瑞士莲巧克力之家：层叠的圆 / Christ & Gantenbein
Christ & Gantenbein is a leading architectural practice based in Basel,
Switzerland. Interested in the sustainability of form, their landmark projects
mix the ancient and the modern in beguiling ways. The firm’s haptic
approach unexpectedly challenges materials, using them in a sensitive yet
Founded in 1998 by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein, the studio
staffs a team of ca. 50 architects. Their award-winning large scale
renovations and expansions of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich and
the Kunstmuseum Basel cemented their position as builders of cultural
spaces. Housing schemes in Paris (ongoing) and in Munich (2018), a mixeduse tower in Basel (2016), a flexible office building in Germany (ongoing),
the Lindt & Sprüngli “Home of Chocolate” near Zurich (ongoing) – and the
recently won competition for the extension of the University Hospital in
Zurich, testimony of the versatility of their approach and their interest in
handling a variety of programs and sites.
Since graduating from the ETH Zurich in 1998, Emanuel Christ and
Christoph Gantenbein have taught at the ETH Studio Basel (2000–2005),
the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (2004, 2006, 2009), the Oslo
School of Architecture and Design (2008), ETH Zurich (2010–2015), as well
as at Harvard GSD (2015 – 2017). Since 2018, they are Full-Professors of
Architecture and Design at the ETH Zurich.
Their previous publications include «Pictures from Italy. Review No. I»
(Park Books, 2011), «Christ & Gantenbein. Around the Corner» (Hatje
Cantz, 2012), «Typology. Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Buenos Aires,
Zürich. Review No. II» (Park Books, 2012) and «Typology. Paris, Delhi, São
Paulo, Athens. Review No. III» (Park Books, 2015). The work of Christ &
Gantenbein is featured in the monographs a+u 535 (2015), 2G N°68 (2014).
In 2018 Christ & Gantenbein received the Deezen «Architect of the Year»
Award, in recognition of their «substantial body of work and mature
portfolio». Further distinctions include the 2018 Wieneberger Brick Award,
the Design Miami/Panerai Visionary Award won by the firm in 2017, the
best architect 18 – Gold Prize (2017), best architects 17 Award, the Essence
Award – Gold Prize as well as the Red Dot Award «Best of the Best» prize
all won in 2016.
In the Spring of 2019 «The Last Act of Design», the first monographic
exhibition of Christ & Gantenbein in Japan, presented the most iconic
buildings so far realized by the practice. The same year, the studio
contributed pieces to “The Poetics of Reason”, 5th edition of the Lisbon
Architecture Triennale. In 2017 the practice was invited to contribute to the
Chicago Architecture Biennale, while in the previous year it participated in
the 15th Venice Biennale «Reporting from the Front».