Globally leading platform for architecture and urban design, Pro Helvetia nominates Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zürich, to exhibit at the Swiss Pavilion during the 2016 Venice Biennale, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. The supporting programme, Salon Suisse will feature Geneva-based architecture expert, Leïla el-Wakil.
The Venice Architecture Biennale, one of the most important international platforms for architecture and design, will take place from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
The seasoned Swiss architect Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), studied at ETH Zürich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009.
Expected to contribute innovation to the everyday spacial experience, Kerez’s exhibition in the Swiss Pavilion raises high expectations. Curated by by art historian Sandra Oehy, the exhibition will seek to enable new experiences through architecture.
Some of his most notable works include his commercial tower building in Zhengzhou, China, a large-scale social housing development project in Brazil, and a new school in Leutschenbach, Switzerland. Huge steel lattice formwork and a top-floor gym boasting a panoramic view, characterise the clear, compact building.
The conceptual stringency of Kerez’ designs also becomes apparent in his “house with one wall”, a two-family home in Zurich-Witikon formed from a single slab of concrete.
Salon Suisse which will take place at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi operates as a platform for discussion between art and architecture: hosting debates on contemporary art and architecture in a relaxed atmosphere since 2012.
For the 2016 Biennale, art historian and architect Leïla el-Wakil will lead the Salon Suisse. El-Wakil’s research focuses on historical influences from Oriental and Occidental living spaces and benefits from her international network ranging from Europe to the Middle East to spur discussion.
Switzerland at the Biennale