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HHF Architects

HHF Architects was founded in 2003 by Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann and Simon Frommenwiler. Since then, HHF Architects have realized numerous projects in Switzerland, Germany, China, France, Mexico and the USA. The scope of work ranges from urbanism and large-scale construction to public pavilions and interior design.

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2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial's "Labyrinth" Demonstrates Novel Approaches to Design and Cities

10:20 - 27 September, 2017

On the ground floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, Labyrinth—a cluster of installations and exhibitions occupying a warren of rooms as part the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial—serves as the visitor's introduction to participants' responses to the theme, Make New History. In this short film, architects including Jürgen Mayer H., Freek Persyn (51N4E) and Philip F. Huan (Archi-Union) present their projects and reflect on their work, process, and involvement in North America's largest architectural event.

15 Must-See Installations at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

12:00 - 22 September, 2017

With the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial in full swing and open to the public until January 7, 2017, we've scoured the galleries, halls and corridors of the Chicago Cultural Center to bring you our favorite fifteen installations. Documented through the lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu and assembled by our Editorial Team on location, this selection intends to shed light on the breadth, scope and preoccupations of Make New History – the largest architecture event in North America.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 45

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants

11:00 - 6 March, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants, James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the list of participants invited to contribute to the event’s second edition, which will be held from September 16 to January 7, 2018 in Chicago. More than 100 architecture firms and artists have been selected by 2017 artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founders of Los Angeles–based Johnston Marklee, to design exhibitions that will be displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center and throughout the city.

“Our goal for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is to continue to build on the themes and ideas presented in the first edition,” explained Johnston and Lee. “We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice.”

HHF Architects + Westpol Win Switzerland Apartment Tower Competiton

08:00 - 18 February, 2017
HHF Architects + Westpol Win Switzerland Apartment Tower Competiton, Courtesy of HHF Architects
Courtesy of HHF Architects

HHF Architects, in collaboration with landscape architects from Westpol, have won a competition with their design for Jardin Métropole, a 30-meter-tall apartment tower and neighboring green space. Located in Biel, Switzerland, the project is expected to become the symbol of the city and contribute to the area’s general enhancement through its angled cube massing and public element.

Based on the theme of a “city garden,” the building will constitute the beginning of a new, park-like passage to Rue du Moulin, and will feature access to gardens with private planting beds, a shared roof terrace, and landscaped loggains.

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HHF Architects Design Moving Pavilion for ZeitRäume in Basel

08:00 - 12 September, 2015
HHF Architects Design Moving Pavilion for ZeitRäume in Basel, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

HHF architects has created a temporary pavilion for the first biennial for contemporary music and architecture ZeitRäume in Basel, Switzerland.

At nearly six meters tall, the installation is constructed of simple parts:  “a large drum made of bamboo poles, with a roof of scaffolding brackets.” While seemingly basic in construction, the pavilion additionally features movement in the roof portion, when blown by the wind.

HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination

09:00 - 21 February, 2015
HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination, Courtesy of HHF
Courtesy of HHF

Swiss firm HHF Architects have released images and drawings for "Parking & More," a mixed-use structure and public facility for Basel's Dreispitz quarter.

An addition to an existing steel parking complex, "Parking & More" combines a parking lot with eateries, sport facilities, and shops, "creating a vibrant and lively street and a partially covered urban plaza." The project is adjacent to BIG's Transitlager ad Herzog & de Meuron's 312 Helsinki Dreispitz, forming a triumvirate of new developments that reflect the area's rapid rates of densification and urbanisation. Read more about "Parking & More" and view selected images after the break.

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Lichtstrasse / HHF Architects

00:00 - 16 February, 2015
Lichtstrasse / HHF Architects, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Maris Mezulis © Maris Mezulis © Julien Lanoo © Maris Mezulis + 39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lichtstrasse 9, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Cella Hubel, Nicole Baron, Philippe Guillod, Walter Gloor, Yujin Hirase, Lisa Lo, Daichi Takano, Jens Van Zele, Christian Weyell
  • Artist

    Erik Steinbrecher
  • Area

    3059.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

House D / HHF Architects

01:00 - 2 September, 2012
House D / HHF Architects, © Tom Bisig
© Tom Bisig

© Tom Bisig © Tom Bisig © Tom Bisig © Tom Bisig + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nuglar-Skt Pantaleon, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Markus Leixner, Anna Smorodinsky, Mio Tsuneyama
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Pavilions and Follies of the Parc des Bords de Seine / AWP + HHF

04:00 - 9 January, 2012
© AWP - HHF, Sbda
© AWP - HHF, Sbda

The series of a pavilions with different public functions and programs by AWP + HHF Architects are part of a future 113 hectare large public green space along the Seine river, in Carrière-Sous-Poissy, at the end station of the RER line A and close the renown Villa Savoye from Le Corbusier. The Park designed by the Paris based landscape architects Agence TER will be a public park and ecological showcase for local residents and a leisure destination for people living in and around Paris. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lookout Point Espinazo del Diablo / HHF architects

01:00 - 17 May, 2011
Lookout Point Espinazo del Diablo / HHF architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jalisco, Mexico
  • Architects

    HHF architects
  • Project Team

     Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann, Simon Frommenwiler, Alexa den Hartog, Janna Jessen
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Labels Berlin 2 / HHF Architects

01:00 - 3 November, 2010
Labels Berlin 2 / HHF Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    10245 Berlin, Germany
  • Client

    Labels Projektmanagment GmbH & Co KG
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

01:00 - 2 February, 2009
Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ancram, United States
  • Architects

    HHF Architects + Ai WeiWei
  • Design Team

    HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER & AI WEIWEI with Bhavana Hameed, Tom Strub, Fumiko Takahama, Magnus Zwyssig
  • Structural Engineering

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • Construction Management

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • General Contractor

    Robert Reed Construction, Germantown, NY
  • Client

    Private
  • Area

    375.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

Artfarm / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

01:00 - 22 January, 2009
Artfarm / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Salt Point, Pleasant Valley, NY, United States
  • Design Team

    HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER & AI WEIWEI with Tom Strub, Fumiko Takahama
  • Structural Engineering

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • Construction Management

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • Client

    Christophe W. Mao / Chambers Fine Art
  • Budget

    US $321,700
  • Area

    373.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs