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HOSOYA SCHAEFER is a Zürich-based studio for architectural designs, strategies, and research. It was founded by Markus Schaefer and Hiromi Hosoya in 2003. With an international network of collaborators, the studio is involved in building design and realization, urban design, media installations, strategic planning, and consulting.

For us, architecture is a process of constant inquiry. We try to develop a clear and specific solution for each project. Along the way, we frequently discover wisdom that has already been formulated. However, more and more often, innovation becomes apparent, especially in the recombination of existing ideas. We work with clients and partners who come to us with unusual questions, which we approach with interdisciplinary responses. To facilitate this method, we have built an international network of innovative people and offices with whom we regularly cooperate. Novelty is therefore not an end in and of itself but rather a response to changing conditions and the uncertainty of the future. With innovation as a core competence, the officeís sphere of activity is broad. We work on city planning, architecture, media installations, and films. Our projects include innovation parks, a 230-ha Masterplan in Slovenia, Europeís highest altitude airport, a train station at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, four train stations in Toronto, ready-made paper houses, the news studio for ZDF in Germany, or films about mobility for Volkswagen. We are rationally optimistic and see space, buildings, and cities as parts of a larger whole, a system that it is imperative to understand and to design intelligently.

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