Stücheli Architekten launched its FABER series on 26 January 2018 with a reading by Ralf Schlatter in the Ambassador House.
‘FABER – isn’t that a book by Max Frisch? A type of coloured pencil? A musician?’ asked Christof Glaus of Stücheli Architekten in his welcome address. While the word may have a number of associations, its origin is obvious: stemming from Latin, FABER originally meant ‘created by an artist or craftsperson’. But for Stücheli Architekten, FABER is first and foremost an experiment. Together with artists – i.e. ‘homo faber’ – we want to enter uncharted territory. We are no longer waiting for life to come to our buildings, but are pre-emptively bringing life to them.
The concept is simple: each year, we invite artists to use their vision to enrich one of our latest works. FABER can be almost anything – a photo report, a melody, a scent or even a love story – as is the case with FABER 01.
The first edition is dedicated to the new Ambassador House in Zurich-Opfikon, which finished renovations at the end of 2017. In this ‘big house’, author and comedian Ralf Schlatter created the story of a ‘small man’: Fräulein Schwarz und das Meer (Miss Black and the Sea).
If you'd like to know what Miss Black, the sea and the Ambassador House have to do with each other, or would like to apply as a ‘homo faber’ for one of the next editions, please contact: Sonja Lüthi, Communications, Stücheli Architekten, firstname.lastname@example.org