AV Monografías 248: E2A
Strong and ironic, material and program-based, contained and purposeful are some of the adjectives that could be used to sum up the sound and lucid oeuvre of Piet and Wim Eckert (born in 1968 and in 1969, respectively). After graduating at the ETH Zürich and a period working at the studio of Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and living in cities like Los Angeles or Seoul, they set up their own office, E2A, in 2001. Two decades later, AV Monographs gathers a selection of twenty works that reflect the intellectual maturity and constructive precision of the Zurich-based studio. Despite the scarce geographic variety (only two of the buildings featured are outside of Switzerland), the projects published on these pages address a wide range of programs, from schools to sport centers and headquarters for newspapers, foundations or factories via single-family houses, apartment buildings, mixed-use blocks and even a police station. This body of works follows a presentation by Luis Fernández-Galiano and essays by Philip Ursprung and by the founding partners of the studio.