Foros 2016: Pascal Flammer

Pascal Flammer, Swiss architect and winner of the 2014 Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture to the best intervention in a natural landscape for his design of a house and office in Balsthal, will be giving a talk in the Foros 2016 cycle, “Origin”. During the conference organized by the School of Architecture at UIC Barcelona. Flammer will be reflecting on the influence in his architecture of system, concept and composition.

“Precarious Balance” is the title of Flammer’s talk about how, in his work, system, concept and composition are superposed, in some cases producing multiple levels of interpretation. His work moves in the contradiction between simplicity and complexity, certainty and ambiguity, and logic and its apparent absence. For Pascal Flammer, architecture is about proposing a way of life, where the important thing is not so much the building or the architect as the values offered by each new intervention.

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Pascal Flammer

Pascal Flammer studied architecture at the ETH Zürich, Lausanne, TU Delft and has travelled extensively in Europe, South America as well as the Middle and Far East. He opened his practice in 2005 and has won several national and international awards. Pascal gained his experience through his time at Valerio Olgiati, where he worked from 1998 until 2005. He has taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, the GSD at Harvard University and at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. He is currently teaching at ETH Zürich.

Among Pascal Flammer’s featured projects, we can find works such as:

House en Balsthal

This house in northern Switzerland, by local architect Pascal Flammer, frames views of a vast rural landscape through round and rectangular windows, as well as through entire walls of glazing.

Located between a wheat field and a thicket of woodland, House in Balsthal is an archetypal wooden cabin with a steeply pitched roof and overhanging eaves, but also integrates modern touches such as full-height glazing and flush detailing.

Pascal Flammer specified timber for the building’s structure, cladding and joinery. Externally, the wooden surfaces are stained black, while inside the material is left uncoloured to show its natural grain.

Museum Old Armory

This seventeenth Century building has been transformed into a museum. We decided to keep the original historic building intact, only removing the heavy stone floor slabs that were causing the massive timber structure of the old building to subside. There are two further interventions; an external lift shaft with stairs and services on the rear facade, and on the side elevation, a new exhibition building with its own garden.

The outline of the extension follows the form of the existing museum. In the interior of the extension the ceiling incline is subdivided; one half is a double pitch and the other a mono-pitch thereby creating an axially symmetric and an independent space in one volume. On outside, the extension roof follows the line of the existing historic building. Inside, the extension is its own independent space.

This is a good opportunity to continue learning from the branches of architecture so we invite you to join us at Foros 2016:

Date: Monday, 25 April 2016 – 7 p.m.
Lecture: Precarious Balance
Place: UIC Barcelona School of Architecture, Aula Magna (Main Hall) – C/ Immaculada 22, Barcelona
Language: English
Admission: free


Guillermo Marfà Permanyer, UIC Barcelona School of Architecture.
Source: Archello and Plataforma Arquitectura

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