Darwin's Theatre, BABL at Work

Darwin's Theatre, BABL at Work

Work and vision of remarkable Swiss firm BABL Bakker & Blanc architectes associés, in a unique book concept reflecting BABL's evolutionary approach

 

 

Title Information

Edited and with texts by Marco Bakker and Alexandre Blanc and with contributions by Roland Züger and Tim Kammasch

1st edition

, 2019

Hardback

612 pages, 154 color and 428 b/w illustrations and plans

22 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-130-2

Content

Marco Bakker and Alexandre Blanc established their architectural firm, BABL Bakker & Blanc architectes associés, in Switzerland in 1992. At their offices in Lausanne and Zurich, they develop designs that are modest yet reflect the high demands of the built environment.

Darwin’s Theatre, BABL at Work documents more than twenty-five years of the firm’s work and demonstrates their vision and approach through a selection of thirty-four built and unrealized designs. Inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s famous painting of the Tower of Babel, the book is conceived as a chronological spiral stairway to heaven that represents the evolution of eternal questions concerning space and time. This innovative concept reflects BABL’s continuous work on recurring questions and the realization that each of their projects is an iteration of earlier ideas.

Authors & Editors

Marco Bakker

 studied architecture at the TU in Delft with an intermediate year at the EPF in Lausanne. In 1992, he founded Bakker & Blanc together with Alexandra Blanc. Since 2013, the two architects share as associate professors the Laboratory for Spatial Manufacturing, MANS LAB, at the EPF in Lausanne.

Alexandre Blanc

 studied architecture at the EPF in Lausanne and started to collaborate in the office Diener & Diener in Basel. In 1992, he founded Bakker & Blanc together with Marco Bakker. Since 2013, the two architects share as associate professors the Laboratory for Spatial Manufacturing, MANS LAB, at the EPF in Lausanne.