As the planner of a number of bridges in Switzerland, Jürg Conzett concentrates on structures and their relationship to the landscape.
Bridges, tunnels, passes, viaducts, roads or their supporting walls are a very distinctive feature of Switzerland’s landscape. A central theme of Jürg Conzett’s work are structures serving traffic routes which on the one hand take account of engineering and efficiency yet are also designed to elicit certain emotional responses in the user and beholder.
Jürg Conzett shows how important the design value of traffic structures and the cultural significance of construction engineering are.
Dipl.-Ing. Jürg Conzett studied civil engineering at the Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL/ETHL) and Zurich (ETHZ). He worked for the architect Peter Zumthor before establishing his own engineering office in 1988. Today he leads an engineering office in Chur together with his partners Gianfranco Bronzini and Patrick Gartmann. They design and plan bridges and load-bearing structures for buildings. Their most important works: wooden Mursteg footbridge in Murau/Styria (Arch.: Meili, Peter, Zurich), expansion of the Higher Technical School HS Wood Biel (Arch.: Meili, Peter, Zurich), suspension bridges Traversiner Steg and Pùnt da Suransuns, Viamala, residential and office building at Ottoplatz, Chur (Arch.: Jüngling und Hagmann, Chur), Volta schoolhouse Basel (Arch.: Miller und Maranta, Basel), wooden-concrete bridge over the Glenner in Peiden-Bad, stone bridge in Vals village, Aarestege Rupperswil, Auenstein.
Jürg Conzett is a guest member of the Association of Swiss Architects (BSAA), of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and a member of the Schweizerischer Werkbund (SWB
Ich sehe es als eine Aufgabe des Bauingenieurs, ein Gleichgewicht zwischen den oft widersprüchlichen Anforderungen der Funktion und der Ästhetik herzustellen.