Pilatus Kulm panorama gallery

LocationPilatus Kulm, Alpnach OW
ClientPILATUS BAHNEN AG, KRIENS
CommissionCompetition on invitation 2008
Planning2008–2010
Construction2010–2011
ArchitectsGraber & Steiger Architekten, Project Architect: Philip Käslin
ConsultantsConstruction manager: Jürg Gabthuler, Structural engineer: Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Cost management: Büro für Bauökonomie, Façade engineering: Metallprojekt GmbH
PhotographerD.M. Wehrli

The impressive, crystalline silhouette of the Pilatus massif was integrated into the design for the panorama gallery and developed further in an architectural form. The new structure is subtly fitted into the Alpine terrain and develops between existing buildings and striking rocky outcrops into an artificial topography. The polygonal, meandering ground plan and the gentle cross-sectional modulation are spatial strategies that evoke gentle transitions between the developed and undeveloped landscape. The polygonal connecting section choreographs a series of spectacular perspectives and breath-taking viewpoints, while also acting as a perceptive amplifier that stages the reference to the landscape to the fullest extent. The underlying crystalline theme of the volumetrics is also reflected in the structure, construction and materialisation, and is based on a hybrid steel and concrete composite system.

Pilatus Kulm panorama gallery

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. A strong focus of the team is the search for 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. Since 2016 visting faculty at Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2016/17 Curator of the exhibition “Bengal Stream – The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangaldesh” at S AM Swiss Architecture Museum Basel.

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

Executive Board:
Niklaus Graber
Christoph Steiger
Roland Stutz
Urs Schmid

Team:
Rebekka Baumann
Agnieszka Broda
Farhana Nizam Chowdhury
Beatrice Evangelisti
Felix Geiselbrecht
Niklaus Graber
Rocio Garcia Gravino
Lamisa Samantha Islam
Philip Käslin
Joe Redwood
Philipp Scheidegger
Urs Schmid
Tiziano Spadoni
Claudia Spörri
Christoph Steiger
Roland Stutz
​​​​​​​Sharon Van Uffelen
Janis Zemp

Administration:
Leonie Burch

Former Employees:
Lars Aebersold
Fadi Almasri
Abdulrahman Althan
Greta Andreoli
Katja Bächtold
Fulvio de Bastian
Sophie Bertin
Philipp Betschart
Jolien Bloem
Jaroslava Brhelova
Edna Buchmeier
Enric Carol
Christian Dehli
Beatrix Diem
Marcela Dolezalová
Rebekka Eiholzer
Christian Estermann Jansen
Pablo Filit
Anthony Frank
Pascal Galler
Pero Georgiev
Ana Gonçalves
Moritz Grimmer
Tobias Grüter
Florian Gugger
Annette Hammer
Daniel Hauri
Monika Hausammann
Aditi Haque
Morin Hoang
Yvonne Hoffmann
Fabian Huber
Patric Huber
Fabienne Hug
Jovan Ivanovski
Catharina Kiesel
Patrizia Kulmitzer
Ivo Läuppi
Flavio Lutz
Vinh Ly
James Mac Aree
Filipe Marques
Sascha Matt
Ursula Mehr
Sureya Miller
Patrick Mürner
Eliza Novak
Alicja Nowicz
Lea Nussbaumer
Karin Ohashi
René Pahl
Lucia Pennati
Nathalie Rast
Reto Robbi
Stefan Roos
Lucas Sager
Susana Santos
Astrid Sauerteig
Daniel Scheuner
Sophie Schindler
Maria Schmid
André Signer
Andrea Späti
Julia Spirig
Lucia Spörri
Josef Stadelmann
Katrin Stadelmann
Christian Suter
Kim Templin
Mathias Thaler
Michelle Thurnhofer
Gianmarco Tolone
Bastien Turpin
Michael Ursprung
Lukas Vogel
Barbara Vogt
Hanspeter Vogt
Martin Waldis
Julia Weber
Werner Weibel
Karin von Wyl
Susanne Wolf
Julia Wollscheid
Doris Wyss
David Zimmermann
Alex Zollinger
David Zorenč
Anna Zweifel

Awards & Grands

Selection

Award «Best architects» 21

Cultural youth centre Schappe Süd

Award «Best architects» 21

Primary school Nottwil

Award «Best architects» 18

Residential building Mühle

Award «Best architects» 16

Extension for the Thun Panorama

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

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

Recognition 'Prix Lignum 2018' Award

School building Nottwil

Recognition 'Gute Baukultur 2005-2016' Award

Residential building 'Mühle' Sempach

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»

2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
01.09.21
Award best architects 22
09.05.21
Internship
08.04.21
Twenty-Five Wor(l)ds
30.03.21
Completion Denkmalstrasse
02.03.21
Houses of the Year
01.03.21
Swiss Performance 2021
21.02.21
Preservation in South Asia
23.12.20
Completion "Paradies" Weggis
01.10.20
Publication "Vertical Factory"
16.07.20
bestarchitects 21 award
05.06.20
Plant manager’s residence
01.06.20
Vertical Factory
31.05.20
Topping-Out Denkmalstrasse
15.05.20
Paradise Residences
01.05.20
Residences in Winterthur
01.03.20
Workshop in Bangladesh
11.02.20
1st Price Rigi Competiton
21.11.19
Louis Kahn, Silence and Light
14.10.19
Exhibition 35 Years of S AM
01.09.19
Building permission
16.08.19
100 Experiments
25.06.19
Residential Landenberg
18.06.19
Topping-out ceremony Komax AG
06.06.19
BENGAL STREAM AT DAM FRANKFURT
03.06.19
Building permission
22.11.18
Bengal Stream in Bordeaux
18.10.18
Lecture in Skopje / Macedonia
28.09.18
Prix Lignum 2018
18.09.18
Award by STA Chicago
28.11.17
Exhibition Bengal Stream
01.11.17
The Designing Engineer
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: Köniz
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

08.04.21

Twenty-Five Wor(l)ds – Reflections in the Urban Space

Graber & Steiger Architects are looking back on a 25-year journey with a fruitful output of around two dozen buildings and numerous projects. As a retrospective of the past two and a half decades we have launched the project "Twenty-Five Wor(l)ds", which incorporates critical external views on our work to date and at the same time shows us perspectives for the future. "Twenty- Five Wor(l)ds" explores, among others the question of which poles influence a design orientation and how an indispensable, trans-regional discourse can be continued under new auspices.

25 positions from Bangladesh, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Austria, Portugal, the USA and Switzerland are formed into a multifaceted exchange that can be viewed by the public in a currently vacant store. At our domicile at Alpenstrasse 1, during one month, thoughts and images will radiate into the urban space of Lucerne and recall its significance as an important place of exchange. Passers-by, as well as the professional audience will be addressed in a sensual way with questions and statements about architecture, (urban) space and society.

The installation deliberately avoids the now common format of virtual online exhibitions or that of webinars, which often achieve neither depth nor sensuality. "Twenty-Five Wor(l)ds" is an attempt to liberate a dialogue that is in the interest of the general public from the increasing privacy of the channeled, virtual space and to let it appear instead in the real, collective space. The installation can ultimately also be seen as a contribution to how the public street space can be vitalized in an enriching way despite increased vacancies of business premises as a result of online consumption or the pandemic.

Twenty-Five Wor(l)ds – Reflections in the Urban Space

10 April- 10 Mai 2021, dailay 10 am - 10 pm
Extended till 31 Ma 2021

Storefront / Arcade Alpenstrasse 1, 6004 Lucerne

Graber & Steiger

01.09.21 Award best architects 22 09.05.21 Internship 08.04.21 Twenty-Five Wor(l)ds 30.03.21 Completion Denkmalstrasse 02.03.21 Houses of the Year 01.03.21 Swiss Performance 2021 21.02.21 Preservation in South Asia                      Instagram                      Design: C2F.CH                  
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