Architecture Exhibition Attracts Over 4,000!

Architecture Exhibition Attracted Over 4,000 Visitors!

Despite two typhoons and its short exhibition period, the JP-CH 2014: Building in Context attracted over 4,000 visitors to the Spiral Garden.

This special presentation featuring prominent Japanese architects for their works in Switzerland, including the Rolex Learning Center and the New Tameida Building was nearly hit by a typhoon on the day of its opening and on a holiday right in the middle of the exhibition term.

That did not stop architecture enthusiasts and fans of Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa) and Riken Yamamoto to visit the exhibition offering a rare opportunity to get a peek of the splendid works of these prominent figures. Other works on display were soon-to-come Swatch/Omega Headquarters, The Circle at Zurich Airport and Under One Roof, which is being constructed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).

The three lectures by Mr. Kuma, Mr. Yamamoto, and Ms. Sejima and Mr. Nishizawa, also brought in a highly interested group of audience. Altogether, there were more than 300 participants, again despite bad weather.

The Architects’ table, presenting each architect’s memories of Switzerland, gave a new perspective of the country to Japanese visitors. In addition to the beautiful landscape, there is a variety of nice wines, meringues with double cream, dried horse meat, great cheese and direct referendums by show of hands in Appenzell Innerhoden and wonderful chocolate.

We would like to thank all the visitors as well as those involved, namely the architects, their dedicated staff, the sponsors as well as organizers — Prof. Jan Geipel, Mr. Luc Meier, Mr. Cyril Veillon as well as Mr. Jerôme Baratelli, Ms. Marion Erard, Ms. Anh Truong– and Mr. Mitsuhiro Igarashi and his staff at Spiral.

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