House of Switzerland: A Dictionary of Elements

Park Books

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Two softcover volumes with loose hardcover | 20.32 x 2.54 x 30.48 cm | 224 pp

Park Books | 2017 | 9783906027814

The House of Switzerland is a relocatable building serving as Switzerland's official visitor centre at major international events. The design and construction of this publication reflects the 'deconstructable' nature of the building. It features a book, a separately bound appendix and loose hard covers, all held together with a red rubber strap.

This book features a dictionary of all elements in the pavilion's building set by keyword, illustrated with images and plans and offering much technical detail. It presents the architectural and scenography concept and design, and also documents transport and assembly, again richly illustrated with photographs and plans and diagrams. 

The unique functional timber structure consists of four houses of different size that can be used in combination or individually. It offers a variety of rooms, such as restaurant, show rooms, covered outdoor stage, lounge, and a broadcasting studio. The 193 modular elements, tailored to fit in standard truck containers, can be transferred and re-assembled at a new location within days.

The design is by Spillmann Echsle Architects with Ortreport scenographers, both based in Zürich. The building's operational premiere were the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sotchi. Further stations the same year were the European Athletics Championships in Zürich, the Giro del Gusto in Milano, and the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

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