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
Architectural Director, Buzzi studio d’architettura, Locarno
Writer and postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zurich
Architect, mijong architecture design, Sion and Zurich
Architect, Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich
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.
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.