Exhibition about mobile housing Art / Architecture / Design

Session II:
Moving the habitat
09.23 — 10.03 2021

OPEN HOUSE is a multidisciplinary exhibition which presents innovative and original forms of housing through projects from the world of art, architecture and design.

Happening in 4 sessions from 2021 to 2022 and in several locations in Geneva

Session # 1 of OPEN HOUSE took place from May to August 2021 in the Parc Lullin.

Session# 2 starts on Sept 23 at the Bains des Paquis (a public beach in the center of the city Geneva) and on Sept 24th at the Maison de l’Architecture / Pavillon Sicli. It focuses on mobile and flexible housing systems through artworks performnaces and lecture series.

OPEN HOUSE is an event initiated by Simon Lamunière, a curator who has always been interested in expanding the dimensions and space usually devoted to art. Curator of Art Unlimited in Basel from 2000 to 2011, he was also one of the curators of documenta X. He curated Utopics, the 11th edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in Biel, as well as Neon Parallax, the light installation project on the Plaine de Plainpalais in Geneva.


Thu 23


Inauguration of the Ecocapsule

The Ecocapsule will be transported by helicopter from the Quai Gustave-Ador to the Bains des Paquis. This installation will remain at the Bains des Paquis until April 2022.

Fri 24


Session II Opening

The opening of Open House Session II will take place over two days at the Pavillon Sicli. The vernissage will be highlighted by several events such as lectures and performances; new installations will be presented.

Angela Luna (ADIFF)




Mika Taanila



Performance : Parking Affinities

Parking affinities is an invitation to engage with the public space as a group. To be part of a convivial moment: a drink in one hand, food in the other, while waiting to join the artist in the intimacy of a car for a performance adapted to each passenger.

Davide-Christelle Sanvee, 1993, Performing artist

David-Christelle Sanvee is a Swiss performing artist of Togolese origin. Rooted in social and political reflections, her actions are often participative, swell as discreet by infiltrating spaces and situations. In September 2019, she won the Swiss Performance Prize.



Lecture : Gently on the ground

The lecture will deal with the ephemeral indigenous displacement, and their relationship with the soil. The understanding of the man-nature relationship through a primary or primitive case and the reflections today about this authentic terminology.

Carla Juaçaba, 1976, Architect

Since 2000, Carla Juaçaba developed her independent practice of architecture and research based in Rio de Janeiro. After graduating she worked on the Atelier House, Rio Bonito House, Varanda House, Santa Teresa House, and a couple of exhibition designs. The ephemeral Pavilion Humanidade 2012 was conceived with the theater director Bia Lessa and built for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. She won the first edition of the international prize ArcVision Women and Architecture 2013 in Italy, and the first prize of AREA Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2018. She was invited to Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 with the project BALLAST, curated by Grafton Architects, and also built one of the Vatican Chapels for the Holy See Pavilion, curated by Francesco Dal Co, that is now part of the Italian heritage. She is now living in London and currently teaching at Mendrisio Accademia.



Lecture : Inhabiting displacement

Architectures of nomads, travellers, exiles, the unfortunate, conquerors and protesters: inhabiting the camp questions the relationship between the notion of habitat, which implies permanence, and that of camp, which implies a temporary state. How to inhabit displacement? How to inhabit differently?

Fiona Meadows, 1967, Architect, Teacher, Curator, Artistic Director

Fiona Meadows teaches at the Ecole Supérieure Nationale d’Architecture de Paris La Villette since 1994, and is in charge of programmes at IFA/Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine since 1999.. She is also the founder of the Mini Maousse competition in 2003.

Sat 25


Lecture : Alternative housing experience

In 2015, the Association pour le Logement des Jeunes en Formation ALJF, invited artists and architects to build installations in the premises of a former car dealership. Several collectives and designers proposed, in an experimental way, habitable modules in Renens.

Les Garages

Christoph Holz, architect EPFL

Gabriel Gonzalez, urban sociologist

Mattia Pretolani,  architect EPFL



Lecture : Amphibious Mobility for Recreation & Resilience

The backstory on the birth of Z-Triton – amphibious e-tricycle camper and other concepts by ZELTINI studio.

Aigars Lauzis, 1981, Designer and landscape architect.

Aigars Lauzis is the founder and designer of ZELTINI / Z-Triton, a Latvian start-up building amphibious e-campers among a few other wild things.




Saskia Cousin, Anthropologist, Lecturer at the University of Paris Descartes



Lecture : Living in a precarious world. From camps to instant cities

How can we occupy, transform and even become attached to spaces defined primarily as places of relegation, exclusion, confinement? Reflections based on ethnography and literature on three continents.

Michel Agier, Anthropologist

Michel Agier, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) where he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Social Movements (CEMS), and Director of Research Emeritus at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). He studies the relationship between globalisation, mobility and the formation of cities. Since 2000, he has conducted field research in Africa, the Middle East and Europe on border situations, refugees and migrants.

Session I


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
Annik Wetter



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.


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


Annik Wetter



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.



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


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

The green door project – 24/7 space


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.”


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

Annik Wetter



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.



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


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


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.



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

Annik Wetter



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


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


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


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)


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.


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

Refugee Housing Unit (RHU)

Session II



23 September — 3 October 2021

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

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

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


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


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


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.        


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)

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

Photo du projet Parking Affinities de Davide-Christelle Sanvee

Parking Affinities

Davide-Christelle Sanvee

David-Christelle SANVEE is an artist who concentrates on performative projects.
She combines theatre, improvisation, and installations.
Her productions take over the public space to come to life in situ. 
With Parking Affinities, the artist offers us an invitation to travel. Far from being a physical expedition, she exploits the intimacy of a car’s habitat to take us on a mental journey. 
In this performance, the car becomes the tool of the encounter, of the construction between her and the audience. The queuing which is an element of the performance allows the attentive spectator to establish a bond with his neighbour. It permits the spectators to be carried into this performative space of conviviality.

Parking Affinities

Session III


the habitat

January 2022

With (to be confirmed) M.Cattelan/Ph.Parreno, K.Isaacs

Salon artgeneve, Palexpo, Geneva

Session IV


the habitat

6 May — 28 August 2022

With (to be confirmed) A.Shirley-Smith, A.Kundoo, A.Zittel, A.Luna, A.Van Lieshout, Bettershelter, C.Juaçaba, Cattelan/Parreno, DC.Sanvee, D. Fuiza Faustino, Ecocapsule, E. Böhtlingk, EPFL Alice, F.Marti, F.Meadows, Freeform, F.Escobedo, Gramazio/Kohler, G.Quinn, Head, Hepia, J.Prouvé, J. Allet, J.Armleder, K.Isaacs, K.Kuma, K.Seiler, Lang/Baumann, M.Suuronen, MU.Jäger, N55, O.Decq, G.Proenza/S.Yousefi, ProSaffa 1958, Rahbaran Hürzeler Architects, RELAX, Shelterprojects, S.Kacem, U.Szeemann, Van Bo Le Mentzel, the ICRC

Genthod / Geneva

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