Komplex: company magazine

Komplex 2019

Following the launch of komplex-magazin.ch, the twelfth issue of the print magazine is now available in a completely new look. The new publication provides more space for in-depth articles and illustrations and allows us to look even more closely at all kinds of topics around construction. Content-wise, KOMPLEX sticks to proven journalistic forms and upholds the authors' views, be it Stefan Zweifel's «psychogeographic self-experiment», Joris Van Wezemael's draft of a new competition system, Chantal de Segner's interview with the Geneva real estate developer Abdallah Chatila or Balz Halter's contribution to internal consolidation.


Seit 2019 erscheint KOMPLEX auch als digitales Magazin. Die Publikation beschäftigt sich mit Fragestellungen zu den Themen Stadtentwicklung, Architektur, Immobilien und Kapital, Planen und Bauen. Die vielfältige Berichterstattung in Form von Reportagen, Interviews, Sachbeiträgen und Kolumnen soll einen Beitrag zum aktuellen Diskurs leisten. Zu den Mitarbeitern gehören namhafte Autoren, Experten und Branchen-Insider sowie Fotografen, Illustratoren und Filmemacher aus dem In- und Ausland.

100 years of Halter: Jubilee publication


The book covering the first 100 years of Halter is a chronicle that tells the story of the company over the past century in text and pictures and is the work of historians Sabine von Fischer and Monika Burri. The middle section of the book contains an essay by architect and journalist Martin Tschanz on Zurich's urban planning history accompanied by a series of images by photographer Thomas Madörin. In the third and final part of the publication, readers will find an interview with Balz Halter on the one-hundred-year history of the family-owned company.

Komplex 2018

Digitization, the common thread running through this year’s issue of the magazine, is a topic currently causing upheavals in many sections of the real estate industry. The stories on the digital 3D model of the Limmatstadt (the conurbation between Zurich and Baden), the digital architectural competition for the vanBaerle project, digital planning and building as well as a rundown of digital real estate financing platforms are impressive examples of this development. We also focus on the completion of the Mall of Switzerland, the country's second-largest shopping centre. To mark Halter's centenary year, Komplex 2018 furthermore contains excerpts from the company's history.

Komplex 2017

One theme runs throughout all the contributions: transformation, in the sense of the active initiation of palpable change. One example of this is the conversion of the depot into a hybrid urban element. In our interview, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels explains the strategic and philosophical considerations behind his work. A series of photographs and an essay about the art project at the Attisholz complex near Solothurn deal with the transformation from industrial wasteland to creative offspace. A further topic is digitalization, which is generating far-reaching change in the property business.

Komplex 2016

Projects involving existing buildings are considered from various perspectives. Sacha Menz illustrates various approaches to transforming existing buildings. The mayor of Bern, Alexander Tschäppät, talks about politics, architecture, residential building and his future. Florian Revaz shows the extent to which the real estate market in French-speaking Switzerland is affected by the shortage of residential property and the region's development potential. And, finally, when faith comes first: Isaac Schapira, an orthodox Jew and real estate investor, gives us an insight into his life

Komplex 2015

In our feature interview, Fitz Schumacher looks back on a career lasting over 20 years as head of building and public works for the canton of Basel. The opening of the Europaplatz Centre in Bern is a good reason to consider the subject of hybrid buildings from an architectural and historical perspective. Raimund Rodewald of the Foundation for Natural Conservation Switzerland states his position on the Rhytech project in Neuhausen on the Rhine Falls. A highlight of this edition is a series of unusual views of Zurich by photographer Joël Tettamanti.

Komplex 2014

Architecture, urban development, real estate and the market, planning and building: external writers and internal specialists explore and give their opinions on this issue's main topics. In his article, Lars Thomsen, founder and Chief Futurist at future matters, innovation and future research (Zurich), takes a look at trends in areas such as work, communication, mobility, energy and urban development. Martin Vesper, CEO of digitalSTROM explains how a networked house works and how to control it using intelligent keys, a smartphone and computer.

Komplex 2013

In the interview Kees Christiaanse, architect and Professor of Urban Development at Zurich's Federal Institute of Technology, talks about Swiss development planning and the Desakota zoning phenomenon. From market to mega mall: since the beginning of commerce, places where we buy goods have been not only a means to an end but also social gathering points. In his contribution, political scientist Michael Hermann makes the case for a "City on the River Limmat" in the Zurich/Baden region while urban nomad Benedikt Loderer considers whether the cost of living in the area is reasonable.

Komplex 2012

In the interview, Professor Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani reflects on the difference between urban visions and beautiful cities. Another article looks at the significance of city squares over the centuries. Our new Planning & Building column looks at two topics of interest: which seals of quality are good and for what reasons; and the most important aspects of energy concepts for entire sites. You will also find inspiring articles on architecture, urban development, real estate and finances. Take a look at Komplex 2012: it's worth it.

Komplex 2011

Designer Alfredo Häberli talks to hotel specialist Christoph Hoffmann about his first hotel. Limmatfeld now has a development by the name of "Our little town": its very varied architecture is attracting a wide range of tenants. Markus Mettler, CEO of Halter Inc., explains how the role of the general contracting company has changed and continues to change. This and other articles on the topics of architecture, real estate, urban development, technology and finances can be found in Komplex 2011.

Komplex 2010

Regula Lüscher, Director of Urban Development in Berlin, talks about the differences between urban planning in Berlin and Zurich. High-rise living is back: the story of a development. And, thanks to components from BS2 (passive housing specialists), the IUCN's new building in Gland holds LEED Platinum and Minergie-P-Eco-Standard ratings. This and other articles on the topics of architecture, real estate, urban development, technology and finances can be found in KOMPLEX 2010.

Komplex 2009

Retiring Zurich city councillor Kathrin Martelli explains in the interview why the quality of life in Zurich is so high and shows that it would be fair to describe the Zurich-West district as the dynamo behind the city's development. Also: Thomas Held on the renaissance of regional development planning, the expansion of Halter's affiliate mivune into Dubai and a historic review of the terraced house. These and other contributions on the subjects of architecture, real estate, urban development, technology and finances in KOMPLEX 2009.

Komplex 2008

Schlieren in flux: the former industrial location is in search of a new identity. Municipal engineer Manuel Peer presents the new development concept. Also: how digitalSTROM and other new technologies are changing our lives; the latest developments in real estate branding; and how new markets for investors are being opened up thanks to PPP. The first issue of HALTER's KOMPLEX magazine addressing the topics of architecture, real estate, urban development, technology and finance can be ordered online.