Pierre de Meuron

Pierre de Meuron is Arthur Rotch Design Critic in Architecture. In 1978 Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog established their office and became Herzog & de Meuron in 1997. Harry Gugger and Christine Binswanger joined the practice as Partners in 1991 and 1994 respectively, followed by Robert Hsl and Ascan Mergenthaler in 2004, and Stefan Marbach in 2006. Currently the practice employs 12 associates and nearly 220 architects working on more than 40 projects worldwide. Branch offices are in London, Munich, San Francisco, Barcelona and Beijing.

Herzog & de Meuron have been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize (jointly awarded to Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in 2001) and the RIBA Stirling Prize for the Laban Dance Centre in London (2003). In February 2007 Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were honored with the RIBA Royal Gold Medal 2007.

Herzog & de Meuron received international attention very early in their career with the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland (1980); the Stone House in Tavole, Italy (1988); and the Apartment Building along a Party Wall in Basel (1988). The firms breakthrough project was the Ricola Storage Building in Laufen, Switzerland (1987). Renown in the United States came with Dominus Winery in Yountville, California (1998). The Goetz Collection, a Gallery for a Private Collection of Modern Art in Munich (1992), stands at the beginning of a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings such as the Kppersmhle Museum for the Grothe Collection in Duisburg, Germany (1999) and Schaulager Basel, Laurenz Foundation (2003), a new type of space for art, a warehouse for open storage of contemporary art. Perhaps their highest profile project is the conversion of the Bankside power plant on the Thames to Tate Modern (2000). In 2005 Herzog & de Meuron, have been commissioned again by Tate to develop a scheme for the completion of the gallery and its surrounding areas. The new development for Transforming Tate Modern in London is projected for completion in 2012. After completion of the Walker Art Center Expansion in Minneapolis and the new de Young Museum in San Francisco (both 2005) the series continues with Caixa Forum-Madrid, a new exhibition space for Fondacin laCaixa in Madrid (project completion 2007), Centro Cultural in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands (projected completion 2008), and Espacio Goya y Museo de Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain (projected completion 2011). The latest additions are the new designs for the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton (projected completion 2009) and for the Miami Art Museum, Florida, scheduled for completion in 2010.

In many projects the architects have worked together with artists, an eminent example of that practice being the collaboration with Rmy Zaugg (Fnf Hfe, Five Courtyards for the Munich City Centre, 2003), with Thomas Ruff (Eberswalde Technical School Library in Germany, 1999) and with Michael Craig-Martin (Laban Dance Center in London, 2003). More recent collaborations include Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei with whom they have been working on the design for National Stadium Beijing, China, projected for completion in 2007.

More recent projects include Prada Aoyama Epicenter in Tokyo (2003); the Forum 2004 in Barcelona (2004); and Allianz Arena in Munich (2005). Current projects include the New Link Quay in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, comprising a new way to link the city of Santa Cruz with the Marina (projected realization 2007 – 2010); the new Head Office for Roche Basel (projected completion 2011), VitraHaus, a new building to present Vitras “Home Collection” in Weil am Rhein, Germany (projected completion 2009), and finally the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg (projected completion 2010). Their most prestigious project currently under construction is the National Stadium Beijing, the main stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games (projected completion December 2007, opening ceremony 8 August 2008).

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are both teaching at Harvard University (since 1994) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETH Studio Basel (since 1999). In 2002 they co-founded the ETH Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute.

Work by Herzog & de Meuron has appeared in numerous exhibitions, most recently Artists Choice: Herzog & de Meuron, Perception Restrained at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (25 June – 25 September 2006).