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Baumeister B8/13 curated by Christ & Gantenbein

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Christ & Gantenbein is one of the most fascinating architectural offices in Switzerland. The office based in Basel became famous almost overnight with their design for the Kunstmuseum in Basel, where they were selected ahead of Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, Rafael Moneo, Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel. Since then, Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein have continued to make their mark with exciting architectural highlights, for example in their work on the Swiss National Museum in Zurich or the office buildings of Roche Pharma in Grenzach-Wyhlen.

The issue of Baumeister curated by Christ & Gantenbein marks the launch of our Curated series, and provides us with insights into their way of thinking and their architectural roots. In one article, they reference 52 projects from antiquity to the modern era to illustrate which buildings have had the greatest impact on their work.

Please note: Unfortunately, this issue is no longer available as a print version, but can be purchased as an ePaper (only in german language).

Contents, Baumeister B08/13, curated by Christ & Gantenbein

Profile: Christ & Gantenbein

Emanuel Christ, born in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland

Christoph Gantenbein, born in 1971 in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Christ & Gantenbein was founded in Basel by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein in 1998. Both partners studied at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich from 1991 to 1998, where they graduated under Hans Kollhoff. The pair have also been visiting professors at the ETH since 2010.

One of the office’s main areas of activity is museum architecture, and its projects include the Kunstmuseum in Basel and the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. Their architecture is monolithic and serene with strictly structured forms. The confrontation between old and new is also a constant theme in their work.

Portrait photo Christ & Gantenbein: Markus Jans

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