With our FABER series of works, we invite you to explore architecture in a new way every year. With this fifth edition, we discover the olfactory world. We all know the familiar smell of our own home. But we find it difficult to name exactly what it is made up of. It seems to arise by chance, the result is unique and cannot be reproduced. What would a perfume smell like that was inspired on the smell of a flat or a building?
For FABER05, perfumer Andreas Wilhelm set himself precisely this task. Inspired by the materials, colours, shape and function of the HIF research building, he has created a fragrance that evokes associations with the building's architecture. Mint gives the perfume a fresh effect and is reminiscent of the cool metal from which the façade and the supporting structure are constructed. Corps Racine provides a dry, dusty note and represents the concrete. The result is a unique composition of twenty natural and synthetic fragrances, the eau de perfume "05".
FABER is a series of works by Stücheli Architekten AG. At the beginning of each year, creatives are invited to add their own perspective to the office's current buildings.
Publication frequency: annually 5th year
December 2023 Circulation 500 copies ISSN 2571-6433
Publisher: Stücheli Architekten AG, Binzstrasse 18, 8045 Zurich
FABER 05, 2023: "05", an olfactory homage by perfumer Andreas Wilhelm to the HIF research building on the ETH Hönggerberg campus
FABER01, 2018: "Fräulein Schwarz und das Meer", a love story by Ralf Schlatter about the Ambassador House
FABER02, 2019: "White Noise", seven compositions by Marcel Vaid about the Lakeview Residence Villas
FABER03, 2020: "DODAR - the WOLF", a film by schwarzpictures.com about the Lufthansa Aviation Training Centre
FABER04, 2022: "Das erfrischende Bad im See", an illustration by Matthias Gnehm on the occasion of the complete renovation of the Utoquai 55 office building; original: 68 x 95 cm, chalk and graphite on acid-free cardboard
Even as a child, Andreas Wilhelm realised that he had a sensitive nose. The Zurich native completed an apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory technician at Givaudan and then learnt the craft of perfumery at the Luzi company. He worked for various fragrance manufacturers and later became in-house perfumer at Weleda. In 2008, he founded the "Wilhelm Perfume" studio and has been producing custommade fragrance solutions ever since - be it a classic eau de parfum or an artistic fragrance installation. He launched his own fragrance label in 2017 with "PERFUME.SUCKS". Andreas Wilhelm has received several awards for his work. In 2018 he won the Swiss Fragrance Foundation Award FiFi with "Gisada Donna" and in 2023 an Art and Olfaction Award with his creation "Fuchsrot" for Bodé Studio.
History of ETH Campus Hönggerberg
1957: Start of planning and decision to expand ETH on the Hönggerberg
1961-1969: First construction phase under the direction of Albert Heinrich Steiner
1972-1976: Second construction phase, construction of the HIF and HIL research and teaching buildings by Erik Lanter and Max Ziegler
1996-2004: Third construction phase
2005: "Science City" masterplan
2015: "Campus Hönggerberg 2040" masterplan
From 2005: Fourth construction phase
9000 m2 laboratories, 2700 m2 offices, 120 m2 seminar rooms, 1100 m2 workshops, 3100 m2 experimental hall