Christ & Gantenbein: The Last Act of Design

Mar 20, 2019 - Apr 21, 2019 Tokyo, Kyoto

The Japan Swiss Architectural Association (JSAA) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan are pleased to announce the opening of «The Last Act of Design» by Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs of Christ & Gantenbein buildings by Italian photographer Stefano Graziani, prints of architectural drawings especially re-edited for the occasion, and 3D-printed models showcasing 9 unrealized buildings designed since 2007.

While providing a deep insight into Christ & Gantenbein's work, the exhibition will also investigate the very tools available to communicate architecture, such as drawings, architecture models and photography. Suggesting a «last act of design», the documents presented reflect on the way in which, once the design process is over, architecture can still be re-crafted by means of its manifold representation. Celebrating the first event held by the Japan Swiss Architectural Association (JSAA) established in 2018 as a platform for cultural exchange in the architectural field between Japan and Switzerland, the compilation of Christ & Gantenbein’s projects will be exhibited for the first time in Japan.