Annette Gigon graduated from the ETH in Zurich in 1984. In 1989 she and Mike Guyer founded Gigon/Guyer Architects in Zurich. Their firm soon attracted international attention with museum projects such as the Kirchner Museum in Davos, the Museum Extension in Winterthur, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, or the Archaeological Museum and Park in Kalkriese near Osnabrück, Germany. In addition to other museum projects, for instance, the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Gigon/Guyer have additionally devoted themselves to working out new solutions for both exclusive and cost-effective residential architecture and office buildings, among them, the office high-rise Prime Tower in Zurich, the Würth Haus Rorschach, and the remodeling of the Löwenbräu-Areal. Since 2012 Annette Gigon has been Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. The work of Gigon/Guyer has been honored with several prizes at home and abroad.

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Annette Gigon MCH Experience

  • Guest lecturer, Housing Projects at MCH'17
  • Guest lecturer, Housing Projects at MCH'18

Annette Gigon Exercise 2018

"Rethinking your hometown"

One-Day Exercise:


What can be improved, what should be changed in architecture / in housing specially in your hometown / in your country? - And what should remain?



Would you show one street in your hometown (with fotos from google earth, from above and from street level) and explain why you have chosen this street for you intervention. 


To begin with, please do explain: 

  • How is the climate in your hometown
  • What is your special interest in this street?
  • What are the problems yo be solved/to be improved with architecutre? (Noisy street? High rents? Old buildings in decay? Security?

Please, do show with plans how you would implement in this street one new house with 4-5 stories and 8 apartments. 

With the facade, the ground floor (with shop, atelier or privat) and the floor plans of the apartments above - with plans of the living room, the kitchen, the bedrooms, the staircase)

  • What would be the improvement of your intervention? Or maybe the intervention, the innovation?
  • What would be the adaptation to the special contect, to this specific street in your hometown?

Further Question / Task: 


Could you change or adapt your project, if you could build ten houses in this street instead of just one? - In other words, is it a solution for just one specific site in this street or could it also be used for a row of houses? (i.e. could the building be "multiplied" and would it produce an intereseting street?)


Annete Gigon MCH Exercise was held in Madrid on Friday 18th of May.

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