Portrait EM2N

EM2N strives to open up to the diverse dynamism of the city and its inhabitants, to appreciate the qualities of its past and to continue the present self-confidently. In doing this we trust that, thanks to the means and collective knowledge it possesses, architecture can arrive at its specific form, also in the present day. As EM2N accepts the complexity of contemporary society and the city with a sceptical optimism and makes this an integral part of its architectural work, we represent a kind of idealistic pragmatism. We do not respond to our built environment’s permanent state of crisis with either irony or drama but rather by taking a cool look at what actually exists.

The architecture practice EM2N, with offices in both Zurich and Berlin, was founded by Mathias Müller (*1966) and Daniel Niggli (*1970) in 1997 and

is currently working together with 80 collaborators on projects in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. 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).


Roughly one half of the projects are conversions. Their important recent construction projects include the Heuried Sports Centre in Zurich (2017), the Housing Riedpark

in Zug (2016), 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, Cultural Centre KANAL – Centre Pompidou in Brussels (since 2017), the Quartier Heidestrasse, Commercial area in Berlin (since 2016), the New Museum

of Natural History Basel and State Archives Basel-City (since 2015) and the Zellweger Parc, Plot D in Uster (since 2014).


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
8005 Zurich


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
Brunnenstraße 9
10119 Berlin


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



VAT number DE302400665


Contact Brussels

Atelier Kanal architects bvba
12 Square Sainctelette
1000 Brussels


T +32 2 588 16 00




VAT number BE0699768490


Media enquiries
T +41 44 215 60 38