Diener & Diener Architects - Housing

Martin Steinmann, Alexandre Aviolat, Bruno Marchand

With a conversation with Roger Diener


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Diener & Diener Architects – Housing is an in-depth documentation of more than 40 years’ research and practice in housing design by renowned firm Diener & Diener Architects, based in Basel and Berlin, one of Switzerland’s leading architecture firms.

Contemporary Architecture, Monograph
Over the past forty years, it has maintained a consistent focus on residential architecture. Even before the foundation of Diener & Diener Architects proper, Roger Diener’s father, Marcus Diener, laid the roots for the firm’s specialization on housing, and today, Diener & Diener is known for designs in this field with sparingly used simple patterns, typologies, and materials. Diener & Diener Architects—Housing discusses thirty designs exemplifying the firm’s philosophy—a philosophy that considers the individual urban contexts for each building structure. The book features photographs, floor and site plans, as well as images and plans from the firm’s archive. Drawing also on Roger Diener’s collected lectures, the texts investigate Diener & Diener’s own typological design process, which serves as the foundation for each project. By so doing, they give insight into Diener & Diener’s long-standing success and their significance in the field of contemporary housing architecture.

Martin Steinmann is professor emeritus of architecture and architectural theory at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Bruno Marchand is professor of architectural theory.
Alexandre Aviolat is an architect and teaching assistant at EPFL’s Theory and History of Architecture Laboratory 2.


82 color, 120 b/w 

176 pages, 202 illustrations
Paperback, 23x29 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9783038601852