Education and academic careers
Annette Gigon was born on May 24, 1959 in Herisau, Switzerland. She graduated in architecture in 1984 from ETH Zurich. She worked in the offices of Marbach and Rüegg 1984–1986 and Herzog & de Meuron 1986–1988, and also in her own practice from 1987.
Mike Guyer was born on July 5, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio. He attended primary and high school in Zurich, and graduated in architecture in 1984 from ETH Zurich. He worked at Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam 1984–1987. He established his own office in 1987, and was an assistant lecturer under Prof. Hans Kollhoff at ETH Zurich 1987–1988.
Gigon and Guyer were visiting professors at EPF Lausanne 2001–2002, and visiting professors at ETH Zurich from 2008. Since 2012 they hold a joint Professorship for Architecture And Construction at ETH Zurich. Both are members of the Federation of Swiss Architects (BSA), and Annette Gigon is a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin.
Extension of Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Gigon/Guyer established its reputation in the 1990s through its work on houses and museums, notably the Kirchner Museum in Davos, devoted to the art of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Museum Liner in Appenzell. In 1998 it won 1st Prize in a competition for the design of the archaeological Museum and Park Kalkreise in Osnabrück, Germany, near the site of the ancient Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.
Since 2000, the practice has expanded its range to include residential development projects (many of which have won the “Good Architecture” awards of the municipalities in which they are located) and office buildings.
Recently Gigon/Guyer have completed several important projects in Zürich West, a former industrial district. They include Prime Tower, currently Switzerland’s tallest building, and a new office complex on Lagerstrasse, a collaborative project with Max Dudler and David Chipperfield. In the same district, they have designed a residential tower, office building, and two contemporary art museums as additions to Löwenbräu Areal, a former brewery and listed industrial landmark.
Tower of Museum and Park Kalkriese