Santa Monica-based Montalba Architects debuts design plans for the welcoming pavilion for the 2017 Bex & Arts sculpture exhibition, taking place in Bex, Switzerland from June 6, 2017 to October 15, 2017. Led by the firm’s European office in Lausanne, Switzerland, the project adds to the Swiss cultural landscape and showcases Montalba Architects’ core values and support for the fine arts. Inspired by the “Energy” theme of this year’s exhibition, the pavilion will be constructed with sustainability at the forefront, built solely with Swiss materials, and with the interior wrapping acting as an air filtration system for circulation.
Founding Principal David Montalba, FAIA, SIA, notes, “It is an honour to contribute to this historic exhibition of the highest caliber amongst the international art community. This project represents Montalba Architects’ continued commitment to groundbreaking work in Europe to broaden the firm’s portfolio in new and creative ways. The bourgeoning Swiss art movement is particularly important to me, as I was raised in Switzerland and have a deep appreciation for the culture and artistic contributions.”
Having been tapped for numerous residential projects with significant art collections in the past, Montalba Architects is adept at designing around standout pieces of art, and designing homes with space for personal collections to grow and unfold. The Bex & Arts pavilion represents the first foray into the art world from the firm’s Lausanne office. Recent project highlights from the Lausanne office include a shop-in-shop for Carolina Herrera within Harrods in London; The Row’s Paris showroom and a shop-in-shop within Le Bon Marché; as well as a Lausanne pied-à-terre.
The pavilion at Bex & Arts incorporates an exhibition space for more than 30 artwork models, a bookstore and library, as well as a fabrication laboratory that acts as a small-scale workshop for personal digital manufacturing. Two structural shelves support the roof while the open library and exhibition space encircle the fabrication laboratory located at the center.
The “Energy” theme was determined by the event’s new artistic director Catherine Bolle Vaud, who holds a Master of Visuals Arts in the public space and is the recipient of the 2007 Grand Prize of the Vaud Foundation for Culture. Thirty artists have been invited to exhibit their sculptures in the 18 acre park, including internationally celebrated sculptors such as Vanessa Safavi, Olivier Sévère, Cat Tuong Nguyen, and Guillaume Pilet, among others.
About Bex & Arts
Founded in 1979 with just nine artists, the Bex & Arts festival takes place every three years in the Szilassy Park, where dozens of artists showcase contemporary outdoor sculptures. Szilassy Park is an English garden constructed in 1835 that overlooks the village of Bex and the Plain of Rhône, located in the southern corner of Switzerland adjacent to the French border. The original intention of the park was to make the entire landscape a garden, without any breaks between park and landscape, which makes it an ideal space in which to display sculptures of various materials and sizes.
About Montalba Architects
Founding Principal David Montalba, FAIA, SIA, started Montalba Architects in 2004 and is the driving force of leadership and design within the firm. Montalba Architects is a diverse architecture and design studio of more than 48 designers based in Santa Monica, CA, with a satellite office in Lausanne, Switzerland. The award-winning practice is engaged in retail, residential, and other select commercial projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Believing that architecture and one’s environment can truly improve quality of life, Montalba's approach is humanistic in nature, which often leads to solutions that are discrete, contextual, yet conceptual in their intent, effect, and appeal. Projects aim to create environments that are both socially responsive and aesthetically progressive. Montalba Architects’ original Santa Monica studio is located within Bergamot Station, a creative hub and arts district at 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. T4, Santa Monica, CA. Montalba Architects, Sàrl is located at Rue Centrale 6, 4 eme stage, Lausanne, CH-1003, Switzerland. Further information about Montalba Architects and a full suite of project images can be found at www.montalbaarchitects.com.