Architect: Peter Märkli

The Language of Architecture: Peter Märkli’s system of proportion

The Language of Architecture: Peter Märkli’s system of proportion

By Stacey Lewis

Peter Märkli’s hand-drawn section of the ancient monument Hagia Sophia (532–7) is part of a working process developed alongside his design work. The output is a collection of investigative drawings that document sacred archetypal buildings, and articulate his resolved thesis that ‘architecture has a language’.   The weight of the drawing… Read More

Peter Märkli: My Facade Material

Peter Märkli: My Facade Material

By Editors

The following quotations are from ‘Mein Stoff für Fassaden (My Facade Material)’, a lecture delivered online by Peter Märkli to open a series of five talks for the Architecture Foundation. The quotations are presented here in a loose fashion, some treated as aphorisms about design, others illustrated with drawings from… Read More

Alternative Histories: Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter on Peter Märkli

Alternative Histories: Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter on Peter Märkli

Johansen Skovsted were asked to imagine an alternative future for a historical architectural drawing, presented in the form of a model. Johansen Skovsted were assigned the drawing ‘Untitled 1226’ (1980-1999) by Peter Märkli.  The result is a model which furthers ideas suggested in the drawing. Its proportions and dimensions are… Read More

Alternative Histories: Taka Architects on Peter Märkli

Alternative Histories: Taka Architects on Peter Märkli

Peter Märkli’s sketch of the plan for Haus Kuehnis seems to describe a compact building with a different front and back and interior rooms made specific through spatial divisions, decoration and architectural order. We know Markli’s house – with its stout singular form and enigmatic approach to order and decoration… Read More

Alternative Histories: Mikael Bergquist on Peter Märkli

Alternative Histories: Mikael Bergquist on Peter Märkli

Peter Märkli’s drawing of the House in Sargans has an intriguing combination of a rigorous proportional grid and a sketch-like drawing showing the garden elevation of the house. The actual house was designed in 1983 for the architect’s sister. It was built in situ, in cast concrete. The concrete has… Read More

Conjunction and Incongruity

Conjunction and Incongruity

By Polly Gould

The word archive, meaning both the collection of documents and the building that houses them, is doubled in its meaning and it is not necessarily clear which one precedes the other. Drawing Matter Open Day highlighted in interesting ways the relation of causality between building and drawing as document or… Read More

Peter Märkli: Thinking Drawings

Peter Märkli: Thinking Drawings

By Florian Beigel and Philip Christou

These are an intriguing set of drawings … they are very memorable and have a charm and magic about them. They have a directness, a sense of humour and ease, they make you smile. At first glance they look as if they were done by someone who is untrained, they… Read More