Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Chur Buildings

Ritter Schumacher Architekten Chur, New Swiss Architecture Exhibition

Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Chur

New Buildings in Grisonian Rhine Valley, Switzerland – Exhibition

6 Sep 2019

Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Chur Buildings Exhibition

Architects: Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Switzerland


Location: Chur, Swiss canton of Grisons, Switzerland

Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Chur

Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Chur

Portal Churwalden © RitterSchumacher AG

Exhibition: 5 October – 21 November 2019
Opening: Friday, 4 October 2019, 6:30 pm
Location: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18–19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 am-6:30 pm, Sun-Mon 1-5 pm and Sat, 17 August 2019, 1-5 pm

Camping Pradafenz, Churwalden – Haupteingang:
Camping Pradafenz, Churwalden
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

The architectural office of Ritter Schumacher is based in Chur, located in the eastern Swiss alpine canton of Graubünden. The traditionally close relationship between the city and the surrounding region has shaped the holistic, integrative working approach of Jon Ritter and Michael Schumacher.

The exhibition provides insight into their firm’s planning strategies for rural development in Switzerland. Using their work in the municipality of Churwalden as an example, it shows how a series of precise structural interventions in the rural context has set in motion a consistent, sustainable process of the area and is driving its future development.

Churwalden mit Portal und ohne Busterminal:
Portal Churwalden Gondola Lift Switzerland
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

Central to the work of the office is to activate the surrounding rural areas through targeted interventions, while working in close dialogue with the municipal administration and users to make the villages and communities more attractive – both for the local population and tourism.

The Swiss municipality of Churwalden lies along the pass road from Chur to Lenzerheide and depends on ski and hiking tourism. The linear village structure developed historically along the main traffic axis. The village is being revitalized in an impressive way through the addition of several functional buildings, where new summer recreational activities will complement the well established ski tourism.

Carried out in successive steps, Ritter Schumacher’s projects have been specifically designed for this location and involve all local stakeholders, are leading to the formation of a new, striking town center. The architects’ contribution to development and planning goes well beyond their design expertise. They also act as planning consultants and project developers, initiators of participatory processes, catalysts, while acquiring users for the additional proposed functions in the area.

‘Portal Churwalden’ Gondola Lift / Restaurant

Portal Churwalden – Zugang:
Portal Churwalden Gondola Lift
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

Portal Churwalden – Gondelhalle:
Portal Churwalden Gondola Lift interior
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

The first new element contributing to Churwalden’s development was the new valley station (2015). It includes a restaurant and viewing platform, while functioning as the entrance building to the Lenzerheide Arosa ski resort.

Portal Churwalden Restaurant:
Portal Churwalden Restaurant
photo © Tollkirsch AG

The building’s strategic placement led to a reorganization of the existing local structure. Its expressive design and skillful mix of functions create an unmistakable identity.

Pradafenz Campground

Camping Churwalden building:
Ritter Schumacher Architekten Camping Churwalden building
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

Camping im Alltag:
Camping im Alltag Chur Grisons Switzerland
photo © Tollkirsch AG

Camping Churwalden – Waschsalon:
Camping Churwalden by Ritter Schumacher Architekten
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

For the redesign of the campground, including the administration and service building (2016), Ritter Schumacher were inspired by the design language of camping trailers with their diverse interior fittings and rounded wheel arches. The building’s striking architecture houses a wide range of services for the campground in Churwalden – used by tourists and locals alike.

Churwalden Bus Terminal/Supermarket

Busterminal Nacht – Zugang Migros:
Churwalden Bus Terminal/Supermarket
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

Busterminal Nacht – Zugang Migros:
Churwalden Bus Terminal/Supermarket
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

Busterminal Nacht – Haltestelle entlang Dorfstrasse:
Churwalden Bus Terminal/Supermarket
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

The construction of new buildings in the village center, led to an increased demand for a better public transportation network. This resulted in the Bus Terminal (2017), which was built at the suggestion of the architects as a mixed-use structure, and also functions as a supermarket.

Chur Bus Terminal building Switzerland
photo © Tollkirsch AG

Chur Bus Terminal / Supermarket
photo © Tollkirsch AG

This new urban component is located directly on the main thoroughfare and marks the access road to the valley station. The terminal’s contemporary construction using timber, a typical building material in the area, also fosters a sense of local identity.

This was followed by additional structures in the immediate vicinity: a dome-like roof of wooden shingles covers a marble run (2018) which was donated by tennis player Roger Federer, and a tower-like residential building (2018). While an ensemble of new apartment buildings complements the towns striking new center with the creation of a public square, to be completed in 2020.

Churwalden Kuegalibahn vor Terrasse Portal:
Churwalden Kuegalibahn vor Terrasse Portal
photo © RitterSchumacher AG

In the elaborately designed exhibition installation, the urban development process and the projects in Churwalden are explained in detail. These are complemented by further buildings which illustrate the firm’s creative range. Ritter Schumacher received numerous awards for their commitment to the community of Churwalden, including the Award für Marketing + Architektur for the Portal Churwalden in 2016, as well as the Award für Marketing + Architektur and an honorable mention by the Prix Lignum, both for the bus terminal in 2018.

Portal Churwalden Kuegalibahn während Mittagspause:
Portal Churwalden Kuegalibahn während Mittagspause
photo © Tollkirsch AG

Ritter Schumacher is one of the leading architectural firms in Graubünden with offices in Chur, Zurich, and Vaduz/Liechtenstein. The interdisciplinary team consists of architects, technical drawers, interior designers, project managers, site managers, and specialists in the fields of 3D visualization, graphic design, administration, and marketing. In addition to a large number of office and residential buildings, the firm’s multifaceted oeuvre focuses on buildings for research, education, tourism, and infrastructure, as well as revitalization projects, mainly in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. A project for a school for the arts in Liuzhou, China is currently under construction.

More information

Speaking at the opening:

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss Aedes, Berlin
Rascha Osman Embassy Councillor / Head of Cultural Division, Swiss Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany
Ulf Meyer architecture journalist, Berlin
Jon Ritter and Michael Schumacher Ritter Schumacher AG, Chur

Opening Event:

Christoph Hesse and Ritter Schumacher, Architects
Introduction and discussion

Time: Friday, 4 October 2019, 5–6 pm
Location: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstrasse 18–19, 10119 Berlin
Prior to the exhibition opening, the architects Christoph Hesse, Korbach/Berlin, and Jon Ritter and Michael Schumacher, Chur will present their projects and works in rural areas and discuss their experiences, strategies and successful working methods for the development of rural regions in Germany and Switzerland.

Hans Jürgen Commerell Director ANCB, Berlin

In Dialogue
Christoph Hesse Christoph Hesse Architects, Korbach/Berlin
Jon Ritter and Michael Schumacher Ritter Schumacher Architekten, Chur

Friederike Meyer Editor-in-Chief Baunetz Media, Berlin

The event will be held in German. Admission is free. Please register at: [email protected]

Aedes cooperation partners:
Zumtobel, Schindler / The PORT Technology, Carpet Concept

Ritter Schumacher Architekten Chur Building images / information received 060619 from Aedes Architecture Forum

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