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Twenty years ago, Switzerland celebrated with its national exhibition Expo.02 a new kind of architecture. Hochparterre, a Swiss magazine on architecture, planning and design, is in search for the "Generation Expo.02" – at Holzer Kobler Architekturen and two other Swiss architecture studios.
On September 14, 2019, the museum at Ludwig van Beethoven's birth place opened the new permanent exhibition, presenting a new approach to experiencing Beethoven as an artist and fellow human being in a modern, inspiring and exciting way.
How do you start a new project? – How do you combine the architecture and history of the exhibition venue with the content and scenographic design? – How do you involve the visitors?
To mark Beethoven's birthday in 2020, the museum will be transformed, giving it a new, contemporary appearance. The new design for the permanent exhibition is being worked on with a degree of urgency. The starting point and unique framework is the historic collection of buildings, which has... more
To begin with, I’d like to attempt to define the term periphery. Near to the sites of the projects I will present today is a particular European phenomenon, the Hollowcore as defined by Rem Koolhaas. Amsterdam, Brussels, Dortmund, and Cologne define, more or less, the outer boundaries of a... more
The Humboldt Forum is gigantic. As a consequence, the orientation system inside the building will follow the principles used for public spaces. A uniform architectural corporate design will link the various areas and offerings to one another while creating identities and making the spaces... more
Museums are often perceived as rather antiquated yet the statistics don’t confirm this stereotype since visiting museums is currently the most popular cultural activity in Switzerland. What responsibilities do museums have and in what way do they already fulfil them? In addition to the classical... more
What is architecture?
What can architecture do?
What is your architectural position?
What is your design method?
Documentation of Seminars and Design Workshops
2009 to today (individual booklets)
Peter Behrens School of Arts (PBSA)
Department of Architecture and Design
“If we talk about the scenography of exhibitions, however, we are talking about design with a completely different potency. The scenography is an integral part of the overall concept of the exhibition. The scenography becomes the means by which the aims and the content of the exhibition... more
“The important thing in harrowing locations… is to open up windows for reflection.”
At memorials, the place itself is already a part of the narrative. The courage to leave gaps is necessary. Visitors must have the opportunity to react and interact independently, as Barbara Holzer explains... more
Exhibitions emerge from an interplay between the space and the exhibits. The spatial staging - in scenography as well as in architecture - has an impact on the way people perceive and use it, as Tristan Kobler points out.
"In architecture, beauty is an additional benefit that is there for everyone."
Tristan Kobler talks about his currents projects, his understanding of architecture, and its power and limits.
The spaces we inhabit influence how we act and how we feel. Architects and urban planners create the constructed worlds that people consciously or unconsciously accept, the places where they spend and enjoy their time. But in just the same way, spaces can emerge that are uninviting, that... more