Buildings and Projects

ISBN978-3-03761-098-5
PublisherQuart Publishers Ltd., Heinz Wirz, Lucerne
EDITORSHUBERTUS ADAM, CYBU RICHLI, FABIENNE BURRI
TEXT CONTRIBUTIONSHUBERTUS ADAM, BEAT AEBERHARD, ALBERTO ALESSI, DIETER GEISSBUEHLER, HELEN HIRSCH, TIBOR JOANELLY, STEFAN KOEPFLI, MARCO MEIER, KOTSCHA REIST & SIBYLLA WALPEN, JOSEPH SCHWARTZ, THOMAS STADELMANN, PHILIP URSPRUNG, DOMINIQUE MARC WEHRLI
PHOTOGRAPHYDOMINIQUE MARC WEHRLI, HEINRICH HELFENSTEIN, ANDREA HELBLING
DESIGNC2F, LUCERNE
Specifications416 pages, 20 x 28 cm 299 illustrations, 145 plans, hardcover, thread stitched (extra brochure with english extracts)

For around two decades, the architectural duo of Niklaus Graber & Christoph Steiger from Lucerne have been continuously working on the design and construction of high quality buildings that can without doubt be regarded as an enrichment to Swiss building culture. Although the architects attempt to make their works generally understandable and give them a timeless legibility, when designing them they take the risk of fundamentally questioning the relevant task. That often leads to surprising interpretations and tailored solutions that reveal the specific characteristics of each project.

By now, their work includes private family homes and apartment buildings, as well as a considerable number of public buildings for educational, cultural, industrial and tourist purposes, which have attracted a great deal of attention on the specialist scene both in Switzerland and abroad. For instance the extension to a window factory in Hagendorn, the therapy centre for the Heilpädagogische Zentrum Uri and the panorama gallery on the peak of Mt. Pilatus have been awarded national and international architecture prizes.  

This book project curated by Hubertus Adam. Hubertus Adam sheds light on different aspects of the architectural approach of Niklaus Graber and Christoph Steiger.

Buildings and Projects

Graber & Steiger

Architekten ETH BSA SIA
Alpenstrasse 1
CH-6004 Luzern
mail@grabersteiger.ch
+41 41 248 50 10

Graber & Steiger is an architectural practice based in Lucerne, Switzerland and was founded 1995 by Niklaus Graber and Christoph Steiger. Their work to date includes public and institutional buildings as well as private houses. Graber & Steiger are interested in an architecture that gives a specific and individual response to each task assigned and that at the same time regards personal and subjectiv statements. One of the goals of the team is focus to establish powerful architectonical structures which approach the task in a targeted way and encourage an autonomous spatial expression. By winning various competitions, Graber & Steiger could accomplish among others the School Complex in Buttikon, the Window Factory in Hagendorn, the Panorama Gallery Pilatus and the extension to the Thun Panorama for which they received several national and international awards.

Niklaus Graber

Architekt ETH SIA BSA

*1968. Certified Architect ETH BSA SIA. 1988–95 Studies in Architecture at the ETH Zurich and at the GSAPP Columbia University New York. 1990/91/93 internships at office Herzog & de Meuron, Basel and office Hans Kollhoff, Berlin. 1995 architect at office Herzog & de Meuron. 1995 founding of Graber & Steiger Architekten in Lucerne. 2008–2011 teaching assignment at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 2013–2015 lecturer in the Master of Arts in Architecture course at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 2016 visting faculty at Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Christoph Steiger

Architekt ETH SIA BSA

*1968. Certified Architect ETH BSA SIA. 1988–95 Studies in Architecture at the ETH Zurich. 1990/91 internships at office Hans Kollhoff, Berlin and office Herzog & de Meuron, Basel. 1995 architect at office Herzog & de Meuron. 1995 founding of Graber & Steiger Architekten in Lucerne. 2008–2011 teaching assignment at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 2013–2015 lecturer in the Master of Arts in Architecture course at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 2016 visting faculty at Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Team

Architects:
Rebekka Baumann
Leonie Burch
Enric Carol
Anthony Frank
Niklaus Graber
Daniel Hauri
Fabienne Hug
Philip Käslin
Sascha Matt
Urs Schmid
Claudia Spörri
Christoph Steiger
Roland Stutz
Kim Templin

Interns:
Greta Andreoli
Pero Georgiev
Konstantina Giannaki
Fabian Huber
David Zorenč

Former Employees:
Lars Aebersold
Fulvio de Bastian
Sophie Bertin
Philipp Betschart
Jaroslava Brhelova
Beatrix Diem
Rebekka Eiholzer
Pascal Galler
Pero Georgiev
Ana Gonçalves
Moritz Grimmer
Annette Hammer
Monika Hausammann
Yvonne Hoffmann
Patric Huber
Jovan Ivanovski
Catharina Kiesel
Patrizia Kulmitzer
Ivo Läuppi
Vinh Ly
James Mac Aree
Ursula Mehr
Patrick Mürner
Eliza Novak
Alicja Nowicz
Karin Ohashi
René Pahl
Lucia Pennati
Reto Robbi
Stefan Roos
Lucas Sager
Susana Santos
Astrid Sauerteig
Daniel Scheuner
Sophie Schindler
Maria Schmid
André Signer
Andrea Späti
Katrin Stadelmann
Christian Suter
Mathias Thaler
Bastien Turpin
Michael Ursprung
Lukas Vogel
Barbara Vogt
Hanspeter Vogt
Martin Waldis
Karin von Wil
Susanne Wolf
Julia Wollscheid
Doris Wyss
David Zimmermann
Alex Zollinger

Awards & Grands

Selection

Award «Best architects» 18

Residential building Mühle, Sempach

Award «Best architects» 16

Extension for the Thun Panorama

Award «Auszeichnung guter Bauten im Kanton Zug 2006–2015» 2015

AWZ housing

ISR Award for Architecture 2013
Special price of the jury

Pilatus Kulm panorama gallery

Award for Marketing and Architecture 2012
Overall winner

Pilatus Kulm panorama gallery

Award «Best architects» 12

Uri educative centre
Villa by Lake Zug

Ernst A. Plischke Preis, Vienna, Austria 2011
Nomination

Window factory extension

Award «Best architects» 10

Villa by Lake Lucerne

Velux Daylight Award 2010
Nomination

Window factory extension

Rosa Barba Award, Barcelona C, 2008
Nomination

Window factory extension

Award «Best architects» 08

Window factory extension

German Landscape Architecture Award 2007
First Price

Window factory extension

Award «Die Besten», Silver trophy, 2006

Window factory extension

Award «SIA Umsicht | Regards | Sguardi» 2006

Window factory extension

Award «Auszeichnung guter Bauten 1994–1999 im Kanton Luzern» 2000

Stucki single-family home

Exhibitions

Selection

«Schweizweit. Recent Swiss Architecture»
Swiss Architecture Museum S AM, Basel 2016/17

«Spacial Positions 10: The Sound of Architecture»
Festival Zeiträume Basel, Swiss Architecture Museum S AM, Basel 2015

«Panoramen – Bauten und Projekte von Graber & Steiger Architekten»
Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun Panorama, 2014

«Senza pericolo!»
Triennale di Milano, Mailand 2013

«Marketing + Architektur»
ETH Zurich, Institut GTA, Zurich 2013

«Bildbau»
Swiss Architecture Museum S AM, Basel 2013

«Pläne und Modelle von Graber & Steiger»
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts 2010

«ARCH/SCAPES»
Schweizer Beitrag zur 7. Bienal International de Arquitetura de Sao Paulo
Pavilhao Ciccillo Matarazzo Parque Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo 2007,
Swiss Architecture Museum S AM, Basel 2008,
Today Art Museum, Bejing 2009,
Shenzhen + Hong Kong Architecture Biennale, Hongkong 2010

«Spezifisch | specifique | specivico»,
Architekturforum Zürich 2007

«Umsicht SIA»
Swissbau Basel, ETH Zurich, FH Burgdorf, Architekturforum FAR Lausanne, HSR Rapperswil, SUPSI Lugano, CAUE Angers F, DAZ Berlin, 2006–2008

«Die Besten 06»
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, 2006

«Gutachter-verfahren Kunsthaus Graz»
Architekturforum Zürich 1998

Lectures

3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, Guimaraes, Portugal 2016
«On the authority of the load-bearing structure»

International Symposium Architecture now/next, Dhaka 2016
Panel discussion «Education now/next»

Bengal Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesch, 2016
«Reflections on Structure»

Technische Hochschule Köln
«Postitionen Schweizer Architektur» 2015

BRAC University Dhaka, Bangladesch, 2014
«Trended Structures»

KIT Karlsruhe, 2014
«Swiss Architects»

Architektur Forum Thun, 2013
«Panoramen – eine Rundschau»

ETH Zurich, Institut GTA, 2013
«Panoramagalerie Pilatus Kulm»

Mongolbarer Shobha, Dhaka, 2012
«Structures»

ETH Zurich, 2009
«Denkmodell Struktur»

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 2009
«Tektonik und Struktur»

Rosa Barba Award, Barcelona, 2008
«Window factory Hagendorn»

Istituto la città complessa, Pordenone, Italy, «Recent Works», 2008
«Recent Works»

Deutsches Architektur-zentrum Berlin, 2008
«Fensterfabrik Hagendorn»

FHNW Basel, 2006
«Ein Haus von...»

Architekturforum Zurich, 2003
«Junge Schweizer Architekten»

ETH Zurich, 1997
«Haus Stucki»

2017
2016
2015
16.09.17
Inauguration of Primary School
30.06.17
bestarchitects 18 award
14.06.17
Award for good building
17.01.17
Wakker Prize awarded
19.11.16
Exhibition at the S AM Basel
27.10.16
Award canton of Zug
10.09.16
«Atuprix 2015» Award
27.07.16
ICSA 2016
22.06.16
Start of construction
11.06.16
Architectural visit: Koeniz
06.06.16
Start of construction
01.03.16
Graber & Steiger in Bangladesh
04.09.15
«Spatial Positions 10»
01.08.15
School building in Nottwil
28.05.15
Graber & Steiger monograph

16.09.17

Inauguration of Primary School in Nottwil

After a 15 month construction phase the first stage of the Primary School in Nottwil has now been inaugurated.

On Saturday the 23rd of September the building will be open for a public visits from 1pm to 4pm.

Graber & Steiger

16.09.17 Inauguration of Primary School 30.06.17 bestarchitects 18 award 14.06.17 Award for good building 17.01.17 Wakker Prize awarded 19.11.16 Exhibition at the S AM Basel 27.10.16 Award canton of Zug 10.09.16 «Atuprix 2015» Award                      Design: C2F.CH