Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2019-2023
Exhibition
14 July - 15 October 2023
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Exhibition Overview

In Room 1, a selection of remnants from the design process of over sixty projects is arranged densely in three wooden vitrines. Their specific order was developed and tested within the Kabinett. These objects offer glimpses into the diverse materials, techniques, and technologies employed by the practice. The open storage format allows visitors to consider individual objects as well as to see through the vitrines to make connections between projects developed at different times.

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A dark and contemplative space connects the two main exhibition galleries. Here, visitors encounter completed H&dM buildings through videos. The two films shown in this room correspond to themes in the adjacent galleries – ‘Project Observer’ documents the daily life of many of the projects shown in Room 1 and ‘REHAB from REHAB’ by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine focuses on the patients of REHAB Basel and acts as a prelude to the focus on healthcare in Room 3.

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Room 3 starts with a narrative wall – a loose timeline capturing the processes that informed the design and construction of the Kinderspital Zürich. As one of the first projects at H&dM to be fully developed using Building Information Modelling, visitors are invited to access the BIM model via a videogame made for the exhibition.

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Spanning across the end wall of the gallery, an enlarged ground floor plan of the hospital illustrates key design strategies through projections. Simplified diagrams make visible architectural elements such as structure and circulation while revealing organizational notions of streets, neighborhoods and backyards borrowed from the city.

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In Room 3, a fragment of the patient room mockup – an integral part of the design process – takes center stage. It is positioned over a 1:1 floor plan printed on a carpet allowing visitors to ‘walk-through’ the planned patient room. A high-definition AR model of the room overlaid on these physical components completes the immersive experience.

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Twelve AR experiences are connected to objects, prototypes and drawings in the exhibition. They illustrate the digital tools and processes in daily use at H&dM and forms part of the ongoing thinking and research into how architecture is represented and perceived.

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Several events accompanied the exhibition including the opening lecture ‘Commons, Care, Curiosity’ delivered by Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Christine Binswanger. Christine also participated in a panel discussion on healthcare architecture entitled ‘Designing for Healing’ in which Henrik Schødts and Dr. Roger L. Kneebone were participants.

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Exhibition Guide

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Drawings

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Team

Partners
Jacques Herzog
Pierre de Meuron
Christine Binswanger (Partner in Charge)
Esther Zumsteg (Director, Kabinett)
Project Team
Mathieu Bujnowskyj (Lead kitchen & Brand Development)
Donald Mak (Associate)
Roman Aebi (Atelier Workshop)
Giorgio Azzariti
Cinzia Bussola (Design Technologies)
Martin Cassani (Registrar)
Casper Clausen
Ainsley Johnston
Sarah Kim (Design Technologies)
Stefanie Manthey (Research)
Nikola Miloradovic
Saakib Sait
Günter Schwob (Atelier Workshop)
Milou Teeling (Associate, Project Team Kinderspital Zürich)
Edward Wang
Armand Zanota

Facts

Collaborators, Royal Academy of Arts
Curators: Vicky Richardson, Kate Goodwin, Rose Thompson, Rhiannon Hope
Exhibition Management: Rebecca Bailey, Stephanie Bush, Guy Carr, Nancy Cooper
Rights and Reproduction: Giulia Ariete
Exhibition Design
Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Graphic Design: Daly & Lyon, London, UK
Audio Visual: KSO Audiovisual Ltd., London, UK
Lighting: Record Lighting, Horsham, UK
Fabrication: The White Wall Company, London, UK, and Unusual Rigging, Northampton, UK
Graphics Production: Omni Colour, London, UK
AR Consulting: Bandara VR GmbH, Zürich, Switzerland
Supported by
Stefan Bollinger, Laura and Scott Malkin, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Works Courtesy of Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel
Thomas Ruff, Haus Nr. 4 II (Ricola Laufen), 1991, Chromogenic colour print, Diasec face, Project No. 038 Ricola Storage Building, Laufen, Switzerland (1986-1987)
Thomas Ruff, Signal Box, Basel, 1994, Chromogenic colour print, Diasec face, Project No. 049 Signal Box Auf dem Wolf, Basel, Switzerland (1989-1994)
Thomas Ruff, Bibliothek, Eberswalde, 1999 Chromogenic colour print, Diasec face, Project No. 105 Eberswalde Technical School Library, Eberswalde, Germany (1994-1999)
Thomas Ruff, jpeg hdem05, 2009 Chromogenic colour print, Diasec face, Project No. 230 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany (2001, 2003-2016)
Thomas Ruff, Hongkong, 2009 Chromogenic colour print, Diasec face, Project No. 296, Tai Kwun, Centre for Heritage & Art (2006-2018)
Thomas Ruff, triangle paris, 2010 Chromogenic colour print, Diasec face, Project No. 307 Triangle, Paris, France (2006-)
Thomas Ruff, Zeitungsfotos / Newspaper Photographs, 1990-1991, Chromogenic print, Edition 1996 (Family with model railway), Project No. 105 Eberswalde Technical School Library, Eberswalde, Germany (1994-1999)
Andreas Gursky, Prada Tokyo, 2004 Chromogenic colour print, Project No. 178 Prada Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan (2000-2003)
Andreas Gursky, Beijing, 2010 Chromogenic colour print, Project No. 225 National Stadium, Beijing, China (2002-2008)
Denis H. Hazell, Harbour and Kowloon from the Peak in Hong Kong, ca. 1925, Facsimile of Silver gelatin print, Fotosammlung Ruth und Peter Herzog [A0421_P14], Project No. 415 M+, Hong Kong (2012-2021)
Works Courtesy of the Artist
Andreas Gursky, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1995 Chromogenic colour print, Project No. 130 Herzog & de Meuron, une exposition, conceived by Rémy Zaugg, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Works Courtesy of Others
Ellen Pau, The Shape of Light, 2022, Video of façade installation at 415 M+ Hong Kong, Commissioned by M+ and Art Basel, 2022, Courtesy of M+, Hong Kong
Ulrich Gambke, Video excerpts from ‘Herzog & de Meuron', 1995, Video (35mm, digital transfer), 45’00”, color, sound, Courtesy of Nauman Film GmbH, Munich, 1995
Anonymous, Moulin Weck, before 1883, Facsimile of Albumen paper mounted on card, Colmar, Bibliothèque des Dominicains, Cabinet des Estampes [Inv. n° V EST 118] © Colmar, Bibliothèque municipale, Project No. 356, Musée Unterlinden, Extension, Colmar, France (2009-2015)
Postcard, Siena, Italy. Scuola del Riccio (XVII sec.): Veduta di Siena (Siena, Palazzo Pubblico), 426, © Edizioni I.F.I., Firenze
Film - ‘Rehab From Rehab'
by Bêka & Lemoine
France/Switzerland 2023, 4K, Color, 86 min
Film - ‘Project Observer'
Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, UK, US, 2023, 4K, Color, 29 min
Thank you to the following participants: Ricola Group AG, Ricola Europe SA, Residents of the Housing Pilotengasse, Unihockey Basel Regio at the Pfaffenholz Sportszentrum, Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde, Tate Modern, Dominus Estate Napa Valley, Union Investment, St. Jakob Park Tertianum AG (Tertianum Residenz St. Jakob-Park), Museum Küppersmühle, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Prada S.p.A, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, Parc del Forum, Fundación ”la Caixa”, Allianz SE, Fantasy Basel - The Swiss Comic Con, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, 1111 Lincoln Road, Vitra AG, Tai Kwun, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Musée Unterlinden, Toggenburg Bergbahnen AG, Sinfonieorchester Basel at the Stadtcasino Basel, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Game Sup Lyon, Royal College of Art, Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, Kramlich Collection
Links
Royal Academy of Arts
Bêka & Lemoine

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