2G N.68 Christ & Gantenbein
Philip Ursprung y otros
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For years, Switzerland has held a privileged position in the panorama of international architecture. The country (one of the richest in the world) boasts an excellent network of architecture schools, a modern architectural culture with a long tradition, a powerful publishing industry and excellent conditions for carrying out the profession. Therefore, it is not surprising that in recent years Switzerland has produced figures of the stature of Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Zumthor and Peter Märkli, or the younger Valerio Olgiati and Christian Kerez.
Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein belong to a generation of architects who started their studio at the end of the 1990s and began to build during the turn-of-the-century boom. In their work, the powerful Swiss tradition (both with regard to the use of typologies as well as materials) is enriched thanks to new geographic, economic and technical possibilities. Their work encompasses small domestic interventions (such as the enlargement of a mansion in Harlesheim or a garden pavilion in Basel), passing through various residential and office buildings, until reaching two important interventions in national museums: the Landesmuseum of Zúrich and the Kuntsmuseum of Basel.
The selection of works and projects is accompanied by texts from Swiss historian Philip Ursprung, Portuguese architect Diogo Seixas Lopes and French critic Éric Lapierre. The nexus section includes a text and photographs by the architects themselves regarding a trip to Italy and an academic study about typologies of the ordinary in four cities: Hong Kong, Rome, New York and Buenos Aires.