Biennale Leichtraum




Austrian Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2010


Venice, Italy




Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich


Invited participation


Eric Owen Moss


Mitsuhiro Kanada, Arup


Grüne Modellbau, Wolfratshausen

Installation, The Biennale Di Venezia, Venice 2010

This model offers a snapshot of an ongoing investigation in our professional and academic work. We are interested in structures and geometries that are based on rules, algorithms and logic. Yet, these structures should also be organic, adaptable to local conditions, and generative of differentiated spaces.

The structure is based on a hexagonal grid that can be continued indefinitely. According to programmatic, functional, or spatial needs, the grid can be adapted flexibly and provide large or small, narrow or wide spaces. Openings and courtyards provide light and allow for cells filled with green. Each module has three points of support in the form of ribbon columns. One side of the ribbon always sits on a module node. In turn, the other travels around the node, making the column dance. Twisting and turning in different directions, the columns provide stiffness on all sides. The model illustrates an idea of space as limitless, expandable, adaptable and therefore universal, but also local, specific, and differentiated.




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Multi-family house in Binz, Switzerland
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Seegarten Altendorf
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Urban Design

Technologycluster Zug
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Hafencity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
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Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
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National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Development studies

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland
Urban design concept

Urban design concept for a site in Uzwil, Switzerland

Urban design concept for a site in Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland

Urban design concept with public participation for Neugasse Zürich

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland

Urban System Research

Mobiglobe Autostadt Wolfsburg, Volkswagen, Germany
Mobility research

Strelka Institute, Moscow
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Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


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