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La fabrique des contes

CompanyHolzer Kobler Architekturen Zürich/Berlin
Lead DesignersHolzer Kobler Architekturen
Project LocationGeneva, Switzerland
ClientMusée d‘ethnographie de Genève
CreditsPhotos by Radek Brunecky
Prize(s)Silver in Interior Design / Museum, Exhibits, Pavilions and exhibitions
Entry Description

The exhibition «The fairy tale factory» focuses on wondrous, well known and at times frightening European fairy tales and follows a strict spatial division between illusion and explanation. Eight immersive, highly atmospheric and artistically differing chambers and one room for own creation emphasize the imaginary worlds. In their backstage area, the audience finds itself in an atmosphere reminiscent of the paths of a labyrinth, where it learns about the production of fairy tales, their authorship and the various forms of their translation and transfer.


Holzer Kobler Architekturen was established in Zurich in 2004 by Prof. Barbara Holzer and Prof. Tristan Kobler. Today, the studio operates internationally out of Zurich, Berlin, Cologne and Nyon and covers a wide spectrum of competences including urban plann­ing and architecture, scenography and design. A multidisciplinary team made up of architects, designers, graphic artists and curators define its specific orientation in close collaboration with public and private sectors as well as a broad network that encompasses industry, sci­ence, art and culture.

Awards and Prize

2021 LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2020: Design Hostel
2021 Architizer A+Awards | Finalist: Colorful Zone
2020 Architecture MasterPrizeTM: PRISON, exhibition
2020 DNA Paris Design Awards 2020: Award for Messestrasse II
2019 Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards: Design Hostel
2018 Architizer A+Award | Special mention for UNESCO World Natural Heritage Wadden Sea Visitor Centre, Cuxhaven (GER)
2017 Häuser des Jahres: ELLI (residential building and studio)
2017 Iconic Awards, Auszeichnung Architecture Winner
2017 Luigi Micheletti Award 2017, Special Commendation
2016 Iconic Awards 2016, Auszeichnung Architecture Winner
2016 German Brand Award 2016, Kategorie: Industry Excellence in
Branding –Culture & Non-Governmental
2016 Niedersächsischer Staatspreis für Architektur 2016
2014 AIT International Retail & Presentation Award 2014
2014 Thüringer Preis zur Förderung der Baukultur 2014
2013 Iconic Awards 2013, Auszeichnung Event/ Exhibition
2013 Luigi Micheletti Award 2013, 1. Preis
2011 Auszeichnung vorbildlicher Bauten, im Land Hessen,
Besondere Anerkennung
2009 Hannes-Meyer-Preis des Landesvorstandes des BDA
Sachsen-Anhalt Anerkennung
2008 Grand Prix Design der Schweizerischen
2008 Tourismuspreis Sachsen-Anhalt, Auszeichnung
2007 Europäischer Museumspreis