Christ Gantenbein

Christ & Gantenbein is an international practice dedicated to the broad realm of architecture. Founded in 1998 by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein, and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the office employs a team of 100 architects from 20 countries. The firm's most prominent completed projects include the expansion and transformation of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich and the extension of the Kunstmuseum Basel, both of which are cultural landmarks with a global reach. In recent years, the office completed the Lindt Home of Chocolate, a monumental yet versatile space for Lindt & Sprüngli in Zurich, and the Multifunctional Workspace Building for Roche in Germany, which represents a new interpretation of contemporary collaboration. In 2023, the firm completed the New Aare Bridge, a modern infrastructure construction that also serves as a part of the city, as well as the Vaugirard Housing development in Paris. Since 2017, they have been developing the masterplan of the Wolf Areal in Basel, one of Switzerland’s biggest brownfields. Currently, C&G is working on a diverse range of projects across Europe. Among them are the extension of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, a housing and office building in the historic center of Hamburg, a new laboratory and office building in St. Gallen, the extension for the MACBA in Barcelona or the Kunstmuseum Main Building Renovation in Basel, and the refurbishment of the Swiss National Library in Bern. Since 2022, they have been creating the exhibition design of the itinerant art fair Paris Internationale. Highlighting the diversity of scale and program the office operates in, the Zurich University Hospital project, which is currently in development, will transform an entire district of Switzerland's most populous city, providing healthcare and medical research with an unrivaled new home. Along with the Deezen Architect of the Year Award (2018) in recognition of their "substantial body of work and mature portfolio," further distinctions include the Design Miami/Panerai Visionary Award (2017), the Essence Award – Gold Prize (2016), the Red Dot Award "Best of the Best" prize (2016), the Architizer Jury Award and "Most Influential Project Award" (2022), Iconic Award and the "100 Architects of the Year" award (2023). Practice and research are intertwined in the work of Christ & Gantenbein, an aspect reflected in Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein's ongoing academic teaching. Since 2018, they have been full professors of architecture and design at ETH Zurich and, in 2021, were appointed as Kenzo Tange Design Critics in Architecture at the Harvard GSD. Before that, they taught at the ETH Studio Basel (2000–2005), the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (2004, 2006, 2009), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (2008), ETH Zurich (2010–2015), as well as at Harvard GSD (2015 – 2017). Publications include Pictures from Italy (2011), Christ & Gantenbein: Around the Corner (2012); Typology: Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Buenos Aires, Zürich (2012), Typology: Paris, Delhi, São Paulo, Athens (2015), and the recent Lux Guyer - Obere Schiedhalde (2023). Their work is also featured in monographs such as a+u and 2G. In the spring of 2019, Christ & Gantenbein presented the first monographic exhibition of their most iconic buildings in Japan with “The Last Act of Design”. The same year, the studio contributed pieces to “The Poetics of Reason” at the 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. In 2017 the practice was invited to contribute to the Chicago Architecture Biennale, while the previous year, it participated in the 15th Venice Biennale “Reporting from the Front”. In May 2021, Uzbekistan presented its first national pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Biennial, titled "MAHALLA: Urban Rural Living," curated by Christ & Gantenbein. In 2023, a selection of 21 architectural models were exhibited at the House of Art in ?eské Bud?jovice.

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