Close-up—Ruch & Partner Architects 1994–2018

Close-up—Ruch & Partner Architects 1994–2018

The definitive monograph on the work of Ruch & Partner Architects, whose restorations of and contemporary interventions in historic houses in the Engadine have gained much international recognition



Title Information

Edited by Ruch & Partner Architects. With contributions by Hans-Jörg Ruch and Franz Wanner. Photographs by Filippo Simonetti

1st edition

, 2018


424 pages, 272 color and 300 b/w illustrations and plans

27.5 x 29.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-797-6


In 2009, the book Historic Houses in the Engadin: Architectural Interventions by Hans-Jörg Ruch brought the name and work of this Swiss architect to international attention. His new book, in equally opulent design and again lavishly illustrated, now documents the entire range of his achievements over nearly twenty-five years. His oeuvre comprises private houses and multi-unit residential buildings, public buildings such as museums or libraries, as well as infrastructure designs. A special focus of the firm’s work are the rebuilding and restoration of existing and in particular of historic buildings.

Close-up—Ruch & Partner Architects 1994–2018 features the firm’s key designs, realized buildings as well projects and proposals, including the restored historic houses in the Engadine with the careful and sensitive contemporary interventions that made its name. Each is presented with atmospheric photographs and selected plans that demonstrate the firm’s approach and concepts and with a concise text. A topical essay on Ruch’s architecture in context with his biography and the surrounding Swiss mountain landscape.


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Authors & Editors

Hans-Jörg Ruch

 graduated in architecture from ETH Zurich in 1971 and obtained a Master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PRI in Troy, NY, in 1973. After working for Obrist and Partners, St. Moritz, and with Urs Hüsler, St. Moritz, he established his own studio in St. Moritz in 1989, operating as Ruch & Partner Architects since 2010.

Franz Wanner

 attended the School of Design in Lucerne, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He has been exhibiting in various galleries and museums for the past forty years. From 2007 to 2012 he was an academic assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and since 2010 he has been teaching art theory as a lecturer at the ZHAW in Winterthur.