HHF Architects‘ lecture about their recent works, in AA School of Architecture 2011.
Lecture date: 2011-02-28
During the first meeting of Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann and Simon Frommenwiler, the three young architects about to found their office at a kitchen table pragmatically wrote down a mission statement for HHF architects: ‘We want to build. We want to build internationally. We want to collaborate with other offices.’ Eight years and about 20 built projects later they will try to tell why they think that this overambitious mission statement was helping them to build more then others do at the beginning of their career, why they think that it is important to build a lot and why mission statements are not so important after all.
HHF Architects was founded in 2003 by Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann and Simon Frommenwiler. Since then, HHF Architects have realized numerous projects in Switzerland, Germany, China, France, Mexico and the USA. The scope of work ranges from urbanism and large-scale construction to public pavilions and interior design.
From the beginning HHF was looking for collaborations with other architects and artists in order to widen its view on projects and enrich the quality of specific proposals. In this context, worldwide perceived group projects such as “Ruta del Peregrino” and the fruitful collaboration with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei emerged.
In addition to building, teaching is an important activity of the office. The principals of HHF were visiting professors at the University of Innsbruck and guest lecturers at the UIA in Mexico City and at MIT in Boston. They participated also as jury members at numerous universities. From 2009 – 2011 Simon Hartmann was professor at the HTA in Fribourg, Switzerland. Since 2011 he is professor at the Joint Master of Architecture in Fribourg. 2014 he is teaching as a deputy professor at the University of Karlsruhe. Simon Frommenwiler was a visiting professor from 2011 – 2013 at ENSA Strasbourg, where he is an associate professor since 2013. 2014 he is teaching as a lecturer at MIT in Boston.
HHF has been honored with numerous national and international awards. HHF won very recently the gold award 2015 in Housing category at the Swiss Architecture Awards. HHF where invited to the 13th and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and honored with the Wallpaper Design Award. In 2013 HHF where winning the important German “Häuser des Jahres” Award, a Berlin Architecture Award, and where honored for the best new building by the Basel Heritage Protection. 2015 HHF where honored with the Swiss Architecture Award.