House Tour

Views of the Unfurnished Interior

On photographs of empty architectural spaces and images of contemporary housing interiors in the world wide web.

The official publication of the Swiss Pavillion at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, winner of the Golden Lion for best national participation.

 

Title Information

Edited by Adam Jasper. A project by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg, and Ani Vihervaara

1st edition

, 2018

Flexicover

168 pages, 204 color and 174 b/w illustrations

20 x 29.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-114-2

Content

Photographs of empty, new apartments are an increasingly common form of architectural representation. Such images constitute a class of their own; the eye-level, interior shot captures the state of the building after it is completed and before it is occupied. House Tour takes you on a visual journey through the architectural interior of contemporary Swiss housing. At first glance, it may seem like there is nothing to see in such pictures—a door or two, some white walls, a parquet floor—but comparing and contrasting these images reveals a new world, a kind of architectural labyrinth with its own norms, its own habits and its own secrets. What are the hidden logics behind this peculiar genre of representation? Sixteen scholars, from architectural historians to anthropologists, survey the landscape of the contemporary interior in an attempt to develop perspectives from which we can understand its topology, its past and its all-consuming present.

With contributions by Ariell Ahearn and Stephen Lezak; Hans-Christian Dany; Michael Hill; Francesca Hughes; Sandy Isenstadt; Emma Jones; Christophe Joud and Lorraine Beaudoin; Claire Lehmann; John Macarthur; Marija Marić; Nicholas de Monchaux; Charles Rice; Martin Steinmann; Georges Teyssot; Matthew van der Ploeg, Ani Vihervaara, Li Tavor, Alessandro Bosshard; and an epilogue by Marianne Burki.

 

The book is the official publication of Svizzera 240: House Tour, the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, winner of the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

Authors & Editors

Ariell Ahearn

Lorraine Beaudoin

Alessandro Bosshard

 is an architect and research assistant at Alex Lehnerer's chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich.

Marianne Burki

 is Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council in Zurich.

Hans-Christian Dany

Michael Hill

Francesca Hughes

Sandy Isenstadt

Adam Jasper

 is a research assistant at ETH Zurich's Institute for the History and Theory of Architecturr (gta).

Emma Jones

Christophe Joud

Claire Lehmann

Stephen Lezak

John Macarthur

Marija Marić

Nicholas de Monchaux

Charles Rice

Martin Steinmann

, born 1942, architect, obtained his PhD in history and theory of architecture at ETH Zurich. He has taught as a visiting professor at MIT, at EPFL in Lausanne, and at various schools of architecture. He has been an editor with archithese magazine 1980-86, and has published widely on modern and contemporary architecture.

Li Tavor

 is a musician and architect and a research assistant at Alex Lehnerer's chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich.

Georges Teyssot

Matthew van der Ploeg

 is an architect and a research assistant at Alex Lehnerer's chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich.

Ani Vihervaara

 is an architect and a research assistant at Alex Lehnerer's chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich.

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Cover

ADP Architekten. Mehrfamilienhaus Breitensteinstrasse. Year: 2016 / Height: 242 cm Photo: Daniel Sutter, Zürich / © Daniel Sutter

Burckhardt+Partner AG. Wohnüberbauung Sous-Bois. Year: 2015 / Height: 256 cm Photo: Thomas Jantscher, Neuchâtel / © Thomas Jantscher

Igual & Guggenheim Architekten. Wohnhäuser Am Ättenberg. Year: 2014 / Height: 240 cm Photo: Sancho Igual / © Igual & Guggenheim Architekten

JOM architekten. Neubau Mehrgenerationenhaus Im Morgen. Year: 2015 / Height: 106-248 cm Photo: Thomas Stöckli, Zürich / © Thomas Stöckli

Meyer Architecture. Immeuble Habitation. Year: 2013 / Height: 240 cm Photo: Thomas Jantscher, Neuchâtel / © Thomas Jantscher

 

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