Raphael Zuber and Christoph Gantenbein
Friday 04 May 2012, Dundee Contemporary Arts

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Since the exhibtion ‘Teaching Architecture: 3 positions made in Switzerland’ and the subsequent publication of the accompanying award winning books, ‘Important Buildings’ by Raphael Zuber and ‘Hong Kong Typology’ and ‘Pictures from Italy’ by Christ & Gantenbein’, it has become evident that the conception of their architectural ideas are influenced by careful and detailed observation of existing buildings. Extensive travel has exposed them to a variety of exemplary buildings the study of which has focused their ability to decipher rich architectural configurations and to make precise personal judgements in the designs they create. In this lecture both architects will present plans and photographs of a building that has been important to them personally. Using the two examples as a starting point the following discussion will examine the general qualities of buildings through the shared lens of architectural principles, personal preferences and experience.

Raphael Zuber studied architecture until 2001 at ETH Zurich. In 2003 he opened his own practice in Chur. His first major building is the schoolhouse in Grono. His articles and works have been published in several journals including 2G, Quaderns and Werk Bauen und Wohnen. He taught as a guest lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in 2006 and as a guest professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana in 2009.

Christoph Gantenbein established Christ & Gantenbein with Emanuel Christ in 1998. Together with their four associates and a team of 35 architects, they work on a wide range of projects: from private assignments, renovation of historic buildings to housing, office buildings and bridges as well as large scale masterplans. After many teaching assignments in Switzerland and abroad, Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein took up professorships at the ETH Zurich in 2010.