Created by AE Foundation ISLAND is the culmination of a series of discussions and events which invited architects to imagine a house for real clients living or moving to the Isle of Harris. ISLAND presents new and original house designs by Angela Deuber, Pascal Flammer, Christ & Gantenbein, Neil Gillespie, Johannes Norlander, Raumbureau and Raphael Zuber. The speculative designs have been produced to provoke architects, the Hebridean people and the wider community to re-imagine how we might live in this particular environment.
Angela Deuber studied at the ETH in Zurich from 1997 to 2002. She has directed her own office in Chur since 2010. From 2007 to 2010 she was an assistant at ETH Zurich for Prof. Annette Spiro and for Prof. Christian Kerez. In 2012 she was appointed as a lecturer at Lucerne University. Her office has produced a number of significant buildings and projects, including: 2013 School building in Thal, 2012 Conversion of a late medieval House in Stuls, 2012 multi-purpose hall Seefeld in Buochs.
Pascal Flammer studied at the ETH Zurich, Lausanne and at the TU in Delft. He has traveled extensively and opened his practice in 2005 and has won several national and international awards. Pascal gained his experience through his time at Valerio Olgiati, where he worked from 1998 until 2005. He has taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, the GSD at Harvard University and at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. He is currently teaching at the ETH Zurich.
Christ & Gantenbein was established in 1998. Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein together with six associates and team of thirty-five architects work on a wide range of projects from private commissions, renovation of historic buildings to housing, office buildings, bridges and large scale urban masterplans. After many teaching positions in Switzerland and abroad, both accepted professorships at the ETH Zurich in 2010 and have published several books on their work and teaching.
Neil Gillespie is design director of Reiach and Hall Architects who are based in Edinburgh. Reiach and Hall Architects were founded in the late 1960s and continues to pursue a modernism that is based on contemporary practice while attempting to root itself in traditions that stem from a more local culture and practice. Neil is also a Visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen and an academician of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.
Johannes Norlander qualified from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture in Stockholm. He is best known for Villa Alta, which received several awards and attention in Sweden and internationally. The house is located in Nacka, just outside Stockholm and has been called naive post-minimalism. He is also known for his furniture for which he has won among other awards, the Bruno Mathsson prize. His most well known pieces are chairs Dartanjang and Waiter.
Raumbureau was established by Rolf Jenni and Tom Weiss in 2009. They both studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Biel and urbanism at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. They have taught at the ETH Zurich and currently teach at the University of Applied Sciences in Zürich and Basel. They explore architecture and its relationship with the city by means of a common and rational language with an emphasis on producing public works.
Raphael Zuber studied at ETH Zurich from 1996 to 2001. In 2003 he opened his own office in Chur. His first building is the schoolhouse Grono, completed in 2011. His projects include the ethnographic museum Neuchâtel, office building in Monte Carasso and the University Campus in Mendrisio. He has taught at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, ETH Zurich and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.