1992 Competition Winner
2004 Construction Completed
2006 AIA National Honor Award for Urban Design
2006 AIA California Chapter Merit Award for Urban Design
Completed by lee + mundwiler/
Stauffenegger + Stutz Visual Design, Basel
After a considerate amount of analysis of the political institution and people’s desire for the space, our design solution for the Piazza was an absolute void. This total reduction left the space free to stage numerous, diverse events of different sizes and needs. The architectural element is reduced to the minimum; stone quarried from the Swiss mountains is the surface, while the band of light has a symbolic meaning of welcoming people to enter parliament. These conditions are punctuated with water: liquid that can appear and disappear as desired.