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2018 | Venice Architecture
23 Mar 2017
Architecture Biennale 2018: Discover the five projects selected for the second round

Results of first round in competition for Swiss Pavilion at Architecture Biennale 2018

The Venice Architecture Biennale is universally considered as one of the foremost platforms for architecture and urban design worldwide. With the 16th edition due to open in May 2018, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia launched a competition last December for the design of the Swiss Pavilion at the Biennale.

In the first of two rounds, 81 dossiers were submitted to Pro Helvetia. In accordance with the competition regulations, five of them have been selected for the second round.

The five projects chosen by Pro Helvetia on the basis of recommendation by the jury are the following:

«Competition Culture», a project of Tanya Zein (Dipl. Arch. EPFL/FAS), Jean-Paul Jaccaud (Dipl. Arch. EPFL/FAS) and Simon Lamunière (curator) – Geneva

«No man is an island – shared resources», a project of Corina Ebeling (Dipl. Arch. EPF/SIA), Charles O. Job (MA Urban Design. Dipl. Arch. RIBA), Cornelia Faist (curator, cultural director, MA), Brigitte Lampert (graphic designer, MA, Central Saint Martins) and Katharina Hofer (graphic designer, ZHdK) – Zurich

«Outlaw», a project of Charles Pictet (Dipl. Arch. FAS/SIA) – Geneva

«Schwellenräume des Wohnens», a project of Florian Kessel (Dipl.-Ing. Arch.), Roland Züger (Dipl.-Ing. Arch.), Caspar Schärer (Dipl. Arch. ETH/SIA) and Marcel Bächtiger (Dipl. Arch. ETH) – Zurich

«2:1, Gute Wohnung», a project of Alessandro Bosshard (MSc ETH Arch.), Li Tavor (MSc ETH Arch.) and Matthew Vander Ploeg (M.Arch, UIC) – Zurich

In the first round of the selection procedure, the jury conducted three stages of evaluation, which resulted in five projects remaining in the competition. In stage one, the projects submitted were closely assessed and compared. Each jury member was instructed to personally rate the 81 entries and to pick ten of them for the actual evaluation. Stages two and three consisted of comparing the results and cutting the number of projects retained down to five.

The five projects selected will be presented to the jury in person on 7 April 2017. Prior to the second round of the competition, the candidates involved will be obliged to inform the jurors on project developments by 6 June 2017 at the latest.

Based on the jury’s recommendation, Pro Helvetia will nominate the project chosen for the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 on 30 June 2017.

Composition of the independent jury

Marco Bakker, jury president
Architect, Bakker & Blanc architectes, Lausanne and Zurich
Professor, EPFL ENAC

Francesco Buzzi
Architectural Director, Buzzi studio d’architettura, Locarno

Irina Davidovici
Writer and postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zurich

Céline Guibat
Architect, mijong architecture design, Sion and Zurich

Isa Stürm
Architect, Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich


2017 | Venice Art
10 Mar 2017
Looking back at the Salon Suisse 2016 with Hochparterre: complete trilingual coverage online now!
Over the course of six months, Hochparterre, the official media partner of the Salon Suisse 2016 at the Architecture Biennale, has documented the numerous events and talks at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi! The complete multimedia documentation is now online in German, French and English, check it out here

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG

2016 | Venice Architecture
30 Nov 2016
Out now: TRAILER for the exhibition «Incidental Space» opening on 9 December in Berlin!

The exhibition «Incidental Space» curated by Sandra Oehy is part of the opening of the new Berlin office of Christian Kerez and shows works by Bas Princen und Kaufmann Gehring. More infor here

Bubbling Out Of Nothingness TRAILER from Kaufmann & Gehring on Vimeo.


2016 | Venice Architecture
28 Nov 2016
The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most prominent platforms for architecture and urban planning worldwide. Its 16th edition is due to start in May 2018. For the first time, Pro Helvetia plans to choose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation are architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. Members of a team must be Swiss citizens or else have a clear connection to Switzerland. 
The selection procedure is divided into two stages. In a first round, interested parties can submit a draft of their project via our application portal www.myprohelvetia.ch by 7 February 2017 at the latest. All contributions submitted will be publicly presented at a later date. Further information on criteria, the time schedule and conditions for participation as well as contact details for questions are available at www.myprohelvetia.ch.

Further details can be found in the regulations for the competition (PDF) which are available for download here

2017 | Venice Art
02 Nov 2016
Curator Philipp Kaiser has invited artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove to show their work in the exhibition «Women of Venice»

Curator Philipp Kaiser has invited artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove to show their work in the exhibition «Women of Venice» at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, which aims to explore Alberto Giacometti’s absence in the history of the Swiss Pavilion, will feature new work by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove created specifically for the Biennale di Venezia in reference to the legacy and universe of Alberto Giacometti.


2017 | Venice Art
12 Sep 2016
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia announces title and first details about Philipp Kaiser's project at the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Swiss Pavilion 1952. Swiss Federal Archives, E3001B#1981/132#379*

The exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will be entitled «Women of Venice». New works will be specifically created for the pavilion, which will deal with Alberto Giacometti’s heritage and universe and his absence from the Venice Art Biennale. Giacometti, who lived in Paris, was repeatedly requested to represent Switzerland with an exhibition in Venice, a request that the artist regularly declined, while in 1956, he finally consented to put on display a group of cast figures entitled «Femme de Venise» in the French Pavilion. Curator Philipp Kaiser aims to explore concepts of national identity as well as cultural policy contexts. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Image: The Pavilion of Switzerland at the 26th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, built by Bruno Giacometti in 1951/1952. View into the sculpture room with works by Jakob Probst who was exhibited instead of Alberto Giacometti who declined the invitation.


2016 | Venice Architecture
06 Sep 2016
Salon Suisse presents: opening of Mohamed Abla’s mural painting in Venice
Island of Giudecca, 8 September 2016, 5.00-6.30pm

Appointment for the opening: Vaporetto stop Palanca on Giudecca, Thursday, 8 September at 4.45pm. ACTV Lines 2, 4.1, 4.2

The “Salon Suisse”, a Collateral Event of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, is the delighted to invite you to the opening of the exhibition of a mural painting by renowned Egyptian painter Mohamed Abla. Come and enjoy a very special evening in the company of the artist, who will present his work in relation with the topic of this “Salon Suisse” Let’s build, which concentrates on the notions of self-built, “improvised” and spontaneous architecture.  Mohamed Abla conceived his work at a former shipyard  on the island of Giudecca.

Born in Mansoura, Mohamed Abla has exhibited works in his home country, all over Europe as well as in Cuba. He studied Fine Arts in Egypt and then graphics and sculpture in Zurich, Switzerland, before pursuing his studies in graphics in Austria. In 2007 he founded the Fayoum Art Center and in 2009 a caricature museum in Tunis (Fayoum), the first one of its kind in the Middle East. Mohamed Abla received many awards for his work. He is currently based on an island in the Nile, which provides him with a quiet source of inspiration. 

Address: “Consorzio Venezia Sviluppo, area ex-Lucchese”, Giudecca 604, Venezia

2016 | Venice Architecture
05 Sep 2016
Hochparterre's report about the first Salon Suisse now also available for English and French readers!
«Let’s rediscover»: You can read about the first Salon Suisse now also in English and French, thanks to Hochparterre, its official media partner!

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG

2016 | Venice Architecture
15 Jul 2016
Documentation of the Opening Event of the Salon Suisse 2016 now also available in English and French!
Hochparterre's documentation of the Opening Event of the Salon Suisse 2016 is now also available in French and English!

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG