Roger Boltshauser 2002-2021: Impure Materiality (El Croquis 209)
El Croquis, 2021
Roger Boltshauser (Zurich, Switzerland, 1964) graduated at ETH Zurich in 1995. One year later he founded his office Boltshauser Architekten, and started working as Research Associate at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), and as Design Assistant for Peter Märkli visiting professorship, both at ETH Zurich. He has also taught at EPFL Lausanne, the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau and the University of Technology Munich.
He was the initiator and founding member of the architect group Krokodil in 2008. He was a member of the city planning commission of the City of Lucerne, of the Schweizer Baumuster-Centrale Zürich and, since 2018, he is a member of the building committee of the City of Zurich.
Covering almost two decades of work by Roger Boltshauser, this issue takes a fresh look at the Zurich-based architect’s uniquely contemporary manner of expression. With profiles of more than 20 projects conceived since the turn of the century, it outlines Boltshauser’s approach to materials and the methods he uses to reveal their intrinsic constructive and structural possibilities. Among the highlights are the rammed earth Rauch House, a clay observation tower at the Brickworks Museum in Cham, Oerlikon Sports and Swimming Centre, Ozeanium at Basel Zoo, and more. The issue also features a conversation with the architect and Jonathan Sergison, plus an essay by Jesús Vassallo.