Exhibition about mobile housing Art / Architecture / Design

Experiment the habitat
Genthod/Geneva
June 11 – Aug 28, 2022

OPEN HOUSE is an exhibition that showcases innovative and original forms of habitat through projects from the fields of art, architecture, design and humanitarian aid in the beautiful Parc Lullin in Genthod on the lakefront, 15 minutes from Geneva.

Throughout the summer, the exhibition allows visitors to discover 35 pavilions, mobile constructions, livable sculptures, tiny houses or spaces evoking the theme of habitat in all its forms.

Whether flexible, mobile or utopian, a habitat has a form and a function that responds to numerous criteria, needs, lifestyles or desires. OPEN HOUSE presents a wide spectrum of original objects to challenge our habits and prejudices and thus feed our imagination.

OPEN HOUSE is an event conceived and directed by Simon Lamunière, former curator of Art Unlimited in Basel and specialist in large-scale art in public space.

Parc Lullin, 2-4 rue du Village, 1294 Genthod

Tel: + 41 76 448 64 36

Wed — Sun 12h — 19h (closed Mon-Tue)

Full price 16.—
Reduced (seniors, students, teenagers (12-18) unemployed, aica), CHF 8.—
Families (2 adults + children under 12), CHF 30.—
Groups (minimum 10 people), per person CHF 10.—

You can buy tickets online or on site.

Session IV

Experience

Living
the habitat

11 June — 28 August 2022

With Adiff, Angela Luna, Alex Shirley-Smith, Andreas Kressig, Anupama Kundoo, Andrea Zittel, Atelier Van Lieshout, Bettershelter, Carla Juaçaba, CICR, Maurizio Cattelan & Philippe Parreno, Didier Fuiza Faustino, Eduardo Böhtlingk, EPFL Alice, Fabrice Gygi, Fiona Meadows, Freeform, Frida Escobedo, Gramazio/Kohler, HEAD – Genève, Hepia, Joëlle Allet, John Armleder, Ken Isaacs, Kerim Seiler, Lang/Baumann, Marcel Lachat, Matti Suuronen, Monica Ursina Jäger, N55, Annexe, Rahbaran Hürzeler Architects, RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), Shelterprojects, Una Szeemann, Van Bo Le Mentzel.

Genthod / Geneva
Photo du projet The trench de Angela Luna

The trench

Angela Luna

This jacket was created in 2016 by Angela Luna after she became aware of the extent of the social and humanitarian crisis.
She realised that donated clothing does not always correspond to local needs.
She proposes a thoughtful design for a humanitarian application to clothing with her creations, whose form follows function. The trench coats are one size fits all, contain pockets for storage, are waterproof and insulating, and can be converted into a tent for mobile living.
Through this hacking of the fashion industry, ADIFF is redistributing a trench coat/tent to a homeless person for every purchase on their website in a one-buy-one-give system. This initiative has already resulted in over a thousand tents and nearly $80,000 to its employees.

The trench

Photo du projet A–Z Escape Vehicule de Andrea Zittel
Julien Gremaud

A–Z Escape Vehicule

Andrea Zittel

In the 1990s, the American artist Andrea Zittel founded A-Z, based between New York and the Mojave Desert in California. This place is the site where, working out of the processes of her own daily life, she creates minimalist housing modules, furniture, clothing, and food concepts. 
A-Z Escape Vehicule is one of the first modules she imagined. From the outside, the object looks like a tiny caravan or a sensory isolation cabin. Ten A-Z Escape Vehicles were built in a Californian motor home company, with the idea that their owners could customize them as they wished. Zittel has kept one of them, whose interior resembles the grotto that Ludwig II of Bavaria had built. The one on display at Open House belongs to the Vitra Museum. Inside, a chair between two mirrors allows for an infinite reflection of oneself against a sky blue background.

A–Z Escape Vehicule

Photo du projet Envelop de Andreas Kressig

Envelop

Andreas Kressig

More than once Andreas Kressig has blended the fields of mobility and shelter by putting out works that are more likely to bear up our imaginations than transport our bodies, even if, from making to viewing the piece, the connection with the body remains essential. 
It’s a new “human-scale environmental sculpture” that the artist has put together for Open House. A rectangular shape overall, it sports on its sides four vertical wings. The flexible solar panels employed here come from the inventory of a bankrupt business, victim of the laws of the market. Even if the artist is very interested in light, and the energy used to produce it, the flexible panels allow him in particular to structure Envelop and infuse it with its futurist look.

Envelop

Photo du projet Ground Work de Annex

Ground Work

Annex

In 1958 in Zurich, the second national Schweizerische Ausstellung für Frauenarbeit (SAFFA) or “Swiss Exhibition of Women’s Work” was mounted by several women’s groups. It aimed to raise awareness of the importance of women’s work and encourage their advancement. For the event, the Swiss architect Berta Rahm deployed the large easy-to-disassemble pavilion of the Milanese architect Carlo Pagani and designed a small annex. The latter, rediscovered in the spring of 2020, is one of the rare pieces that have come down to us from SAFFA 58 and the body of work by one of the first female architects in Switzerland. 
For Open House, Annexe has created a brick floor that matches the same surface area as the original annex but in the shape of a circle that fits nicely into Lullin Park. The spaces are indicated by the differences in the bricks’ composition. During a workshop in May 2021, the participants measured off, dug, flattened, filled with gravel, leveled, and adjusted with sand the project site before finally setting the bricks firmly in place with packed earth. Ground Work recalls the foundation, the base – literally and figuratively – that is needed in any construction.

Ground Work

Photo du projet Power House de Anupama Kundoo

Power House

Anupama Kundoo

It all began in 1990 when the young graduate of Mumbai’s architecture school Anupama Kundoo discovered Auroville, where she designed her first project, which was to be her home and first place for pursuing experimentation.
Power House is the outcome of a workshop led by the architect and students of the Hochschüle für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW. The workshop was about tackling in a concrete way and through collaborative design the issues surrounding the act and idea of building in our age of climate change and increasingly severe social inequalities.
This prototype develops a light housing environment that blends different levels of technology: a roofing solution that is lightweight following the folding motifs seen in origami, which imbue the sheet of paper with additional force and rigidity, as well as low wooden walls between the modules delineate the more collective exterior spaces.

Power House

Photo du projet Drop Hammer House de Atelier Van Lieshout

Drop Hammer House

Atelier Van Lieshout

The idea of Drop Hammer House is to represent destruction, recycling, and production in a circular economy: a 13 m-high tower serves as an elevated point from which to drop a heavy weight onto objects placed underneath the machine to be able to subsequently make new things. The structure is made of steel the inside of which is lined with polyester resin, the studio’s trademark. As in many of their projects, the result takes on a dystopian appearance. The paradox of the machine of destruction, combined with a dwelling where the device becomes the dwelling, inspires here a visual metaphor of various schools of thought that took shape in the 1950s around the industrialization of human beings themselves.

Drop Hammer House

Photo du projet Refugee House Unit de UNHCR et Better Shelter

Refugee House Unit

UNHCR et Better Shelter

The RHU (Refugee Housing Unit) is the result of a collaborative research process initiated in 2010 by Better Shelter, a Swedish company, working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and with support from the IKEA Foundation. The aim was to develop an emergency shelter that would enhance the protection of displaced populations while providing them with decent accommodation.
The building provides 17.5 m2 of living space for five people, or 3.5 m2 per person, in accordance with minimum standards. A curtain divides the space, providing privacy and more flexible use of the space. Solar panels provide light and recharge the phone batteries. Finally, there is a locking system to secure the door of the dwelling. The RHU is delivered as a ready-to-assemble kit, easy to transport, store and assemble.

Refugee House Unit

Photo du projet Fil d'air de Carla Juaçaba

Fil d’air

Carla Juaçaba

A series of ultra-resistant ropes measuring some 30 m long cross the landscape. Each is weighted with 1 m-long brass elements, whose rigid and repetitive presence contrasts with the supple and gently curving ropes. Taking advantage of the slope, the ropes seem to leave the ground behind little by little and rise to as high as 6 m before disappearing into the forest. They are a form of architecture with no particular aim, which work the relief and diversity of the site while punctuating the space. This intervention by Carla Juaçaba is emblematic of the way the brazilian architect works. A stong example of her work is the open chapel designed for the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture, consisted solely of four slender 10 m-long chromium steel beams.

Fil d’air

Photo du projet Tente familiale de CICR

Tente familiale

CICR

The CICR, among other efforts, works to increase the protection afforded to persons affected by conflicts and other situations of instability.
In the Open House show, it is only a cloth pack of less than 0.3 m3, just 48 kg of synthetic fabric. The result of numerous tests and studies, this model has been improved with respect to older types, made to last longer, better resist UVs as well as fire, and avoid rot and mold in tropical environments. And it has to be transportable and easy to mount since the logistics of getting it to where it is needed is a fundamental element. When opened, the tent boasts a geodesic shape for greater stability, three layers of fabric, and a double roof for better insulation. All the same, it is only 18.3 m2 for five people ideally, i.e., 3.5 m2 per person.

Tente familiale

Photo du projet A Home is not a Hole de Didier Fiúza Faustino

A Home is not a Hole

Didier Fiúza Faustino

Somewhere between art and architecture, Faustino has been working on the connection between the body and space. His Bureau des mésarchitectures, which he founded in Paris in 2001, is a nod to the artist and anarchitect Gordon Matta Clark.
D idier Fiúza Faustino designed the polyhedral structure of A Home Is Not a Hole for a plot of land in the Lapedo Valley on the prehistoric site of Lagar Velho in Portugal. With its fragility and pre- carious balance, it has no particular function. Yet it looks like a cell, a minimalist dwelling, which forces us to wonder what architecture is. The artist and architect speaks of this piece as a monument to emptiness, a cosa mentale, a thing of the mind. It functions in the very oppo- site way the protector of a dwelling would since the object which gives off light is closed upon itself. A kind of black hole turned inside out.

A Home is not a Hole

Photo du projet De Markies de Eduard Böhtlingk

De Markies

Eduard Böhtlingk

Eduard Böhtlingk, a Dutch architect, opened in 1982 an architectural firm in the Netherlands, after obtaining a PhD in Australia. His work is oriented towards research in ecology for sustainable solutions as well as using natural lighting in buildings.
De Markies originally was the response to a competition whose theme was temporary housing. However, its technical specifications make it more than a simple shelter since De Markies conforms to all the legal regulations for a category B vehicle, in other words a camper. The particularity of this trailer lies in the butterfly installation of the side awnings; in just two minutes, the ground surface is more than tripled and two rooms are added on. The esthetic point of view proposed by Böhtlingk is inspired by the Dutch tradition in housing construction.

De Markies

Photo du projet BECOMING LÉMAN de EPFL Laboratoire ALICE

BECOMING LÉMAN

EPFL Laboratoire ALICE

ALICE is an architecture laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The laboratory has based its pedagogy on concrete practice in the form of “Houses”, a program in which students go through all the different phases of architecture.
Since 2018, the ALICE laboratory has embarked on a new educational project, BECOMING LEMAN, which aims to make Lake Geneva and its surroundings a laboratory where to collectively and globally rethink the relationship between human society and its environment. It is part of a local approach, but also of a regional and cross-border dialogue. 
The project realized for Open House during a semester in 2021 took place at the Bains du Saugy and involved a pedestrian extension over the water, a large staircase down to the lake and mobile floating elements.

BECOMING LÉMAN

Photo du projet Table-tente de Fabrice Gygi

Table-tente

Fabrice Gygi

This Tent-Table is disturbing. If the furniture itself is clearly worn, the canvas is in perfect condition, sewn with professional care, perfectly stretched, fixed to the floor and to the table with some kind of screws, and equipped with air vents. This kind of meticulous stitching has since become one of the Swiss artist’s trademarks.
What comes to mind here is perhaps a child who has turned the table on which he does his homework into a hut, a teepee or a scout’s tent. Or those countries frequently afflicted by earthquakes where schoolchildren are taught to take refuge under their desks in case of an alarm. Both make sense, since Gygi’s work abounds in such two-sided or even duplicitous objects.
Tent-Table dates back to 1993, but it already communicates he sense of tension that accounts for the power of Fabrice Gygi’s work, which evokes not only the more or less paranoid fantasies that haunt our minds, but just as much, perhaps, modern social surveillance mechanisms, the dangers we need to be aware of.

Table-tente

Photo du projet Boîte à lettres de Fiona Meadows / Saskia Cousin

Boîte à lettres

Fiona Meadows / Saskia Cousin

Email boxes have become indispensable, and those who don’t have one or have trouble accessing them find themselves cut off from many exchanges, but also from a whole administrative life. The paradox is that it is still the physical mailbox, which in the West states and attests an address, a place of residence. 
Most Humans have no address and no mailbox. Yet these people dwell somewhere, live, love, share. The settled family, the name of the ancestor on the gate, the neighbors, the district chiefs are there to attest all that. Inexorably replaced by the email box and transitioning towards the status of a modest inheritance, the compartment of the mailbox summarizes a moment, that of the modern Western condition: pleasant for many, for the others, a machine designed to exclude.

Boîte à lettres

Photo du projet Manta de Freeform Tents

Manta

Freeform Tents

Tents have always been temporary shelters. They make it possible to organize military campaigns or respond to humanitarian emergencies, sheltering refugees, sometimes the homeless in our cities, or makeshift hospitals.
A young firm that first took shape in 2003 in South Africa, Freeform readily confesses that Bedouin tents woven from goat hair and used on the other side of the continent served as inspiration for the stretchable multipurpose tent of today. This reinvention of a centuries-old technology has proven an unmatched tool for our century of event planning.
The firm has developed a standard range that allows people to create spaces that cover from 20 m2 to 600 m2 by grouping a series of canvases as need be.

Manta

Photo du projet Système_01 de Frida Escobedo

Système_01

Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo has endlessly crossed back and forth over the bridges between architecture, design, and art, changed scales and mediums, and dominated the simplicity of materials as much as the potential of the motif – all accomplished while remaining true to Mexican modernism. 
The architect is especially interested in creating public cultural spaces that teach us how to live together and better manage the friction that arises from a life in common. 
In the early stages of the circular constructions built in Lullin Park, she mentioned the archeological sites of Stonehenge, the tepees of the Great Plains Indians and the huts of lake-dwellers.
Coproduction Open House Geneva and 90_20

Système_01

Photo du projet Architecture for degrowth de Gramazio / Kohler Reseach

Architecture for degrowth

Gramazio / Kohler Reseach

The research group Gramazio Kohler of ETHZ questions about the temporary and the sustainable in building, as well as the waste that construction may lead to.
Why construct a new pavilion when we have an abundance of obsolete prototypes? Deciding not to produce a specific pavilion, the designers used rather prototypes left over from another project, one that is permanent, to create an independent composition. Their Open House is literally an open house, made up of recycled concrete structures, designed using calculation processes and produced through 3D printing.

Architecture for degrowth

Photo du projet 24/7 Reloaded de HEAD-Genève, arts visuels, option Construction

24/7 Reloaded

HEAD-Genève, arts visuels, option Construction

19 students took inspiration from the particular configuration of a cultural and natural space of the park that has been “tamed” and shaped by its limits (roadway, wall, stair door), reappropriating a 16 m2 zone that is marked off on one side by the wall and the door, and on the other by three upright wood surfaces. This space is simultaneously an open-air “room”, a shelter, and an art space. Accessible from the road or the park, it is both integrated and independent. It questions the notion of housing and dwelling.
The construction of this shelter amounts to a concrete grappling with the question of materials and their provenance. For the sake of ecology, the students first turned their attention to the earth, specifically the clay with which to make the bricks. 

24/7 Reloaded

Photo du projet HA(R)B(R)ITER de HEPIA, filière Paysage

HA(R)B(R)ITER

HEPIA, filière Paysage

The Landscape track of HEPIA (Haute école du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture of Geneva/the Geneva School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape) offers here an installation designed and executed by students in the Bachelor of Arts program; the piece was produced over the course of several workshops by a number of teams. After studying Lullin Park, the students focused on one cut tree still standing over 6 m high.
Working with the available materials and within the defined perimeter, the team designed a space for moving about on foot. Among these rearranged and interpreted elements, the students put in the ground several plants and a range of painted and molded elements, lending the whole a hybrid look. In mid-June of 2021, the snag became a ceramic piece produced by Geneva CFC ceramics students. The installation will evolve throughout the year. 

HA(R)B(R)ITER

Photo du projet Cloud de Joëlle Allet
Julien Gremaud

Cloud

Joëlle Allet

Joëlle Allet, Swiss artist from the Upper Valais, is better known for her installations, which are generally conceived for well-defined spaces. She likes to work in dialogue with the elements, especially when they are of the air. In the park of Genthod, a cloud has just touched down. Silkscreened on glass, it seems to hover over the ground, the transparent material enclosing it serving as a kind of ballast. The frameless pane of glass is freed of the protective functions we expect of it in a house and melts into the landscape; it is only now the support for a cloud image, a semi-material element, mobile and volatile. And thanks to a phosphorescent pigment, the cloud slowly lights up in pale yellow when night falls.
In 2019 Allet created these clouds on glass for an exhibition in Lausanne. The motif is inexhaustible without question and she had been silk-screening them on panel and canvas for several years already. Glass allowed her to exhibit them outdoors. In Lullin Park beneath the clouds or under the blue of the sky, Allet’s Cloud offers a surprising counterpoint to the dozens of constructed projects scattered throughout the park. 

Cloud

Photo du projet Sans titre de John Armleder

Sans titre

John Armleder

From the 1980s onwards, with the Furniture-Sculpture series, he focused on the reuse and juxtaposition of everyday objects, mixing readymades and paintings by integrating them into the exhibition space, which it self ultimately becomes the work, to be seen as a whole. The chair, itself a recurring theme in 20th-century art, is presented in this exhibition perched a top a tree. Like an outgrowth of the tree, the saddle is detached from its function and ironically shown to the visitor in a quintessence of anti-utilitarianism.
In 1985, John Armleder featured in the exhibition Promenades, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg in the same park as today. With their agreement, Open House directly alludes to that exhibition, which is when the artist first showed his chairs placed high up in the trees. 

Sans titre

Photo du projet Fun House de Ken Isaacs

Fun House

Ken Isaacs

Ken Isaacs taught at the famous Cranbrook Academy of Art, an institution specialized in experimental architecture that had also seen the Saarinens and the Eameses as well. He was to become a forerunner in the field of the design of space, proposing total life environments in an integrated unity based on a modular conception, his Matrix
His “living structures” then were matrix-units that are easy to assembly, mobile, modifiable, and adaptable to the needs of the users at a very low production cost. He went on to publish, moreover, in 1974 How to Build Your Own Living Structures, a manual in which he laid out floorplans and production methods for these spaces according to a model that would be called open source nowadays. While elaborating the design of the Fun House, Isaacs began a reflection on ‘mobilism’ with the idea to take the concept of the house and decouple it from all that is superfluous to arrive at the essence of housing.

Fun House

Photo du projet Tender is the night de Kerim Seiler

Tender is the night

Kerim Seiler

After completing artistic studies in Zurich, Geneva and Hamburg, Kerim Seiler got a Master’s degree in Architecture at ETH Zurich in 2011. As a young man, he worked at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne as a lighting operator. From this period he has kept certain sense of monumentality on the one hand and an unabashed form of visual prestige on the other. 
Staging is an essential element of his work, which engages his compositions in a structured and geometric spatial abstraction. He invests space, or even invades it as he likes to say, in a form of contamination; a parasitization by art on an architectural scale.
For Open House, Kerim Seiler presents a large transparent glass recipients that contain colored neon lights placed diagonally. This structure, to be walked through and seen from the outside, places the visitor in an unresolved reflection between an open-air ice palace and a marvelous labyrinth.

Tender is the night

Photo du projet UP #5 de L/B, Lang/Baumann

UP #5

L/B, Lang/Baumann

The structure set up in the grass of the park seems to take the title Open House literally. It has the size and the minimalist lines of a house, or part of a building, on two levels. And it is wide open to the four winds. But it is uninhabitable because it leans lopsidedly due to the absence of one its supporting walls.
The pure form of this object seems to be in keeping with the L/B that has been the common signature of Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann. Space and its aesthetic experience have always been part of their work.

UP #5

Photo du projet Oeuf pirate de Marcel Lachat

Oeuf pirate

Marcel Lachat

In 1970,  Marcel Lachat, architect from Geneva, found a solution to add a room in his apartment. With friends, he hung a polyester cell on the façade in front of his flat. The object cause a sensation over the media. It had to be removed from the façade a month and a half later.  
Marcel Lachat worked for several years with Pascal Haüsermann, notably on the flying saucer-shaped building for the Geneva medical centre at Cornavin. Since then, he has continued to develop a handful models for light housing on his land in the countryside. The original bubble is now attached to his house and has two little sisters built using the same process. One of them was chosen for Open House

Oeuf pirate

Photo du projet FUTURO de Matti Suuronen

FUTURO

Matti Suuronen

It all started when a ski resort commissioned a house that was easy to build on a slope and quick to heat. Finnish architect Matti Suuronen (1933-2013), who was fascinated by new materials, designed a construction that had nothing to do with a traditional chalet: an ellipsoid 8 meters in diameter, made up of sheets of fiberglass-reinforced polyester sandwiching polyurethane foam. The object could be dismantled and reassembled in two days, or transported in its entirety by helicopter. It perched on four legs placed on a steel ring and you entered it the way you would a plane – or a flying saucer…
Twenty Futuros were built in Finland and production was launched under license in ten countries, but only 60 or 70 were built. With the oil crisis of 1973, which made plastic materials more expensive, plus the rise of environmentalist ideas, the object soon fell out of favor. Yet this UFO attracted crowds wherever it was displayed.

FUTURO

Photo du projet Dolce Utopia de Maurizio Cattelan & Philippe Parreno

Dolce Utopia

Maurizio Cattelan & Philippe Parreno

Maurizio Cattelan and Philippe Parreno were two emerging visual artists in the 1990s. Dolce Utopia is originally the title of a project that sprang from a collaboration for the show Traffic, which was mounted in 1996 at Capc Bordeaux by the art critic Nicolas Bourriaud.
Through this poetic installation we are offered a space that is indeed favorable to our dreams and mental wandering, a space that is marked off by the range of the light thrown by the chandelier. Dear to Parreno, this work on and with light takes shape here as a kind of modernization of the campfire fostering discussion and dialogue. The two men also play on paradoxes, notably in the reference to Fellini’s Dolce Vita, which in its day depicted a changing society.

Dolce Utopia

Photo du projet Homeland Fiction (a constellation) de Monica Ursina Jäger

Homeland Fiction (a constellation)

Monica Ursina Jäger

A lone copper beech tree in the park serves as the support for the piece. Monica Ursina Jäger has rounded the base of the tree with three large rings.
Homeland Fiction (a Constellation) is as much inspired by molecular structures as it is by the universe and its stars. Everything forming the universe, from the great to the small, the living to the inert, is made of particles. Here the tiny atom envelopes the majestic tree and underscores its energy. From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, Jäger also points up the links with the different timeframes that are inscribed in the elements. This reminder of our place between past and future, and the fact that we belong to its different times, is a theme, a thread running throughout her work.
Sound by Michael Bucher

Homeland Fiction (a constellation)

Photo du projet Snail Shell System de N55

Snail Shell System

N55

N 55 was founded in 1996 when Ion Sørvin (architect) and his wife Ingvil Aarbakke (artist) moved into a flat in central Copenhagen with other artists and designers. Their work focuses on the exchange between functional architecture and contemporary artistic creation, driven by the idea of “rebuilding the city from the inside”.
With the Snail Shell System, the group turns the wheel into a temporary mobile home. This project was elaborated in order to allow maximum adaptability to whatever situation it might be used in. The unit is modular so as to adapt to local situations. Inside, it comes with a set of vital necessities and a foam mattress. A water pump can be installed and tracks can be fitted to suit the terrain. A paddle is provided for navigation.

Snail Shell System

Photo du projet The Modulora Prototype de Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten

The Modulora Prototype

Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten

 
In the Modulora Prototype, a central cylinder connects four rectangular spaces of different proportions and function and leaves the rest to the landscape. The cylinder allows doors to slide and open or close the spaces. The interior is either closed to the outside and the four spaces are revealed, or it is open and one can only pass through it without seeing inner spaces. 
It is up to the visitor to experiment with the possibilities that develop around this « center », each room being devoted to a different relationship between body and space. One thinks standing up, communicates sitting down, relaxes when leaning back, dreams lying down. In response to the measurements established by Le Corbusier, the spaces correspond to the average female measurements adapted to these positions, hence the name given to the prototype, Modulora.

The Modulora Prototype

Photo du projet Members only de Relax (Chiarenza & Hauser & Co)

Members only

Relax (Chiarenza & Hauser & Co)

To one side of the mansion on the Saugy estate there is a kiosk housing boxes and garden furniture. This is where RELAX has put its incongruous members only sign in neon letters. Who is closing the door to whom here? True, the house has patrician origins. But for decades, the large park below it is open to the public.
Should we therefore be ask- ing ourselves more wide-reaching questions here? Should we be talk- ing about geopolitics? The difficult relations between Switzerland and Europe? Or perhaps think about Europe’s – and Switzerland’s – borders with the rest of the world. RELAX has more than once questioned the opaque workings of art.

Members only

Photo du projet A place to call home de Shelter Projects

A place to call home

Shelter Projects

Shelter Projects is a humanitarian consortium aiming to support self-help shelter for populations affected by disasters and conflicts. While bearing in mind the limits on resources, the aim is to identify the types of aid that are useful rather than to define the needs and accommodation of refugees in an authoritarian manner. Durable solutions are to be found less in architectural conceptions than in the empowerment of the populations concerned.
In the event of a humanitarian crisis, Shelter Projects aims to provide a minimum of 3.5 m2 of living space per person. Unfortunately, this minimum space is not always available. For Open House, they are proposing a radical and symbolic gesture by exposing the bare earth on a plot measuring 17.5 m2, the surface area for a group of five people.

A place to call home

Photo du projet Tentsile de Alex Shirley-Smith

Tentsile

Alex Shirley-Smith

Founder of Tentsile, Alex Shirley-Smith is a London-based architect who has been fascinated by tree houses and forest worlds for a long time.
The reasons for this tour de force are both simple and innovative: a futuristic design capable of arousing admiration and reverie in campers; a nostalgic, even childlike attachment to the notion of a suspended habitat; and, most of all, total freedom from environmental constraints, for these tents require neither leveling, nor drainage, nor dehumidification of the ground since they do not rest on anything. All that is required are three hanging points and a bag to transport them to the desired location. 

Tentsile

Photo du projet A ruin for fossils de Una Szeemann

A ruin for fossils

Una Szeemann

When Una Szeemann discovered Parc Lullin, she was intrigued by a flight of steps in the garden of the patrimonial residence that overlooks it. Seven useless steps, pointing to some vanished structure. On the edge of the woods, on a modest natural platform over- looking the forest, these steps are like immediate ruins, or “ruins in reverse”, to use the idea of Robert Smithson’s referred to by Szeemann.
In these crumbling steps you can see the imprint of plants, like fossils, we see the imprint of neophyte plants, invasive species from other climates, often ornamental plants from our gardens that have crossed the barriers and conquered our landscapes at the expense of native species, dangerously impoverishing the diversity of the flora. It is impossible to walk around Lullin Park without spotting some of them.

A ruin for fossils

Photo du projet 1m2 House de Van Bo Le-Menztel

1m2 House

Van Bo Le-Menztel

Van Bo Le-Mentzel grew up and studied architecture in Berlin. In addition to his studies. In 2010, finding himself un- employed, he enrolled in a carpentry course. This experience was the essential inspiration for his Appartement Hartz IV project, carried out in the same year, which consists of a set of furniture that can be fitted into a 21 square-meter flat. The furniture is intended to be built by the user himself, using the plans provided free of charge by Van Bo.
The idea for the One Square Meter House came from Van Bo’s desire to offer temporary shelter to asylum seekers queuing to register in Berlin. These are easily and cheaply made convertible houses that provide disadvantaged people with a roof and a bed, while remaining mobile. During the day, the house is raised vertically and can be used as a small office; at night it is laid down horizontally and becomes a place to sleep. Following up on this project, Van Bo founded the Tiny-House University, whose objective is to bring together experts to think about new housing possibilities that really take into account contemporary issues such as accessibility for the poorest, the environment and sustainability.

1m2 House

Events

Aug
2022
Fri 12
20:00

02:00

35 Pavilions at night

Full Moon Guided tour followed by dj set at OH!BB beach bar

Sat 20
20:00

02:00

35 Pavilions at night

Guided tour under the Stars followed by a DJ set at the Frida Escobedo Pavilion

Guided tours

GUIDED TOURS TAKE PLACE AT DUSK ON AUG 12 and AUG 20

  • at 8 pm
Duration: 1h–1h30

Price is 20 CHF per person (entrance to exhibition is included). For teenagers the price is CHF 8.- and for children under 12, entrance and tour is free but must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is required. Visit take place by good weather and a minimum of 7 people. Payement must be made in advance by cash, credit card or twint at +41 76 448 64 36 specify « date, Visit OH + NAME»)

Confirmation / Cancellation:

Register at least 48 hours before the visit.

Last minute registration can only be made by phone at +41 76 448 64 36 to check if it is possible.

By bad weather, or if not enough people are registered (minimum 7) visits will be cancelled and you will be reimbursed or proposed another date.

If you cannot be present please contact us by email or phone +41 76 448 64 36 to tell us.

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GUIDED TOURS BY THE EXHIBITION DIRECTOR
For any special inquiry and for visits outside the standard ones, feel free to contact us The visit price is CHF 150 and add CHF 10.- per person. Payement must be made prior to, or upon arrival, by cash, credit card or twint (at +41 76 448 64 36 specify « Visit OH + NAME»)

Session III

EXPANSION

Dreaming
the habitat

March 3 – 6, 2022

With Maurizio Cattelan & Philiipe Parreno, Ken Isaacs

Salon artgeneve, Booth A 22, Palexpo, Geneva

Session II

FLEXIBILITY

MOVING
THE HABITAT

23 September — 3 October 2021

With Angela Luna, Ecocapsule, N55, Z-Triton and Mika Taanila

Lectures by Michel Agier, Fiona Meadows, Saskia Cousin, Carla Juaçaba, Aigars Lauzis, Les Garages

THE ECOCAPSULE LOCATED AT THE BAINS DES PAQUIS STAYS VISIBLE UNTIL APRIL 24, 2022

Bains des Pâquis and
Maison de l’Architecture, Geneva
Photo du projet  de Soňa Pohlová et Tomáš Žáček (Nice & Wise Studio)

Soňa Pohlová et Tomáš Žáček (Nice & Wise Studio)

The Ecocapsule is a creation of Nice & Wise, an architectural and design studio based in Bratislava. Its eggshell design and the various integrated functionalities make it a self-sufficient tiny house. It offers the comfort of a hotel room for two people without the constraints of construction, and its relatively lightweight of 2 tonnes allows it to be transported anywhere.

Book your night in the Ecocapsule

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Book your unique experience, 1 night in the Ecocapsule alone on the Bains des Paquis jetty, facing the Jet d’Eau, Geneva’s famous water fountain. The capsule is heated, has a bed for 2, a shower, toilet, small kitchen and working table

Original Swiss service can be ordered extra: fondue in the evening, breakfast with birchermüessli, sauna and massage

For 1-2 persons

Available for booking from September 20, 2021 to April 24, 2022

Online booking service will operate only from September 20th onwards

Infos and booking

arthabitatcontemporain@gmail.com

Photo du projet Z-Triton de Aigars LAUZIS (Studio ZELTINI)

Z-Triton

Aigars LAUZIS (Studio ZELTINI)

Zeltini is a design studio based in Smiltene in northern Latvia. Aigars LAUZIS founded it in 2018.
The Z-triton is conceived as a multi-purpose means of transport that combines a spare shelter, adapts to land travel, and has an amphibious option to navigate inland waters.
One of Zeltini’s objectives is to provide a practical, fun tool, and above all, one that minimises the environmental impact it may cause.
Their designs are ethical, innovative, and creative.
The Z-Triton is an amphibious vehicle combining a boat equipped with a motorised propeller and an electric bicycle. The interior space is designed for two people and, thanks to its modular equipment, allows for sleeping, eating, or sheltering in case of bad weather. The roof is equipped with solar panels to power the electrical system and a compartment for growing plants.        

Z-Triton

Photo du projet The trench de Angela Luna

The trench

Angela Luna

This jacket was created in 2016 by Angela Luna after she became aware of the extent of the social and humanitarian crisis.
She realised that donated clothing does not always correspond to local needs.
She proposes a thoughtful design for a humanitarian application to clothing with her creations, whose form follows function. The trench coats are one size fits all, contain pockets for storage, are waterproof and insulating, and can be converted into a tent for mobile living.
Through this hacking of the fashion industry, ADIFF is redistributing a trench coat/tent to a homeless person for every purchase on their website in a one-buy-one-give system. This initiative has already resulted in over a thousand tents and nearly $80,000 to its employees.

The trench

Photo du projet Snail Shell System  de N55 (Ion Sørvin)
N55

Snail Shell System

N55 (Ion Sørvin)

The N55 group, co-founded in 1996 by Ion Sørvin and Ingvil Aarbakke, comprises several artists and designers. 
The Snail Shell System, a temporary and modular mobile habitat, is developed with a focus on adaptation; it can be used as an emergency shelter, as a raft, or even as a stock of commodities.
The idea behind the Snail Shell System is based on the hypothetical, on the possibilities that this habitat can offer both in its function and mobility. 
Indeed, the capsule can be moved on land as well as on sea; a paddle is provided for navigation. 
The unit is modular to adapt to various situations.

Snail Shell System

Photo du projet Futuro - A New Stance for Tomorrow, 1998 de Mika Taanila & Marko Home
Mika Taanila

Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow, 1998

Mika Taanila & Marko Home

The idea of making a documentary about the Futuro was born in 1995 when Marko Home was doing photographic research to illustrate the cover of The Cybermen’s album Needle’s eye. He came across a collection of documents related to this strange habitat and produced a video clip for one of the songs. Following this production, he turns to Mika Taanila. Together they embarked on a two-year exploration to document the creation, life, and death of the Futuro.
This futuristic-looking dwelling was created in the late 1960s by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. It is originally a mountain shelter, a refuge for skiers. It is a symbol of the heyday of the Trente Glorieuses, a capitalist idyll where well-being rhymes with production and consumption.
The documentary brings together a unique set of archives provided by Matti Suuronen and the Finnish Architecture Museum.

Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow, 1998

Session I

Process

Building the habitat

9 May — 30 August 2021

Session I has brought together 1:1 scale research projects from academic and humanitarian institutions such as EPFL, ETHZ Zurich, HEAD – Geneva, HEPIA, IOM or UNHCR. 

Parc Lullin
Genthod, Genève
Photo du projet BECOMING LÉMAN: GARDENS de EPFL / ALICE (SPATIAL DESIGN WORKSHOP)
Annik Wetter

BECOMING LÉMAN: GARDENS

EPFL / ALICE (SPATIAL DESIGN WORKSHOP)

The EPFL ALICE research laboratory develops projects with first-year architecture students. They study the “construction” stage through a temporary full-scale collective construction in the public space. Since 2018, ALICE has embarked on a new project: BECOMING LEMAN. It aims to make the Leman a laboratory to rethink collectively and globally the relationship between the human being and his environment. After crossing the lake to settle in Evian in 2019 near the Buvette de Jean Prouvé, ALICE will leave the Léman this year to invest the space of the Rhône all the way to the heart of the Geneva canton. The project will start at OPEN HOUSE with an installation on the Plage des Bains du Saugy.

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ALICE team

D. Dietz, D. Zamarbide, T. Cheung, C. Fauvel, A. Clément, M. Pretolani, T. Abenia, M. Bondu, C. Labro, R. Legros, V. Maréchal, M. Treiber, U. Wegman, R. Karrer, M. Onifadé, M. Potterat, L. Aznavourian, E. Butty, L. Champaud, A. Collet, A. Gonzalez Rodriguez, M. Hölzl, C. Isoz, A. Lambert, A. Lekaj, E. Mazerand, D. Michoud, M. Reol, J. Thévoz, S. Carroz, J. Desalbres, J. Garcia-Bellido Ruiz, K. Karara, O. Kundert, Y. Landon, A. Lassus, F. Maes, V. Maillard, G. Martini, Z. Mustapha, M. Sommer, N. Wanner, J. Adu Darko, J. Asoanya, L. Baldy-Moulinier, J. Bron, A. Compagnon, F. Ducotterd, J. Favre, N. Goehry, N. Guillouzic, Y. Hajoubi, M. Käser, J. Lemmens, E. Lemoisson, E. Lorenzo, G. Lucas, A. Marin, M. Rakoczy, N. Reis, J. Rigby, J. Steyaert, A. Thierry-Nánási, C. Vaudaux, M. Alhadeff, M. Cazenave Cloutier, F. Chatelain, V. Crettex, L. Decalf, H. El Graoui, J. Elben, A. Farine, E. Fontanella, N. Gilot, B. Haefeli, M. Jacome Alban, M. Jelk, N. Lesoille, N. Mikael, L. Moeschler, A. Potapushin, G. Rivier, M. Sistek, A. Von Der Weid, S. Wegmüller, A. Bai, B. Cattaneo, A. Choné, L. Duyck, A. Essaoudi, P. Grandjean, C. Hugues, A. Kölbl, L. Mundinger, R. Pellin, L. Ramiqi, C. Rossillon, H. Znaidi, T. Antonelli, Z. Aymon, L. Blanc, T. Brütsch, D. Dam Wan, Q. Davel, V. Egger, S. Gal, F. Hammoud, S. Kaidi, L. Kempf, S. Kir, E. Kpuzi, A. Lihatchi, E. Ludwig, J. Nicod, C. Perron, C. Ponsar, J. Raugel, E. Rieder, N. Antonietti, B. Béboux, L. Boulnoix, F. Debrom Gebremedhin, J. Druey, S. Gaumet, N. Jeanfavre, T. Kublová, E. Renaudineau, V. Siragusa, C. Vinet, M. Barth, P. Castellón Arévalo, A. De Montgolfier, A. Ducos, N. Favre, A. Galantay, M. Gisiger, N. Guigues, R. Hansra Sartorius, V. Kleyr, H. Le Hir, Q. Leresche, A. Maerean, M. Mazotti, N. Milanovic, K. Mokssit, N. Mouine, K. Saunders-Nazareth, P. Schaffner, G. Treyer, T. Walther, M. Blanc, L. Castella, N. Clavien, R. Cleusix, A. Gigon, V. Hasler, A. Hoti, V. Huehn, M. Ito, S. Khashan, A. Lüthy, L. Orakwe, Y. Sebastian, A. Ujupi, D. Weber, A. Williams Roffe, L. Burion, S. Ciompi, P. Crisinel, E. Friedli, L. Genecand, D. Go, E. Ilieva, C. Kalmus, A. Magnaguémabé Ongbakelak, M. Mocaër, D. Pereira Correia

BECOMING LÉMAN: GARDENS

Photo du projet ARCHITECTURAL DEGROWTH OR THE RENUNCIATION OF ARCHITECTURAL WASTE de RESEARCH PROJECT MAS ETH DFAB DESIGN & FABRICATION
Annik Wetter

ARCHITECTURAL DEGROWTH OR THE RENUNCIATION OF ARCHITECTURAL WASTE

RESEARCH PROJECT MAS ETH DFAB DESIGN & FABRICATION

For the Gramazio Kohler Research Group at ETH Zürich, the processes involved in digital architecture influence both the conception of the design and its practical implementation.
Recycling concrete, recycling building modules that have no place in another building, rather than constructing a temporary pavilion, is their proposal for an “open house,” built in different phases from concrete scraps. With their particular structure and texture due to the method of creation by 3D printing, these objects will be the visual clues of an imaginary but still present and evolving space that the public will discover throughout the summer.

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Team

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich. Dr. Fabio Gramazio, Dr. Matthias Kohler, Sarah Schneider, Alessandra Gabaglio

ARCHITECTURAL DEGROWTH OR THE RENUNCIATION OF ARCHITECTURAL WASTE

Photo du projet The green door project - 24/7 space de HEAD STUDENTS - GENEVA
Annik Wetter

The green door project – 24/7 space

HEAD STUDENTS – GENEVA

The 16 students in Visual Arts, Construction option, of the HEAD – Geneva have imagined an artistic installation in the southern part of the Parc Lullin. The space 24/7  is located at the frontier, between the traffic of Route Suisse and the calm of the lake. The project plays with this duality by proposing a “room” accessible from the outside of the OPEN HOUSE exhibition, in which different installations and activities will occur. The students will manage the program of this “artist-run space.”

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Professors : Katharina Hohmann and Vincent Kohler

Students : Melina Oria Alhadeff, Emma Berger-Pierre, Antoine Bürcher, Rafael Cunha Da Silva, Ana Durán, Claire Guignet, Louis Karim Kagny, Gian Losinger, Marie Lucas, Laura Matsuzaki, Lou Revel, Sara Rottenwöhrer, Jessie Schaer, Alex Sobral, Sibylle Volken, Elsa Wagnières, Lorenz Wernli, Mel Wieland and Elisa Wyss.

Special thanks to Isabelle Schnederle (CERCCO, HEAD-Genève) and Roland Freymond (Les Deux Rivières)

The green door project – 24/7 space

Photo du projet  REFUGE TONNEAU 21. A TRIBUTE de HEAD-GENEVA
Annik Wetter

REFUGE TONNEAU 21. A TRIBUTE

HEAD-GENEVA

When Charlotte Perriand designed the REFUGE TONNEAU in 1938 with Pierre Jeanneret, they imagined a mobile shelter that would accommodate up to eight people for short periods in a comfortable but small environment. Eighty-two years later, twelve students from the Department of Interior Architecture at HEAD – Geneva imagined variations for its interior. The projects ranged from a spaceship cabin to a family shelter to hosting a chamber orchestra. Pierre Jeanneret, who worked with Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier for many years, was a former student of the HEAD – Geneva. The School of Fine Arts, where he trained between 1913 and 1921, became the HEAD.

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Team 

Project leader : Simon Husslein 

Assistant : Damien Greder, Sven Högger

Head of Department: Javier Fernandez Contreras

Assistant: Valentina de Luigi

CAO Assistance : Abeyi Endrias

Students in Interior Architecture : Annika Resin, Aurélie Chêne, Camille Némethy, Caroline Savary, Élise Chauvigné, Gaïane Legendre, Julie Reeb, Juliette Colomb, Karen Vidal, Krenare Krasniqi, Maria Clara Castioni, Melissa Ferrara

REFUGE TONNEAU 21. A TRIBUTE

Photo du projet h A (R) B (R) i t E r de HEPIA, LANDSCAPE DEPARTMENT
Annik Wetter

h A (R) B (R) i t E r

HEPIA, LANDSCAPE DEPARTMENT

An erected skittle, as a totem in the forest. It also serves as a foundation. At the top, a “precious object,” like a relic, sacralizes the intermediate and specific regeneration phase. A new life for a new inhabitant. This trunk, left in place by the forest wardens, links the earth and the sky. It is the leading network that receives, feeds, and redistributes the possibilities of life, the possibilities of living. The ground, the roots, the trunk, and finally, the branches are all places to live. A succession of networks. Living in a landscape: occupying a space for a defined period of time. Here, inhabiting becomes a life cycle: birth (construction), growth and development (evolution), disappearance, and regeneration—a realization of the students of the Bachelor’s degree in Landscape.

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Team 

Teacher: Christophe Ponceau

Assistant: Molly Fiero

The students:

Design: Estelle Aguado, Irina Benozene Ahmed, Amaury Carlier, Luna Florey, Valentine Fourchon, Nina Giorgi, Marie-Amélie Janin, Aloïs Jolliet, Adnan Kanj, Benoit Lagarde, Simon Loiseleur, Loïs Morel, Sindy Pisteur, Sébastien Rivas, Aurélien Sapin, Luna Valls-Haenni, Léa Tièche, Klara Zaugg

Montage: Marlène Argaud, Estelle Coulet, Valentine Fourchon, Audrey Houver, Marie Amélie Janin, Aloïs Jolliet, Valentin Lièvre, Chloé Perez, Nicolas Pineau-Triguel, Sindy Pisteur, Sébastien Rivas, Luna Valls-Haenni

Ceramics: CFP Arts Geneva, supervised by Charlotte Nordin/ Students: Maiwenn Cambi, Maria Ecaterina Cebotar, Esteban Chanez, Alexander Cipriano, Bahia Frily, Vatsala Haering, Adiela Kiwirra, Anja Ripoll.

h A (R) B (R) i t E r

Photo du projet GROUND WORK de ANNEXE (CHIAVI, FUGLISTER, PERKINS & UZOR)
Annik Wetter

GROUND WORK

ANNEXE (CHIAVI, FUGLISTER, PERKINS & UZOR)

The pavilion of the architect Berta Rahm, built for the 1958 SAFFA exhibition, was rediscovered in spring 2020 after a long period of “oblivion”. A rescue campaign has been launched, as it is one of the few remaining pieces from the SAFFA 58 exhibition and from the body of work of one of Switzerland’s first female architects. An association was founded under the name of ProSaffa58-Pavilion with the aim of saving and rebuilding the structure permanently in Zurich. The ANNEX project, which is part of OPEN HOUSE, is conceived as a ” coulisse ” in parallel to the overall Pro-Saffa58-Pavillon project. Its construction in two stages will allow for numerous social and cultural exchanges. Once the floor is built, it will receive further additions in September 2021 and will remain until the end of summer 2022

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ANNEX is curated by Elena Chiavi, Kathrin Fülgister, Amy Perkins and Myriam Uzor in collaboration with the association ProSAFFA58-Pavillon.

Workshop participants: Josephine Eigner, Lea Götschi, Jasper Blind, Nora Zeller, Nicolas Wittig, Julia Tanner, Alexander Schmid, Martin Riewer, Nikola Nikolic, Claire Logoz, Axelle Stiefel, Sara . Stefan Breit, Corinne Spielmann, Jens Knöpfel, Ella Eßlinger, Leslie Majer, Crisost Koch, Jeremy Waterfield, Sofia Gloor, Juliette Martin, Shen He, Blanka Major, Friederike Merkel, Simona Mele, Martina Hügli, Sophia Garner, Linda Sjøqvist, Olga Cobuscean, Emanuel Pulfer, Luisa Overath, Severin Jann and Maarten van de Laar

GROUND WORK

Photo du projet Shelter Projects / Humanitarian shelters: supporting self-help with limited resources de Sheltreprojects.org
Annik Wetter

Shelter Projects / Humanitarian shelters: supporting self-help with limited resources

Sheltreprojects.org

After a conflict or disaster, people want to create their own shelter and recover. This is only possible when they have access to land. The area outlined in this exhibition is more than most families displaced by conflict or natural disaster can afford to live on.
In 2019, the equivalent of about 20 times the population of Switzerland was affected by conflict and disaster. Of these, 40 million people needed shelter. Although humanitarian agencies and governments are helping many people, the first step is to define a space for them to build a shelter and start rebuilding their lives.

Shelter Projects / Humanitarian shelters: supporting self-help with limited resources

Photo du projet Refugee Housing Unit (RHU) de UNHCR
Annik Wetter

Refugee Housing Unit (RHU)

UNHCR

The Refugee Housing Unit (RHU) is an innovative housing solution developed through a collaboration between Better Shelter and UNHCR, with the support of the IKEA Foundation. The partnership was created to create a safe and dignified shelter for refugee and displaced populations. The RHU was developed after various tests in the laboratory and on the ground, in different climatic conditions, and after consultations with universities and refugee communities. Since then, more than 60,000 units have been deployed in more than 50 UNHCR centers worldwide. Feedback from the people affected has been highly positive, highlighting the role of the RHU in improving their lives.

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Installed by Anja Pirjevec and Ammar Al Mahdawi, with their team

Refugee Housing Unit (RHU)

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