Zoo "La Garenne"
© Matthieu Gafsou
Manuel Bieler, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre and Laurent Saurer founded LOCALARCHITECTURE in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2002. Their work focuses on developing a responsive architecture that contributes in redefining a context’s harmony and history. Coming from a precise analysis of the «milieux», their architecture explores the notion of the «presence» of a building which is conveyed by an intimate relationship of form and structure. Localarchitecture has been recognized nationally and internationally in publications and competitions. Recent awards include the Lignum Award in 2012 and 2009, Distinction Romande d’Architecture Award in 2006 and Bois21 Award in 2005. Localarchitecture has been involved in teaching for several years, in particular as lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), teaching tutor of Prof. Harry Gugger (lapa), and through review jurys at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Zürich (ETHZ), Ecole d’architectes et d’ingénieurs de Fribourg (HES-SO), Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD-HES-SO), or the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio.