Alexander Hardegger’s buildings emerge from the interplay between poetry and skill, between intuition and technique. They are a combination of imagination and excellent craftsmanship, and always place human beings at their center. And so, ideas give birth to spaces that are not only functional but are inherently understood, and that exude trust, warmth, and comfort.
Early influences, a creative eye for the essential and a universally graspable geometry of aesthetics are substantial components of his work.
They lend his structures depth, personality, and an unassuming presence.
SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE –
A STUDY IN SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION
As a stone sculptor, Alexander Hardegger learned to find form in the stone with every strike of the chisel. To be present, while remaining forceful and disciplined in equal measure. Shape here emerges from subtraction – from removal.
An architect’s approach to design and construction is exactly the opposite. A building is created by joining: by merging the assignment, the design, the envelope, the surfaces, the trades into a harmonious whole.
In his work, Alexander Hardegger combines both disciplines into spaces that meld and embody architecture and sculpture as one.
MUSIC – INSPIRATION
AND WELLSPRING OF DESIGN
In architecture as in music, structure and rhythm are key, as are style, feeling and practical skill. The inspirational effect of both disciplines is reciprocal. Tunes give rise to images. “Music of emergence” is what Alexander Hardegger calls it when the strains of Andrés Segovias’ guitar make the heat of Andalusia almost palpable, bringing Alhambra’s sublime beauty to his mind’s eye. Completely turned inward, with a pencil in hand, he transforms the sounds in the room into architecture.
BAROQUE SOLEMNITY –
PURISM WITH LUMINOSITY
Alexander Hardegger grew up in Upper Swabia and, thanks to the opulence of magnificent churches and monasteries, “Baroque solemnity” became part of his architectural design aesthetic. Through materials, color, and light, it lends the purism of modern buildings luminosity and releases their radiance as impactful structures.
SPACIOUSNESS – AN INVITATION
TO STRETCH OUT
Spaciousness is what Alexander Hardegger seeks in his sketches as soon as pencil touches paper. A sense of expansiveness in the sequence of rooms, in the relationship between interior and exterior, in perspective. Spaciousness creates generosity, even on a small scale. It is an invitation to stretch out and perceive the world in new ways.
THE MASON’S LODGE –
METHOD AND FULFILLMENT
Buildings are always created out of the sum total of the energy and skills of all participants, the interaction among clients, architects, engineers, and trades. As in the past when Gothic cathedrals were built, the union of all parties involved is required to make a construction project truly shine.
Alexander Hardegger has made the “mason’s lodge” principle, where the knowledge of all disciplines intermingles and merges, into his method. And working away at truly fitting solutions with the best in their respective fields is his definition of fulfillment.
Buildings last only when they work exactly right. Precision is the key, in both design and execution.
For Alexander Hardegger, though, precision is even more than that. It is passion and ritual. Along with his devotion to refinement and exactness, he always keeps his eye on the whole. Calmly and clearly. Until the result is as it should be.