Christ & Gantenbein is a leading architectural practice based in Basel, Switzerland. Interested in the sustainability of form, their landmark projects mix the ancient and modern in beguiling ways. The firm’s haptic approach unexpectedly challenges materials, using them in a sensitive yet versatile manner.
Founded in 1998 by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein, the studio today staffs a team of around 70 collaborators. Their award-winning largescale renovations and expansions of the «Swiss National Museum» in Zurich as well as of the «Kunstmuseum Basel» (both 2016) cemented their position as builders of cultural space. Residential and office buildings – such as the «Opération Vaugirard» social housing project in Paris (under construction), the «Westhof» residential building in Munich (2018), the «Flexible Office Building FOB Roche» in Grenzach (under construction) and a «Mixed-use Tower» in Pratteln (2016) – along with projects such as the «Chocolate Competence Center, Lindt & Sprüngli» (under construction) and the recently won competition for the renovation and expansion of the «University Hospital Zurich» (since 2018), testimony of the flexibility of their approach and their interest in handling a variety of programs and sites.
Since graduating from ETH Zurich in 1998, Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein have 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), at the ETH Zurich (2010–2015) as well as at the Harvard GSD (2015–2017). In 2018 Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein were appointed Full Professors of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich.
Previous publications include «Pictures from Italy. Review No. I» (Park Books, 2011), «Christ & Gantenbein. Around the Corner» (Hatje Cantz, 2012), «Typology. Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Buenos Aires, Zurich. Review No. II» (Park Books, 2012) and «Typology. Paris, Delhi, São Paulo, Athens. Review No. III» (Park Books, 2015). The architectural work of Christ & Gantenbein is featured in the monographs «a+u. 535» (2015) and «2G N°68» (2014).
In addition to a number of awards – including the «Wienerberger Brick Award» (2018), the «Design Miami/Panerai Visionary Award» (2017), the «best architect Gold» (2017 und 2018) as well as the «Red Dot Award. Grand Prix» (2016) – 2018 Christ & Gantenbein received the «Deezen Architect of the Year Award», in recognition of their ‹substantial body of work and mature portfolio›.
In 2016 Christ & Gantenbein were invited to contribute to the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale «Reporting From The Front» and the 4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale «The Form Of Form». In 2017 they participated in the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennale «Make New History». In spring 2019 «The Last Act of Design» – as the first monographic exhibition by Christ & Gantenbein in Japan presented the office’s most relevant built projects.