The Jacobs House

The Jacobs House

The richly illustrated history of the home and the program of Zürich's Johann Jacobs Museum.



Title Information

Contributions by Roger M. Buergel, Zeuler R. Lima, Kathrin Meier-Rust, Sophia Prinz, Martin Tschanz, Felix Vogel, and Andreas Zangger. Preface by Johann Christian and Lavinia Jacobs.

1st edition

, 2015

Text English and German


188 pages, 38 color and 71 b/w illustrations and drawings

25 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-504-0

In cooperation with Johann Jacobs Museum, Zürich


Built in 1913 for a local politician and beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Zurich, the Jacobs House is today home to the Jacobs Foundation and the Johann Jacobs Museum. Inspired by the Jacobs family’s past in the coffee trade, both institutions maintain an extensive educational program on the history and present state of global trade routes.

This book tells the story of the house, from its planning and building to the Jacobs family’s purchase of it in the 1980s and on through a detailed examination of the extensive reconstruction undertaken by Basel-based architects Miller & Maranta. Richly illustrated with photographs and sketches, The Jacobs House celebrates a beautiful building and introduces the reader to the concept of the Johan Jacobs Museum.

Authors & Editors

Roger M. Buergel

, born 1962, is director of Zürich's Johann Jacob Museum since 2013 and a curator, critic, and lecturer. He was artistic director of documenta 12 in Kassel 2007 and taught as a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Karlsruhe 2007–09.

Zeuler R. Lima

 is an architect and writer and an Associate Professor at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in Saint Louis. He holds degrees in design, architecture, urban history, and comparative literature. He previously worked as an architect in São Paulo (1989–96) and taught at various universities in Brazil, France, and the US.

Kathrin Meier-Rust

 is a journalist and a wrtiter for NZZ am Sonntag's monthly books supplement. She studied history and English at University of Zürich. She worked as a freelance journalist in Buenos Aires, Moscow, Bonn, and Washington, and has been an editor with Die Weltwoche 1995–2002 and a science editor with NZZ am Sonntag 2002–10.

Sophia Prinz

 is a scholar in cultural sociology and cultural studies. She is a research assistant at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and also works at Johann Jacobs Museum in Zürich.

Martin Tschanz

is an architect and lecturer for theory and history of architecture at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.

Felix Vogel

 is a freelance curator. He studied fine art, media theroy, philosophy, and aesthetics at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is currently doing his PhD degree at Universié de Fribourg.

Andreas Zangger

 graduated from University of Zürich in history, philosophy, and ethnology. He works as a publicist with a focus on Switzerland's golbal context and interactions, and on textile and design history. He has been a memeber of Colleguium Helveticum and worked as an editor for Neue Zürcher Zeitung.