House of Switzerland: A Dictionary of Elements (Paperback)
The House of Switzerland is a mobile building that serves as the official visitors’ center for Switzerland at major international events. Following its debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the building went on to serve events in Zurich, Milan, and Rio de Janeiro.
This book takes a close look at the architectural and design challenges presented by a building that has to be mobile, accessible, and visually striking. Drawing on materials from the planning process conducted by Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the architectural firm Spillmann Echsle Architects, which built the house together with Ortreport, the book presents a dictionary of all elements in the building set for the house, illustrated with images and plans rendered with rich technical detail. A discussion between the key figures involved in the project rounds out the book, exploring the process of creating such an iconic representation of a nation abroad.
About the Author
Christoph Wieser is a Swiss architectural critic and researcher.
Spillmann Echsle Architects was founded in 2002 by Annette Spilmann and Harald Echsle.
Ortreport is a collective founded by Katrin Murbach and Fabian Jaggi, specializing in site-specific research and interventions.
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