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Duplex Architects


Edited by Ludovic Balland
Edited by Nele Dechmann


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  • First monograph on Swiss firm Duplex Architects to date, documents in great detail five housing designs that exemplify Duplex Architects’ position, concepts, and methods
  • Outstanding book design by Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet
Full Description

Duplex Architects were founded in 2007 in Zurich and now also run offices in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and, most recently, in Paris. They have gained an excellent reputation internationally for their designs of various scales and across a vast range of typologies.

This first monograph on Duplex Architects’ work in Germany and Switzerland offers a close look at their approach to housing design. Five projects in Switzerland are documented extensively through a wealth of images, plans, and visualisations, exemplifying the firm’s position on urban planning, typology research, and materiality and demonstrating their utterly independent way of working. Urban scale, search for new forms of communal living, the importance of community, and a collaborative design process are at the core of Duplex Architects’ explorations into residential architecture.

Nele Dechmann’s text and Ludovic Balland’s photo essay serve to illuminate Duplex Architects’ work each in their own way. Further texts are contributed by the firm’s founding partners Anne Kaestle and Dan Schürch, as well as by other expert authors, who cast their own personal glance at the five projects featured in this book.

About the Author

Ludovic Balland lives and works in Basel as a graphic designer specialising in entire editorial projects, and also teaches as a professor of typography at HGB Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and lectures at various art schools and universities in Switzerland, Europe, and the US.

Nele Dechmann is a Zurich-based freelance architect and theorist with a focus on new forms of housing.

Park Books
17th Jan 2022
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
300 mm x 230 mm
320 Pages
500 color, 20 b&w
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