for Architecture and Education



Eight houses for the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Saturday 08 until Thursday 13 November 2014, Whitespace Edinburgh


ISLAND presents new and original house designs by Angela Deuber, Pascal Flammer, Christ & Gantenbein, Neil Gillespie, Johannes Norlander, Raumbureau and Raphael Zuber. Following a series of discussions and events the AE Foundation has invited each architect to design a house for real clients living or moving to the Isle of Harris. The speculative designs have been produced to provoke architects, the Hebridean people and the wider community to re-imagine how we might live in this particular environment.

The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom
Reiach & Hall Architects

Angela Deuber studied and graduated architecture at the ETH in Zurich. Her career took her to the canton of Grisons, where she runs her own architectural office in the city of Chur. She makes buildings, exhibitions and she does lecturing and reviews. Currently she is visiting professor at the Accademia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway.

Pascal Flammer studied at the ETH Zurich, Lausanne and at the TU in Delft. He has traveled extensively and opened his practice in 2005 and has won several national and international awards. Pascal gained his experience through his time at Valerio Olgiati, where he worked from 1998 until 2005. He has taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, the GSD at Harvard University and at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and at the ETH Zurich.

Christ & Gantenbein was established in 1998. Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein together with six associates and team of thirty-five architects work on a wide range of projects from private commissions, renovation of historic buildings to housing, office buildings, bridges and large scale urban masterplans. After many teaching positions in Switzerland and abroad, both accepted professorships at the ETH Zurich in 2010 and have published several books on their work and teaching.

Neil Gillespie is design director of Reiach and Hall Architects who are based in Edinburgh. Reiach and Hall Architects were founded in the late 1960s and continues to pursue a modernism that is based on contemporary practice while attempting to root itself in traditions that stem from a more local culture and practice. Neil is also a Visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen and an academician of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Johannes Norlander qualified from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture in Stockholm. He is best known for Villa Alta, which received several awards and attention in Sweden and internationally. The house is located in Nacka, just outside Stockholm and has been called naive post-minimalism. He is also known for his furniture for which he has won among other awards, the Bruno Mathsson prize. His most well known pieces are chairs Dartanjang and Waiter.

Raumbureau was established by Rolf Jenni and Tom Weiss in 2009. They both studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Biel and urbanism at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. They have taught at the ETH Zurich and currently teach at the University of Applied Sciences in Zürich and Basel. They explore architecture and its relationship with the city by means of a common and rational language with an emphasis on producing public works.

Raphael Zuber studied at ETH Zurich from 1996 to 2001. In 2003 he opened his own office in Chur. His first building is the schoolhouse Grono, completed in 2011. His projects include the ethnographic museum Neuchâtel, office building in Monte Carasso and the University Campus in Mendrisio. He has taught at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, ETH Zurich and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.