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House Tour

Views of the Unfurnished Interior

Edited by Adam Jasper
Edited by Matthew van der Ploeg
Edited by Ani Vihervaara
Edited by Li Tavor
Edited by Alessandro Bosshard


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  • A critical consideration of contemporary housing interiors and their photographic representation as empty architectural spaces
  • Published to coincide with the exhibition Svizerra 240: House Tour at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale
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240cm is the standard distance between floor and ceiling in residential buildings: the height of the void we inhabit. In its precision, and its emptiness, the number reflects contemporary interior architecture’s condition. In a series of essays, House Tour explores an interior that is both familiar and seemingly uninhabited, critically celebrating a peculiar genre of representation, the architectural photography of an unfurnished interior. The authors – including anthropologists, architecture theorists and art historians – consider the ubiquitous contemporary apartment from an eye-level view, foregrounding the appearance and material presence of the architectural shell. They start out from photographs of unfurnished interiors found on the websites of leading Swiss architecture firms. They have a blank, labyrinthine appearance, with walls intersecting at oblique angles and exits seemingly leading nowhere, and show featureless rooms with seamless transitions between surfaces. House Tour offers answers to the quest for a new language that adequately describes this architecture. Published to accompany the Swiss Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 26 May – 25 November 2018.

About the Author

Adam Jasper is a researcher at the ETH Zurich's Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture. Matthew van der Ploeg is an American architect living and working in Zurich. Ani Vihervaara is a Finnish architect living and working in Zürich. Li Tavor lives in Zurich and works there as an architect and musician. Alessandro Bosshard lives and works as an architect in Zürich.

Park Books
18th Jun 2018
Paperback / softback
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
300 mm x 200 mm
128 Pages
100 color, 20 b&w
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