A Book about a Timber House on the Road



With the House of Switzerland made of Timber, the House of Switzerland officially represents the country at major international events. The timber house was designed in 2014 by Spillmann Echsle Architects from Zurich for the Swiss Foreign Ministry. Now a book is dedicated to the mobile house, where Timbatec was responsible for the timber construction.

The House of Switzerland, made of timber, advertised Switzerland for the first time in winter 2014 at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. It was the place where the Swiss athletes celebrated their medals and Switzerland received official guests. There was also a TV studio and a restaurant in the House of Switzerland. Since Sochi, the house has served as Switzerland's showcase and guest house on a wide variety of international occasions. Among others, it was still in Zurich in 2014 for the European Championships in Athletics, at the Expo in Milan in 2015 and last year during the World Cup in Rio.

Mobile Timber Construction

The innovative timber construction of the building consists of four houses, which can be used individually or in combination. The construction, designed by the Zurich office of Spillmann Echsle Architekten together with the scenographers Ortreport, consists of a total of 193 building elements. They are designed for loading into standard containers. This makes it very easy to transport the house from one place to another and to erect and dismantle it within a few weeks. 

Comprehensive House documentation 

A book now documents the House of Switzerland in detail. "House of Switzerland: An encyclopedia of elements - innovative Swiss timber architecture on a journey around the world" (Park Books Publishing House) comprises of 240 pages. Numerous photos, plans, illustrations, and texts by various authors describe mobile construction - not only the individual elements of the construction kit, but also the concept, architecture, and scenography as well as construction and transport. In addition to the text contributions, the book also contains an interview by editor Christoph Wieser with Annette Spillmann and Harald Echsle from the lead architectural office and Nicolas Bideau from Presence Switzerland of the Swiss Foreign Ministry.    

Further information on the book about the House of Switzerland can be found here.




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