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16th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
26 May - 25 Nov 2018
General Information
Left to right: Li Tavor, Ani Vihervaara, Matthew van der Ploeg and Alessandro Bosshard. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May 2018 receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The 16th International Architecture Exhibition takes place in Venice from 26 May to 25 November 2018 (Preview May 24th and 25th) at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city. The main exhibition, entitled «Freespace», is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

For the first time, Pro Helvetia chose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation were architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. After a two-phase competition on a selective procedure basis, Pro Helvetia decided to entrust the realization of the Swiss participation in the 16th Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2018 to Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara with their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour» . The exhibition focuses on the unfurnished interior of contemporary housing by celebrating a peculiar form of architectural representation — the «house tour».

The project «Svizzera 240: House Tour» by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation.

Entitled En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline, the «Salon Suisse» 2018 is directed by Marcel Bächtiger, Tim Kammasch and Stanislas Zimmermann, with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti . A programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, the «Salon Suisse» takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​
 
Salon Suisse
Salonnières: Marcel BächtigerTim Kammasch  and Stanislas Zimmermann 
Local Salonnière: Laura Tinti 
Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

The Salon Suisse offers a series of lectures, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion. Curated by architectural historian Marcel Bächtiger, cultural theorist Tim Kammasch and architect Stanislas Zimmermann with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti, this year’s programme is an invitation to a journey. If architecture is an island within the archipelago of the artistic and scientific disciplines, then the Salon is a ship that has left the harbour. From foreign shores, we will look back at architecture and explore its cultural and social relevance today.

Global economic interdependencies affect the existence of every individual; the complexities of transnational power and decision-making undermine democracy and civic engagement; the dizzying pace of digitalisation is redefining human beings and their living environment. Inevitably, these phenomena also affect the self-concept of architecture and architects. The traditional role of architecture as built expression of society seems to become increasingly marginalised. Is “architecture” merely a dazzling disguise of realities that it can no longer in influence nor shape? Do architects find themselves degraded to being vicarious agents of an anonymous real estate market? What social and cultural significance can the built environment have under these circumstances? And what would a culture that deserves being called ‘human’ look like architecturally?

In the long history of architecture, such moments have always proved most fruitful when the discourse opened up to ideas, insights and inventions from other disciplines. Today, it is time to set sail again. On our journey, we will encounter philosophers and anthropologists, writers, musicians and artists, comparatists and social researchers. By discussing their work and its link to architecture, the Salon Suisse will open new perspectives, not only on the potentials of architecture in the 21st century, but also on hidden connections that have always existed among the different disciplines. At the Palazzo Trevisan, we will revive the Enlightenment idea of the “Salon” as a place for cultivated, informative conversations and convivial, sociable exchange. Each soirée is also a cultural event: a concert, a lecture or a performance; a tangible sensory experience that will initiate conversation between the audience and our guests, all of them present over the whole length of a salon.

The «Salon Suisse» programme features an opening event on 24 May followed by three subsequent weekends of events, taking place in the evenings at 6.30 pm from Thursday to Saturday.

Salon One: Opening event on 24 May 2018 at 6.30 pm
Salon Two: 13 September to15 September 2018
Salon Three: 2 October to 6 October 2018
Salon Four: 22 November to 24 November 2018

Please find the «Salon Suisse» Booklet here.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG

Collaborator of «Salon Suisse» 2018 is Bern University of Applied Sciences
 
Opening of Salon Suisse 2018
Swiss Pavilion
Installation view of “Svizzera 240: House Tour” at the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is delighted to announce the presentation of «Svizzera 240: House Tour», a project by Alessandro Bosshard , Li Tavor , Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara, at the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The exhibition focuses on the unfurnished interior of contemporary housing by celebrating a peculiar form of architectural representation — the «house tour». 

Image: «Svizzera 240: House Tour» © Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara. Photo: Milena Buchwalder

 
Events
past event
25 May 2018 2:30 PM
Official Opening of the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland
Official Opening of the exhbition at the Swiss Pavilion: «Svizzera 240: House Tour», a project by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara

Location: Pavilion of Switzerland, Giardini della Biennale
 
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24 May 2018 6:30 PM
«Salon Suisse» One: Opening Event
The «Salon Suisse», organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and running concomitantly to the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland, is one of Switzerland’s official contributions to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Consisting of a series of lectures, talks and cultural events, it provides an opportunity to explore architecture in a stimulating atmosphere.

Salon Suisse One: Embarking on a journey

If architecture is an island in the archipelago of artistic and scientific disciplines, then the Salon is the ship that leaves the safe haven. The embarkation is a solemn affair: words of welcome are offered, speeches delivered, clement weather and friendly winds are wished upon the voyagers. Before the departure, exotic songs emanate from the ship’s belly. Times may be difficult, one of the expedition leaders calls to the passengers, but our journey is full of hope. In the long history of architecture, moments like these have always proved most productive, because its discourse opened up to the ideas, insights and inventions of other sciences and arts. Today it is time again to broaden the horizon, hoist sails and set out to foreign shores.


Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
 
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24 May 2018 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
“Open House in a Closed Society” – A guided tour and conversation with the project team in the Swiss Pavilion
Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, 1 December 2017. Left to right, Ani Vihervaara, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Matthew van der Ploeg. Photo by Christian Beutler KEYSTONE
The Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich invites you to  “Open House in a Closed Society” – A guided tour and conversation with the project team in the Swiss Pavilion on the occasion of “Svizzera 240”, Thursday, 24 May 2018, 4.30-6 pm 
 
The design of housing is the most common activity of architects. 240cm is the standard height of a Swiss apartment. How does the design of spaces for living resonate with the conditions that lay beyond the immediate task at hand, such as politics, borderlines, and concepts of the private, the public and the common? 
 
With Alessandro Bosshard, Francesca Hughes, Momoyo Kaijima, Alex Lehnerer, John Macarthur, Claudia Perren, Matthew van der Ploeg, Martino Stierli, Isa Stürm, Li Tavor, Martha Thorne, Jan de Vylder, Ani Vihervaara, and others.
 
Introduction by Philip Ursprung, Dean of the Department of Architecture and moderated by Adam Jasper

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Das Departement Architektur der ETH Zürich lädt ein zu Tag der offenen Tür in einer Geschlossenen Gesellschaft – Eine Wohnungsbesichtigung und ein Gespräch mit dem Projektteam im Schweizer Pavillon aus Anlass von „Svizzera 240“ am Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018, 4.30-6pm.

Der Entwurf von Wohnungen ist die Hauptaufgabe von Architekten. 240cm ist die Standardhöhe von Wohnungen in der Schweiz. Wie hängt die Gestaltung von Wohnraum zusammen mit Themen, die darüber hinausgehen wie Politik, Grenzziehung, dem Privaten, Öffentlichen und Gemeinen? 
 
Mit Alessandro Bosshard, Francesca Hughes, Momoyo Kaijima, Alex Lehnerer, John Macarthur, Claudia Perren, Matthew van der Ploeg, Martino Stierli, Isa Stürm, Li Tavor, Martha Thorne, Jan de Vylder, Ani Vihervaara, und anderen.
 
Einführung von Philip Ursprung, Vorsteher, Department Architektur. Moderiert von Adam Jasper
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24 May 2018 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Media Conference at the Swiss Pavilion: «Svizzera 240: House Tour»
Media conference on the exhibition «Svizzera 240: House Tour», a project by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara

Please find the invitation to the media conference and the accrediation form here.

Location: Pavilion of Switzerland, Giardini della Biennale
News
06 Jun 2018
Look back at the opening of "Salon Suisse 2018" with Salonier Marcel Bächtiger now on Hochparterre

For our German readers: Marcel Bächtiger, one of the four Saloniers of this year’s “Salon Suisse”, has written about the “Salon Suisse” opening which took place in Venice on Thursday 24 May 2018. Read "Aus dem Leben eines Saloniers, 1. Teil” on the website of our media partner Hochparterre, check it out here

The “Salon Suisse” programme, initiated by Pro Helvetia, will continue from 13 to 15 September 2018 at Palazzo Trevisan Degli Ulivi.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​

 
29 May 2018
Salon Suisse 2018 opening
 
27 May 2018
«Svizzera 240: House Tour»
Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara speak about their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour», the Swiss participation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion.
 
26 May 2018
Left to right: Matthew van der Ploeg, Paolo Baratta, Marianne Burki, Rachele Maistrello, Ani Vihervaara, Milena Buchwalder, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Sandi Paucic. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
 
28 Mar 2018
Left to right: This year’s Salonniers Stanislas Zimmermann, Tim Kammasch, Marcel Bächtiger with local Salonnière Laura Tinti, Venice, 2018.

The «Salon Suisse»: «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline»

This year’s «Salon Suisse» will present «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline» by architectural historian Marcel Bächtiger, cultural theorist Tim Kammasch, and architect Stanislas Zimmermann with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti.

The events will tackle the importance of the disciplines bordering architecture, such as art, film, literature, urbanism, philosophy. Using the metaphor of a sailing expedition which stops in different islands (i.e. disciplines), the «Salon Suisse» hopes to open up the discourse surrounding the architecture of the 21st century.

 
19 Mar 2018
Roadshow: Switzerland’s contributions to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, 1 December 2017. Left to right, Ani Vihervaara, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Matthew van der Ploeg. Photo by Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Tuesday 27 March 2018, at 7.30 pm
Teatro dell’architettura, Via Turconi 25, Mendrisio


The Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Pro Helvetia and the Ticino section of SIA (Swiss society of engineers and architects) are pleased to invite you to take part in a discussion about the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The Swiss contribution to the Architecture Biennale is considered one of the most important initiatives in the field of contemporary culture and building construction. For the first time this year, Pro Helvetia selected a project based on an open call of 81 architectural submissions.

Pro Helvetia and SIA will present and discuss «Svizzera 240: House Tour» – the nominated project, which looks at contemporary housing – in a roadshow across Switzerland. After events in Basel and Lausanne, we will visit Mendrisio next. The event is free and open to all.

Participants: Architects of «Svizzera 240: House Tour» Alessandro Bosshard and Matthew van der Ploeg; Riccardo Blumer, Director of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture; Stefano Tibiletti, Vice- Presidente at SIA Ticino; Francesco Buzzi, President at FAS Ticino and owner of Buzzi architectural studio in Locarno; and Marianne Burki, Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia.