See also – TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS | NICOLE GOTTSCHALL
BIOGRAPHY: THE MAN BEFORE THE MYTH
He has been studying at the Zurich University of the Arts from 1970 to 1974 with architecture specialization. He get graduated in 1974: Diplom by Willy Guhl / Architect & Interior designer. He continues his studies at the Berklee College of Music (specialist subject: Film Music Composition) untill 1977. In 1977 he goes to the USA, and work as a design architect and interior designer in several offices. It is in 1980 that he creates his company and start working independently. He won several prizes.
The company he runs employs between 12 and 15 people. His work consists in prototypical architecture, interior design and corporate architecture for banks, insurance companies, museums, and shopping centers.
« I sit, apart from a sensible choice of materials, a timeless modern yet welcoming architectural language. » That is how Ramseier describes his work. The materials he use the most are of great quality and esthetic value, he tries not to use metal or wood. He thinks that the Swiss architecture is unique because of its great functionality assets.
Most of his constructions have a clear architectural language, they are developed depending the user’s view.
BACKGROUND & REALIZATIONS:
Park Hyatt Hotel Interior Design
In the spring of 2002, Ramseier & Associates Ltd. was commissioned to undertake all interior design aspects for the building, which had been planned by Meili & Peter. The generous dimensions of the 10 meters high lobby, which is bathed in natural light, has been set off by a large scale painting created on the premises by Sol Le Witt. Guests have access to the neighboring lounge via a bamboo garden. The lounge combines elegance with welcoming comfort through the use of Canadian maple and cherry wood with light beige leather upholstery. The hotel has altogether 142 exclusively furnished rooms as well as a ballroom and conference rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual aids. The spacious restaurant with its 6 meters high ceiling has a display kitchen and a wood burning fireplace as well as a wine room for degustation and private functions.
VIP Lounge Mess
Park Hotel Zug
Refurbishment of a Business Hotel
(Interior Design / 1st prize competition)
Residence at Pfannenstiel, Zürich
This residence is situated idyllically at the edge of a wood, visible from afar above the community of Egg near Zurich. Approaching through the generously laid out grounds in which soft green swards contrast with geometrical concrete areas, the visitor is captivated by the fascinating panorama of the mountain chain across the valley. The basic structure of the nineteen-sixties villa consists of three interlocking building cubes. The brief was to design a combined conversion and extension which would remain faithful to the original architectural concept and at the same time fulfill the principle’s requirements in respect of spatial organization and additional room. Viewed from without, the living and eating area with its anthracite hue provides a clearly defined central element in contrast to the remaining living areas. The simplicity of the total concept is given its final expression by means of subtle, uninterrupted details and the use of only a few select materials.
Villa Suvretta, St. Moritz
New construction of a private residence in Suvretta.
Development study 2009 / 2010
Residence Egg, Zurich
New construction of a private residence in Egg near Zurich
MOST ICONIC PROJECTS:
Margarete Steiff Museum Giengen near Ulm
As the result of a competition between invited participants Ramseier & Associates Ltd. was commissioned to carry out the planning of the new Margarete Steiff Museum in Giengen near Ulm. The concrete and formalistic expression of the elliptical and slightly conical main structure recalls the pragmatism of Richard Serra’s steel sculptures. The museum, which covers 2,400 m² and involved costs of 10 million euros, presents the firm’s history as its main theme. In addition to this the building contains a section demonstrating production methods, a restaurant and a museum shop. The museum was completed punctually in the spring of 2005, in time to celebrate the 125th anniversary of this world famous ‘Button in Ear’ toy manufacturer. In the autumn of 2005 Ramseier & Associates Ltd. received the ‘Exemplary Construction Award which is presented by the Chamber of Architecture of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Exhibition design and realisation: Milla und Partner GmbH, Agentur & Ateliers, Stuttgart.
VP Bank Bahnofstrasse in Zürich
Ramseier & Associates Ltd. provided interior design services for the VP Bank in the Zurich Bahnhofstrasse which included the customer service zone with reception area and individual consultation rooms. The refined atmosphere of the reception area is generated by the selected materials such as the dark Macassar veneer, the beige North Italian shell limestone and the gold colored undulating wall, together with special lighting effects which accentuate them. Some of the VP Bank’s ‘house colors’ were implemented in the consultation room zone, thus reflecting the company’s corporate identity in the corporate architecture concept.
PRIZES & AWARDS
Here’s the list of the different prizes or awards that Ramseier or his company won:
- Iconic Awards 2014 Winner Architecture, for the Margarete Steiff Museum Giengen
- Iconic Awards 2014 Winner Interior, for the VP Bank Bahnhofstrasse Zürich
- Award “best architects 10”, for the VP Bank Bahnhofstrasse Zürich
- Tageslicht – Award 2010 Velux Foundation and Department Architecture ETH Zürich
- BPB Rigips Trophy ’03 – 2nd prize, for the Centre Commercial & De Loisirs De La Praille Geneva
- Financial Institution of the Year 2001-02 – 1st prize, for the Kreissparkasse Munich Starnberg
See also – TOP DESIGNERS | IRIA DEGEN
TOP PROJECTS GALLERY