Portrait EM2N

We aim to produce architecture that is powerful and personal, architecture with the capability of developing its own character. As a result our projects may polarize the public, which is fine with us. One may love or hate our architecture, but one should never be left indifferent.

As post-idealistic children of the 1968-generation, we do not recognise a single great truth, but find in the fractures of real­ity a ground in which to anchor architecture. This is the radicalism that we derived from Venturi’s ‘both-and’ principle. But both-and should not be mistaken as being arbitrary or indecisive. Behind and within it lies the problematic recognition of equitable values, and a longing for an architecture that renounces all dogma, opening itself to the freedom of possibility.

With offices in both Zurich and Berlin, EM2N with Mathias Müller (*1966) and Daniel Niggli (*1970) has 70 collaborators working on construction and competition

projects in Switzerland and abroad. In addition to a number of awards including ‘bestarchitects’, ‘Umsicht-Regards-Sguardi’, the ‘Auszeichnung Guter Bauten’ from the City of Zurich,

the Canton of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, they received the ‘Swiss Art Award’ in Architecture. Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli were visiting professors at the

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, as well as in Zurich. Daniel Niggli was a member of the construction commitees in Berlin (2008–12)

and Zurich (2010–14).


Their important recent construction projects include the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Emmenbrücke (2016), the Swiss Film Archive in Penthaz (2015), the

Toni-Areal in Zurich (2014), the Keystone Office Building in Prag (2012) and ‘Im Viadukt’– Refurbishment of the viaduct arches in Zurich (2010). Planning has

started on, among other projects, the Housing Briesetrasse Neukölln in Berlin and the New Museum of Natural History Basel and State Archives Basel-City (both

since 2015). In addition construction work has started on the Housing Riedpark in Zug (since 2008) as well as the Heuried Sports Centre, Ice

Sport Hall (since 2015).


EM2N is managed by Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggli together with their associates Bernd Druffel (*1972), Fabian Hörmann (*1978), Verena Lindenmayer (*1975), Björn

Rimner (*1978), Gerry Schwyter (*1975) and Christof Zollinger (*1973).


Contact Zurich

EM2N | Mathias Müller | Daniel Niggli
Architekten AG | ETH | SIA | BSA
Josefstrasse 92
CH–8005 Zürich


T +41 44 215 60 10
F +41 44 215 60 11




VAT number CHE-106.835.469 MWST


Contact Berlin

EM2N Architekten Berlin GmbH
Mathias Müller | Daniel Niggli
Urbanstraße 71
D–10967 Berlin


T +49 30 585 83 46 30
F +49 30 585 83 46 32




VAT number DE302400665


Media enquiries
T +41 44 215 60 38