date of completion: 2015); the Dolder Waldhaus hotel in Zurich and the Hanover Sprengelmuseum (Germany), an extension of the existing Hanover Museum (date of completion: 2015).
Nathanaël Chollet was born in Riaz, Fribourg, Switzerland, in 1983. He studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) and got his diploma in 2008. He received the ABB (Asean Brown Boveri) Research Prize for his diploma, awarded for innovative and high-level research in the field of new energies.
After his graduation, he worked one year as a project manager with Ruprecht Architekten AG, Zürich (CH), where he won the 1st prize of a competition for a church in Inwil, Switzerland.
He joined Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten AG in 2010 and has been a Member of the Management Board since 2012. The main projects he has been working on as a project manager are House B of the City West residential area in Zurich (81 apartments buildings, from preliminary studies to completion in 2013), and since 2012, the “Zoelly Tower” in the same residential area (134 apartements, 23 storeys, height: 77 m, construction documents – ongoing, completion in 2014).
The architects’ firm of Marcel Meili, Markus Peter was established in Zurich in 1987 and was awarded most of its projects by way of national as well as international competitions. In addition to buildings, the oeuvre also comprises a series of more experimental works such as bridges, movable information boxes, stage settings, and even a film. The works are extensively documented in the book Marcel Meili-Markus Peter 1987 bis 2008 in English, too (Verlag Scheidegger und Spiess).
To us, designing was never a mere application of a standard of knowledge but the study of a given topic, for instance also in a programme. The creative interpretation of a programme is a central motivation driving our architectural research and studies. As an emphasis of our design research, the relationships between complex bearing structures and space as well as an exploration of landscapes have emerged. A joint team and cooperation with other architects has always been part of our efforts to achieve true architectural quality under complex pre-conditions. Without historicizing, our works always draw from a great interest in the history of the discipline and the town.
Since the turn of the millennium, we have also and increasingly operated in other European countries. In 2005, we even established an office in Munich for a large city-centre project. Together, about 50 architects, 20 of them in Munich, are currently working at our offices.
In addition, Markus Peter and Marcel Meili are both teaching and research professors at ETH Zurich.