Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order

Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order

The work of Rolf Mühlethaler and considerations about the task and skills of an architect.



Title Information

Edited by Architekturgalerie Luzern

1st edition

, 2017

Text English and German


80 pages, 28 color and 31 b/w illustrations

22 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-039-8


Rolf Mühlethaler is an award-winning Swiss architect whose approach is characterized by a comprehensive analysis of local and historical contexts in combination with a deep conceptual understanding of structural elements, symmetry, simplicity, and repetition. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience—twenty with his own Bern-based firm, Rolf Mühlethaler Architekt—he carefully designs and crafts his buildings with an eye toward balancing these concerns, or creating a fragile order.

Published to accompany an exhibition at Architekturgalerie Luzern, Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order presents the first comprehensive English-language look at Mühlethaler’s complete body of work. The architect has realized projects for both public and private clients, including single- and multi-family residences, schools, studios, and office spaces, as well as conversions of historic industrial buildings. Richly illustrated throughout with photographs that capture all stages of the process, from design sketches to completed projects, Rolf Mühlethaler—Fragile Order will be of interest to architects and structural and building engineers.

With an introduction by Toni Häfliger and Martin Schuler and conversations between Rolf Mühlethaler and Silke Langenberg, Tivadar Puskas, Jürg Rehsteiner, and Florian Riegler, moderated and edited by Christoph Schläppi.

Named one of the Most Beautiful Books in Austria 2017.


Designed by Gabriele Lenz, lenz+ Büro für visuelle Gestaltung, Wien.

Authors & Editors

Toni Häfliger

, architect, Head of Historic Conservation at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) from 2001 to 2010.

Silke Langenberg

 teaches as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Applied Sciences Munich.

Tivadar Puskas

 is an architect and executive director with Schnetzer Puskas Engineers in Basel.

Jürg Rehsteiner

 is chief architect at the city of Lucerne's Department of Construction and Urban Development.

Florian Riegler

 is a principal with Riegler Riewe Architects in Graz and a professor of architecture at Berlin's Universität der Künste.

Christoph Schläppi

 is a lecturer of architectural criticism at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur.

Martin Schuler

 member of the Management Board of the architect's office DEON AG in Lucerne and Executive Director of the Architekturgalerie Luzern Foundation.