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Smolenicky & Partner

Profile of Swiss architecture firm Smolenicky & Partner, led by Joseph Smolenicky.

Profile of Smolenicky & Partner

Business Name
Smolenicky & Partner


Joseph Smolenicky (1960)


Smolenicky & Partner is an international architectural office based in Zurich with numerous different projects to its name, ranging from the fields of interior and luxury-segment architecture to complex large-scale projects of the highest standards.

Each project starts with the careful distillation of the core potentialities of the building remit and a precise definition of the existing qualities of the site.

The success of architecture depends on achieving an intelligent balance between the complex relations of economics, organisations and aesthetics.

The result is a location that both meets the highest requirements of the client and provides the user with pleasurable surroundings, whilst simultaneously establishing its own unmistakable character. In the process, atmospheric density and spatial quality play equally a central role as the efficient exploitation of the available resources.


  • Founded: 1992
  • Offices: 1
  • Design team: 10

Key projects

  • Hotel Kurpark Engelberg, 4+ star hotel, 2010
  • Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Tamina Therma thermal baths building, 2009
  • Club-Restaurant-Building, Golf Sempachersee, 2007
  • Watch Museum, IWC Schaffhausen, 2007
  • Interior-design conversion for 2, 000 staff, Ernst & Young, Eschborn, 2006
  • New restaurant and club-house conversion, golf Kyburg, 2004
  • Accenture Campus Kronberg, Frankfurt a.M., 2003
  • Restaurant Strozzis Piu, Paradeplatz Zurich, 2002
  • Bar and Cafe Strozzis, Seefeld Zurich, 2001
  • Accenture Zurich, 1999

Key publications

  • Swiss Casual Elegance, Golf Club Sempachersee, by Axel Simon, In: A10, Juni 2008
  • Gebaude und Gebilde, by Andreas Hild, in: Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, April 2008
  • Forte identidade, IWC Schaffhausen, by Tiago Krusse, in: Espaco & Design, Februar / Marz 2008
  • Das Radikale ist banal, by Tibor Joanelly, in: Hochparterre, November 2007
  • Schmuckkasten, IWC Schaffhausen, GQ Germany, November 2007
  • Meister der Gestaltung wohnlicher Atmosphare, by Roderick Honig, in: Sonntags Zeitung, 6. April 2003
  • Strozzi`s Piu, Zurich - grosser, besser?, in: Werk, Bauen und Wohnen, Dez 12 / 2002
  • Das Filtern paralleler Realitaten, by Christoph Burkle, in: Neue Zurcher Zeitung, 12. April 1996
  • New Neofunctional Architecture, by: Jos Bosmann, in: Quaderns 202 Barcelona
  • Raum als Lichterscheinung - Unterirdischer Ballettsaal, Opernhaus Zurich, by: Joseph Smolenicky, in: Archithese 5/95

Key awards

  • 2008 Nomination Corporate Architecture Award, Museum IWC, Schaffhausen
  • 2007 Hotel Kurpark Engelberg, 1st prize, in planning
  • 2004 Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Tamina Therma, 1st prize, under construction
  • 2004 Frankfurt Airport, underground shopping mall, level 0, 1st prize, under construction
  • 2002 Accenture, European head office, Frankfurt, 1st prize, completed
  • 2002 Restaurant Strozzi's Piu, Paradeplatz Zurich, 1st prize, completed
  • 2000 Prize-winner Architecture, Swiss Federal Art Competition
  • 1999 Best bar and restaurant building awarded by Hochparterre and SF DRS for the Kornhauskeller, Berne

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