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EUROPA 2: GERMANY + SWITZERLAND

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Hear from architecture practices Brandlhuber+, BeL, Christ & Gantenbein and Sauter von Moos at the RIBA.

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Arno Brandlhuber is an architect and urban designer, and founder of Berlin based, Brandlhuber+. Brandlhuber’s cultural practice reaches beyond architecture and urbanism in order to politicise issues of private and collective property, sustainable economy and social cooperation.

Projects include the Haus Brunnenstrasse 9, the Antivilla, and St. Agnes. Antivilla, the refurbished former German Democratic Republic lingerie factory, southwest of Berlin, questions the relationship between building regulations and standards, energy efficiency together with the idea re-use and adaptive living. Arno Brandlhuber teaches at several universities and colleges and has been included in the 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th and 15th Architecture Biennale.

BeL was founded in 2000 by Anne-Julchen Bernhardt and Jörg Leeser. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt (*1971) is an architect and professor at the RWTH Aachen University for building typologies. Jörg Leeser (*1967) is an architect based in Cologne and professor at Wuppertal University and is now Professor of Urban Context at PBSA Düsseldorf.

BeL has received numerous awards, among them the Kunstpreis Baukunst of the Berlin Academy of the Arts. The office’s work covers a broad variety of projects. The office has completed penthouse, department store and warehouse conversions into housing, a self-build base-and-infill apartment building, a production plant and among others several private houses. BeL works on all scales from furniture to regional planning.

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Over the last two decades, a broad range of commissions has given shape to Christ & Gantenbein‘s growing body of work. Award-winning projects such as the renovations and extensions to the Kunstmuseum in Basel (2016) and the Swiss National Museum in Zurich (2016), as well as the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne (ongoing) have strengthen the office‘s expertise in the development of museum buildings. Housing schemes in Paris and Germany, as well as the Lindt Chocolate Competence Centre in Switzerland are, among others, currently on the drawing board.

Since graduating from the ETH Zurich in 1998, and establishing the office in the same year, Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein maintain a balance between their professional and academic activity. They have taught at the ETH Studio Basel (2000–2005), Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (2004-2009) and the ETH Zurich (2010–2015). Research conducted in this period culminated in the two monographs Typology (Park Books, 2012, 2015). Since 2015 they teach at Harvard GSD.

Sauter von Moos is an architecture studio established in Basel, Switzerland, in 2010, by Florian Sauter and Charlotte von Moos. The studio engages in work on all scales, both in theory and practice. Aiming for places of authenticity, their architecture of the in-between seeks for unique spatial responses to each specific task and situation with the goal to create discrete backgrounds for life.

Amongst their best-known projects are the House with a Tree (Basel, 2013) that received the Swiss Architecture Award in 2015, the competition entry for a Natural History Museum and City Archive (Basel, 2014) and several pivotal exhibition contributions (e.g. Sonsbeek ready-made, Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2017). Besides their practical activities, both partners have been engaged in teaching and research, amongst others at ETH Zurich, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio and Harvard GSD. As co-editors and authors they have published a series of books including Earth Water Air Fire (Actar, 2014) and achtung: die Landschaft (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015), while Painting the Sky Black: Louis Kahn and the Architectonization of Nature (de Gruyter Open) is forthcoming this year.

This event is part of the EUROPA – Connecting Ideas Across Borders talks series.

The EUROPA Talks Series is generously supported by L.K.E. Ozolins and The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts. Additional support has been providing by The Danish Embassy and TAP.

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