SIMON JÜTTNER & SEBASTIAN KOFINK
BUERO KOFINK SCHELS, MUNICH
Buero Kofink Schels is a Munich-based architecture practice established by Simon Jüttner and Sebastian Kofink in 2014. Working for private clients just as well as public institutions, their projects engage with all scales of architecture – from furniture, exhibitions and small conversions to housing and urbanism. Due to the given financial and logistical circumstances of the projects, their early work relied heavily on their own initiative and manual labour. This experience has led Buero Kofink Schels to develop an approach to architecture, that trusts methods more than habit and style, building on a fascination for straight forward craftsmanship, just as much as a scepticism towards the mere visible form. Having realised projects in Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain, their work has found national and international recognition. Sebastian currently teaches at the chair of Architectural Design and Construction at the TU Munich. Simon is a co-founder of the photographer-collective Pk-Odessa and has been teaching at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich.
Jean-Benoît Vétillard graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Brittany. Since 2009 he has been developing a series of personal projects ranging from devices and art/scenography to housing. The approach is non hierarchical, each project manifesting different scales of art, scenography and architecture. In 2014 he founded is own studio. He has been a professor at the École Spéciale d’Architecture (Paris), he is now teaching 'representation and visual culture' at the École d’Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires de Marne-la-Vallée. He is laureate of the Album des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes 2018.
MARIA CONEN & RAOUL SIGL
CONEN SIGL ARCHITEKTEN, ZÜRICH
Conen Sigl Architects is a Zurich based office founded in 2011 by Maria Conen and Raoul Sigl. Both of them studied architecture at the Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne and Zurich, where they graduated in 2005. The work of the office is mainly focused on smaller projects and conversions. The projects in existing structures allowed them to develop a specific attitude and achieve their own formal language. It is an architecture that tries to create strong spaces with specific atmospheres - both interior and exterior. In addition to smaller projects they are currently also working on the renovation of the Kunsthaus Glarus and on a larger new residential building projects in the outskirts of Zurich. Parallel to these building activities, the office is also involved in cultural projects. They were responsible for the exhibition design of the Manifesta 11 in Zurich and are also supervising the exhibition design for the Swiss Art Awards in Basel since 2017. In addition to their work in the office, they were actively involved in student teaching at Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and the Technical University of Munich.
KIM COURRÈGES & FELIPE DE FERRARI
PLAN COMÚN, SANTIAGO DE CHILE
Plan Común is a Chilean-French practice founded in 2012, currently based in Santiago and led by Felipe De Ferrari and Kim Courreges. Plan Común produces strategies to maximize and strengthen public and collective space -understood as a key aspect of architecture, regardless of its scale or program- by means of simple architecture tools, through a critical discourse, research, design and building. Plan Común uses a critical and strategic approach towards briefs and commissions, in order to question and transform spatial hierarchy and uses. They work within an ethic of the collective, aiming at relevance and usefulness for the many. Plan Común was part of several exhibitions: 'Form follows...' at Haus der Architektur Graz, 'Future Architecture Platform' at MAXXI in Rome, the 4th Lisbon Triennale and 25th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (2016), 'Forum Basel. Urban spaces for communal life' at Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel (2017), XX Chilean Architecture & Urban Design Biennial in Valparaiso (2017), 'Everything out the Door' at Campo Gallery in Rome (2017). Felipe and Kim both take part in the academy, teaching studio and workshops at Universidad Mayor and UC Architecture School in Santiago, and with a research on Santiago’s General Cementery as a metropolitan public space, involving a series of international workshops at UC Architecture School.