Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order
The work of Rolf Mühlethaler and considerations about the task and skills of an architect.
1st edition, 2017
Text English and German
80 pages, 28 color and 31 b/w illustrations
22 x 27 cm
Rolf Mühlethaler is an award-winning Swiss architect whose approach is characterized by a comprehensive analysis of local and historical contexts in combination with a deep conceptual understanding of structural elements, symmetry, simplicity, and repetition. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience—twenty with his own Bern-based firm, Rolf Mühlethaler Architekt—he carefully designs and crafts his buildings with an eye toward balancing these concerns, or creating a fragile order.
Published to accompany an exhibition at Architekturgalerie Luzern, Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order presents the first comprehensive English-language look at Mühlethaler’s complete body of work. The architect has realized projects for both public and private clients, including single- and multi-family residences, schools, studios, and office spaces, as well as conversions of historic industrial buildings. Richly illustrated throughout with photographs that capture all stages of the process, from design sketches to completed projects, Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order will be of interest to architects and structural and building engineers.
With an introduction by Toni Häfliger and Martin Schuler and conversations between Rolf Mühlethaler and Silke Langenberg, Tivadar Puskas, Jürg Rehsteiner, and Florian Riegler, moderated and edited by Christoph Schläppi.
Named one of the Most Beautiful Books in Austria 2017.
Designed by Gabriele Lenz, lenz+ Büro für visuelle Gestaltung, Wien.