Architecture Without Content

15. The Difficult Double

The culture of architecture is based on misunderstandings and tweaked stories. Bad reading, simplification and superficial interpretation of something far away, both in space and time, has been the engine of quite many of the avant-gardes of the recent past. 

For this course we invited a generation of architects to confront themselves with their ‘ancestors’. Each of the authors was asked to show an appropriated fragment of cultural history. Both author and fragment compose a ‘double portrait’, a ‘difficult duo’ that tells more about the project of the one invited than a simple office presentation would do. The totality of these micro stories will inevitably create an alternative history, an accumulated set of cultural knowledge.

1. Emmanuel Christ (Christ & Gantenbein) / Hans Poelzig

Mo 02.03.2015, 5.00 pm

Emanuel Christ was born in Basel in 1970. He studied architecture
at ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne and HdK Berlin. In 1998, he
established his own office with Christoph Gantenbein. From 2000 to
2005, he worked as a Senior Assistant at the ETH Studio Basel. He
was a guest professor at various architecture institutes: Robert
Gordon University in Aberdeen, Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio,
the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and since 2010 he has
been an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design in the
Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Christ & Gantenbein work
on a wide range of projects, ranging from private assignments,
renovation of historic buildings to housing and office buildings, as well
as big scale urban masterplans, while one of the main focal points
remains museum architecture.


2. Oliver Thill (Kempe Thill) / Heinrich Tessenow

Mo 16.03.2015, 6.30pm   

Oliver Thill (1971) graduated at the Technical University in Dresden.
In 2000, together with Andre Kempe, he established Atelier Kempe Thill
in Rotterdam. Kempe Thill is specialized in public building, housing and
urban planning. The firm has constructed, among other projects, the
HipHouse in Zwolle, a museum building in Veenhuizen, town houses in
Amsterdam-Osdorp, terraced houses in Roosendaal, a housing block in
Amsterdam and the City Hall in Heinkenszand. The construction of a
social housing block in Paris is underway, and the firm recently won a
competition for Maritime Academy in Antwerp. Thill was lecturing at TU
Delft, Academie van Bouwkunst in both Arnhem and Rotterdam and
Berlage Institute. Since 2014 he has been appointed as a visiting
professor at EPFL.



3. Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan / Peter Märkli

Mo 23.03.2105, 5.00 pm

Oliver Lütjens and Thomas Padmanabhan both worked for offices of
Diener & Diener and Meili Peter, before setting up their own office in
Zurich in 2007. Lütjens and Padmanabhan were teaching at ETH
Zurich with, respectively, Adam Caruso and Peter Märkli. They are
currently teaching as guest professors at Technical University of
Munich. The work of Lütjens Padmanabhan Architects focuses on
housing in the residential districts surrounding the cities of Zurich,
Basel and Munich, and ‘explores the impossible task of reconciling the
autonomy of the exterior façade with the typological uncertainty of
interior spaces and loose urban contexts.’ Their recent built work
includes Doppelhaus in Zurich, and an apartment building in Basel.

4. Wilfried Kuehn (Kuehn Malvezzi) / Carlo Mollino

Mo 20.042015, 5.00 pm

Wilfried Kuehn was born in Hamburg in 1967. He studied architecture
at Politecnico di Milano and Technical University of Lisbon. In 2001, he
co-founded an office in Berlin with Simona Malvezzi and Johannes
Kuehn. The main focus of Kuehn Malvezzi has been exhibition design
and museum architecture, but also housing and public space design.
Among their projects are scenography for Documenta 11, exhibition
space for the Julia Stoschek Collection in Duesseldorf, museum extension
for the Flick Collection in Berlin, Joseph Pschorr Haus building in Munich
and adaptations of numerous contemporary and historic art collections,
including Museum Belvedere in Vienna, Liebieghaus in Frankfurt and the
Berggruen Collection in Berlin. Their projects have been shown
internationally in solo and group exhibitions, amongst others at the 10th
and the 13th Architecture Biennial in Venice and at Manifesta 7 in Trento.
Wilfried Kuehn is also a professor of exhibition design and curatorial practice
at HfG Karlsruhe.


5. Wonne Ickx (PRODUCTORA) / Ricardo Legorreta

Mo 27.04.2015, 5.00pm

Wonne Ickx (Antwerp, 1974) studied civil engineering and architecture
at the Univeristy of Ghent, Belgium and the ETSAM in Madrid, Spain.
He continued his studies with a Masters degree in Urban Studies form
the Center for Metropolitian Stuidies (CEMET) at the University of
Guadalajara, Mexico. He worked several years at Neutelings Riedijk
in Rotterdam and at Fernando Romero in Mexico City. In 2006 he founded
his own studio PRODUCTORA in Mexico City, together with Abel Perles,
Carlos Bedoya and Victor Jaime. PRODUCTORA has received numerous
national and international prizes and recognitions. Recently they were
selected as ‘emerging voice 2013’ by the Architectural League of New York.
Wonne Ickx has been teaching architecture and urbanism at the Universidad
Iberoamericana, Universidad La Salle and Centro de Diseno in Mexico City
and as a visiting professor in UCLA, Los Angeles in 2012. He is founding
director of LIGA, Space for Architecture, Mexico City, and is part of the editorial
board of Arquine since 2010.


6. Go Hasegawa / Kazunari Sakamoto

Monday 27th April 6.30pm

Go Hasegawa (Saitama, 1977) studied at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
He completed his masters in architecture in 2002, after which he worked at
the Taira Nishizawa Architects office until 2004. In 2005 he established his
own office in Tokyo. He lectured at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the
Tokyo University of Science, and the Hosei University. He was visiting professor
at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. His works include the 2006 House
in Forest (Nagano), which won the 2007 Grand Prix Tokyo Gas House Design
Competition, and the Gold Prize in Residential Architecture Award; House in
Sakuradai (Mie), House in Sangen-jaya (Tokyo), House in Ageo Saitama and
an apartment in Okachimachi. Hasegawa exhibited at the Chengdu Biennale
(2001), Toto Gallery in Tokyo, Venice Biennale (2012) and AEDES gallery in