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DOMOTEX INTERVIEW 52


The team at his Zurich-based company pride themselves as being designers with an urbanistic view and attention to detail. We asked for a few details of our own


Photography |Werknetz Architektur Words | Richard Burton


Philipp Wieting founded Werknetz Architektur in 1999 and has been using Building Information Modelling for more than 10 years. He was given the fi rst BIM Arc Award in 2016, ten years after he created the fi rst building using it. But his philosophy goes far deeper than methodology.


DOMOTEX : You speak of giving rooms a soul, of bringing ‘sensuality’ to the design process. As an architect, how does that manifest itself? PHILIPP WIETING : Through the consistent implementation of a set of space-defi ning principles, the contents are given a spirit. Such concepts guide how we think about space and drive the approach. We guide the client through a tectonic journey of the unexpected, which touches the senses and inspires throughout both the planning and construction processes. Our digital tools make this possible.


DOMOTEX : Your company has been at the forefront of BIM throughout the past decade. Is this something clients are increasingly requesting? PW : We received the ARC Award in 2016 while we, as architects, formulated, validated and further developed our BIM-related goals without the imposition of external forces such as clients or general contractors. By placing all of the risks associated with entrepreneurial innovation upon ourselves, we then become the primary player in the planning process. In doing so, we assume control over design, planning and construction through the mastery of the BIM method.


DOMOTEX : And how does it aff ect your approach to a project? PW : We regularly inform ourselves about cutting-edge technology and seek new ways not only to improve the effi ciency of project delivery,


but to broaden the scope of what we can do. This will occur naturally with each new BIM project and is augmented when our clients also demonstrate a particular interest in new software and approaches.


DOMOTEX : How integral are all the decisions involving fl ooring within the design process? PW : Flooring is always an essential component with which to transmit the overarching mood. It is always critical for the architect to consider the relationships between discreet elements; how the wall is expressed in relation to the fl oor and so on. Our single family housing project in Domat/Ems dealt with the interior lining of a concrete shell. It was paramount for portions of the walls and fl oors to be of the same material to achieve an expression of internalised wrapping.


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