1.One of the recurring features in the spaces you have created is the lighting elements made of polycarbonate. The feeling of space produced by the mass of light created with such elements is most dramatic in <The Glacier> project. What is the roles / meanings of light in space?
light means horizon , it's the opposite of a border, its never-ending and indicates depth. we put normally the light at the periphery of a space or at the fringe of elements, it makes elements come alive, light is always indirect and you never see a light source in our projects.
light creates atmosphere and is the source of magic in a space, lighting is a very important tool of architecture in our projects.
So we create light gaps or light surfaces to imitate and dissolve hard obstacles and give you the feeling as if the spaces never end.
2.<The Glacier> project is impressive with the way the space is created into a landscape as a whole by applying geometric structures that are combined with uses. Tell us more about this project in detail.
It is the first project where we implicated our so called 'program free architecture', where no element of a space is contaminated with a direct visible function. all the infrastructure is hidden in the periphery and once you want to use the space for a certain function you unfold the program in the periphery and the whole space becomes a kitchen, bathroom or whatever you want it to be, but first the space is totally empty and free, there is no hierarchy, there is a lot of freedom, that's what we re looking in life.
then the concept of a landscape in a flat is a very archaic and yet precise intervention in a living space, it takes you far away from what you are used to, floor, walls and ceiling, it makes you feel like you literally are living in a glacier landscape, its the child in you that can come out.
its so nice to have things not the way they should be, but so that you can make most out of your life.
3.You seem to favor raw materials such as concrete and sand. Is there any reason that you prefer using such materials?
raw materials are authentic, they give you a feeling of realness, nature , pure. and you have to think before you apply them, because there is no plastering or painting etc. it is as well pointing out again that there is no such thing as an inferior material, they are all on the same level, and by implicating them you get rid of the social status f materials, which is very boring. so inexpensive , even industrial materials put the right way in the right context, can have an incredible impact, they are free of connotation and social status.
4.Like your clear preference of materials, is there any specific value that you try to realise in every project you create?
yes, we try to always look for as story, a kind of script, that nothing to do with architecture. then we use our knowledge to build this platform for the story. it gives us the possibility to focus other things than architecture, we like the absence of architecture and a story that works as aplatform to make life a bit more interesting:
free of social barriers, full of adventure, but thoroughly worked out, sustainable and precise in the detail so architecture moves in the background, its all about phenomena and traces...
we want to create a story or figure that people can start to like and get to know:
how can you connect to 'modern architecture' ? if you think you live in a glacier landscape its very personal and it something for the heart, people need something personal they can identify with, its very important.
5.In which direction have your work evolved from your earlier projects until now?
we keep on working on the same track with very different outcomes, but with the same intention to look for our story to form the projects.
there is a growing experience in the background, mixed with the whish to always create something totally new, we work so long until we think we got it, there is no in-between. sometimes its quicker and sometimes it takes a very long time.
I think there is more reassurance and at the same time more modesty as we keep on realizing further projects . we keep up the precision no matter what scale or importance of project.
I am glad architecture gives us the platform to discuss social phenomena on a very free level, we can always innovate and put things in a different context, keep on thinking...
there is no right or wrong, but there is a choice to make.
6.What kinds of project you would like to design in the future that are new to you? And please tell us about the projects in progress that you find are interesting.
we are working on a couple of multifamily housing in the city of Zurich where we can implement a new invention, it's creating living space that are actually outside spaces and that in our northern hemisphere: we free the mass of the glass and windows, everything disappears, in the summer you think you live in the south, those are the projects house F70 and house Be.
We have worked a lot on residential projects up to today and are focusing to move more to public projects as well, to implement our concepts.
So we are doing public competitions all over the world as well.
7.What do you think are the virtues - in connection with your design philosophy - that a designer should be equipped with?
modesty, precision and no preconceived ideas about anything, that combined with a strong will to analyze and judge your own work, so that you reach a level that is worth all the effort.
don't use design or architecture to represent, use it as a smart tool to create a platform that catalyzes life in an intelligent and sustainable way,. keep up the adventure.