Silent Form

Silent Form

A visual research on the formal qualities and exemplary character of architectural models by Zürich-based E2A Architects


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Title Information

E2A Piet Eckert and Wim Eckert with Jon Naiman. With an essay by Semir Zeki

1st edition

, 2014

Paperback (Flatbook)

98 pages, 93 duotone illustrations

24 x 32 cm

ISBN 978-3-906027-62-3


For years, American artist Jon Naiman has been photographing the work of E2A Architects Zürich, established in 2001 by the brothers Piet and Wim Eckert, producing a striking series of black-and-white photographs of the firm’s architectural models that capture the full range of its work across public buildings and housing, exhibition design, and industrial architecture.

Silent Form collects Naiman’s previously unpublished photographs. Alternating between abstract and perfectly focused depictions of these highly detailed forms, Naiman’s photographs are remarkable for their ability to portray urban space rather than mere miniatures, prompting reflection on how perception of space is constituted in an image. Concluding the book is an essay by British neurobiologist Semir Zeki that sheds light on the neurobiological foundations of perception.

Beautifully produced with more than fifty photographs—many reproduced as full pages or spreads—the book will appeal equally to those interested in photography, architecture, and design.


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Authors & Editors

Piet Eckert

, born 1968 in Mumbai, studied architecture at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture in New York and ETH Zurich. He established E2A together with his brother in Zürich in 2001. He lectures at various universities, including Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich, HafenCity University of Hamburg, and Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio.

Wim Eckert

, born 1969 in Zürich, graduated in architecture from ETH Zurich in 1995. He established E2A together with his brother Zürich in 2001. He lectures at various universities, including HafenCity University of Hamburg and Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio.

Jon Naiman

, born 1965 in Philadelphia, studied photography, film, and sculpture and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. He lives in Biel, Switzerland and works as a photographic artist specializing in art, architecture and portraiture. He has been awarded various awards and grants in the US and Switzerland.

Semir Zeki