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The Sum of Its Parts - Architecture Office Exhibition

Monday, March 6, 2023

12:00 am - 12:00 am

For nearly 70 years villagers of New Glarus, Wisconsin have been transforming their village to perpetuate the architectural charm of their country of origin. Initially swissified by businessmen and then implemented as part of the building code as Article II: Swiss Architectural theme, New Glarus applies the well-known architectural elements of the Swiss chalet.

The Sum of its Parts brings together three collections of work from an undergraduate research studio inspired by the Swiss theme code of New Glarus. The exhibition features fourteen study models and fourteen corner assembly models built using found model kit parts of alpine buildings, as well as seven drawings of chalet elements and fourteen drawings of their respective arrangements. By representing the Swiss chalet through different means the work shows that learning from New Glarus goes beyond Swiss or American architecture; the Sum of its Parts explores a design methodology for the multiple and evolving forms of a significant building type.

Image shown: Student project by Ashel Jaimon and Luis Martinez

About Architecture Office:
Architecture Office is a Swiss-American practice led by Nicole McIntosh and Jonathan Louie. Their recent work has been exhibited at the Yale Architecture Gallery, the Kunsthaus Glarus and the 2021 Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. Their contributions to design and research have been recognized by the Architectural League of New York with the Young Architect’s Prize (2017), ACSA Faculty Design Award (2020), and Swiss Federal Office of Culture with the Swiss Art Awards (2022).

Mashburn Gallery, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design