Galli Rudolf Architekten

Galli Rudolf Architekten

Spatial Adaptations 1998–2014

Galli Rudolf's architecture responds strategically rather than merely formal to questions about the architects' role in society.



Title Information

Edited by Sabine von Fischer. Essays by Reto Pfenniger, Yehuda E. Safran, Caspar Schärer, and Sabine von Fischer, and a conversation by Inge Beckel with Andreas Galli and Yvonne Rudolf

1st edition

, 2014

Text German and English


320 pages, 166 color and 367 b/w illustrations and plans

22.5 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-50-0


The Zürich-based firm Galli Rudolf Architekten has built a range of projects in housing, mixed-use developments, and schools and has garnered acclaim for its innovation in integrating and preserving historic buildings in the midst of large rebuilding or redevelopment projects. This volume is the first to take a detailed look at the firm. A wealth of plans, images, and diagrams are complemented by a series of essays that take up the architects’ education, cultural interests and interactions with artists, their focus on community, and, crucially, their strategies for organizing space—and using space to frame projects at the urban periphery and maintain historical continuity even in the midst of change.

Photographs are contributed by Hélène Binet, Tom Bisig, Ralph Feiner, Roger Frei, Hannes Henz, and Dominique Marc Wehrli

Authors & Editors

Sabine von Fischer

 is an architect, critic, and publicist. She writes and researches at the interface of architecture and science at EPFL in Lausanne and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Reto Pfenninger

 is an architect and partner with Hanspeter Oester Reto Pfenninger Architekten in Zurich. Besides his architectural practice, he is a professor for Architecture, Design, and Construction at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Yehuda E. Safran

 currently lives and works in New York, where he directs the Potlatch Lab as well as the journal for art and architecture of the same name and teaches at Columbia University GSAPP. He has has curated exhibitions on Adolf Loos and Frederick Kiesler.

Caspar Schärer

, born 1973, took his degree in architecture from ETH Zurich. He lives and works as an architectural publicist in Zürich. He also teaches at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and ETH Zurich.