Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer both graduated from the ETH Zurich and established their office together in 1989. In 1992 the architects attracted international attention with their very first building, the Kirchner Museum in Davos. Numerous other museum projects followed including the extension to the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur, Museum Liner Appenzell, the archaeological museum and park Kalkriese near Osnabrueck, Donation Albers-Honegger in Mouans-Sartoux, and two new buildings for the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.
Over the past few years, Gigon/Guyer have additionally devoted themselves to working out new solutions for both exclusive as well as cost-effective residential architecture. Winning first prize in the competition for the Prime Tower in Zurich gave the architects their first opportunity to work in a larger scale.
Gigon/Guyer’s architectural projects are characterized by their distinctive combination of construction, materials, and form. Independent concepts are developed for each specific context and program. In a number of projects the architects have collaborated with artists to work out the color schemes.
Gigon/Guyer have been awarded many prizes, including the Fritz Schumacher Prize, RIBA Fellowship, and the Daylight Award, the highest endowed architecture prize in Switzerland.
The exhibition in the Architektur Galerie Berlin offers a special approach to the work of Gigon/Guyer. Film, as the central medium of the exhibition, adds time to the two-dimensional representation of architecture. The buildings are relocated in the exhibition space as moving, illuminated images. In his footage the young Swiss filmmaker Severin Kuhn captures the everyday world in and around the buildings, which usually has no place in classical architecture photography. The buildings become animated in the true sense of the word. Supplementary information and drawings about the projects are available in a separate brochure.
Lars Müller Publishers recently produced a comprehensive monograph documenting the architect’ most important buildings and projects from the years 2001 to 2011.