Holzer Kobler Architekturen was founded in 2004 by Barbara Holzer and Tristan Kobler. Both are known as pioneers in the design of exhibitions. A multitude of projects have been created since they founded the firm. Their first large joint project was the design of the Arteplage Yverdon for the Swiss Expo 02, as well as the exhibition concept for Swish and the Heimatfabrik. A large number of projects in the field between exhibition design, interior design and architecture have been created in the last few years, among them the extensive redesign of the permanent exhibitions for the Swiss National Museum in Zürich. They designed the sculptural building of the visitors" centre as well as the exhibition inside for the sensational discovery of the Nebra Sky Disk. Holzer and Kobler works are distinguished by atmospheric, memorable images. Playful and provocative at once, they elicit an emotional response from the viewer. Scenography and architecture confront each other in an inspiring interplay. While the architectural designs serve the narrative elements, the exhibition projects are like architectural experiments.
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Barbara Holzer (born in 1968) and Tristan Kobler (born in 1963) studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Both architects lecture as professors at renowned universities. Barbara Holzer worked as a freelancer in the areas of architecture and exhibition design until 1999, when she established her own firm, d-case. Tristan Kobler created around 70 exhibitions as architect, curator and scenographer. He founded Morphing Systems in the same year that Barbara Holzer founded her firm. Since 2004 they jointly direct the firm of Holzer Kobler Architekturen, which carries out projects in the areas of culture and the economy in Switzerland and abroad.
250 colour illustrations