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If the apprentice brings you a top job for the Venice Biennale: thank you Eugenio!

A few months ago we received a mail from a young architect, Eugenio Squassabia.

He was an apprentice at our workshop last year and now he is working for the German architectural firm ” Ciriacidis Lehnerer Architekten” based in Zurich.Eugenio, primo stagista della Ermesponti, mentre impara da un mastro falegname

We were very surprised to hear that they were searching for a furnishing company to produce some pieces of furniture for the German Pavillon at the next Biennale di Architettura, directed by Rem Koolhas , in Venice.

Here we are! We answered.

In January they came and visited us at our workshop, here in Mantua.

Il padiglione Germania alla Biennale architettura 2014They told us about their idea; they showed us the drawings and pictures of the wooden models.
We liked the project so much!

We talked about architecture. What a wonderful affinity between us! We both recognize in Adolf Loos one of our favorite masters of the Modern Movement and we both love his concept of “raumplan” and use it in our projects…

This can be a perfect demonstration of David Chipperfield‘s theme at the last biennale,

“Common Ground”. If there is a common background behind a little Italian architectural firm like ours and the German firm who won the contest for the next Biennale’s German pavilion, David Chipperfiled was perfectly right!

We just saw, at the opening, the results of the Rem Koolhas’ biennale, and the German pavillion has been judged by the Guardian one of top 10 best of this edition.

We are so proud to have cooperated with Savas, Alex and Eugenio for this project!

Padilgione Germania alla Biennale Architettura 2014

“The Bonn Chancellor’s Bungalow today at the Venice Biennale… also thanks to ermes ponti.” By Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis.

Lehenerer and Ciriacidis architects

The architects in charge of the German Pavillion at the Venice Biennale talk about how they met our company and the way the collaboration between us evolved.

Thank you for your post, Alex and Savvas!

By Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis.

Padiglione Germania Biennale Venezia

We were very fortunate to have been able to work with ermesponti on the project “Bungalow Germania” of the German Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale 2014.

At first we were quite concerned about how to rebuild the Chancellor’s Bungalow in Bonn from 1964 here in Venice.

Then, only by chance we met Daniela and Paolo from ermesponti.

Our Italian friend and collaborator Eugenio Squassabia from Mantua recommended them to us as years ago he used to work for them.

We have already heard a lot about the exquisite craftsmanship of North Italian companies, but never really imagined what kind of enthusiasm and precision there is involved in their work since we met ermesponti.

key hole study by ermes pontiDaniela and Paolo immediately went to Bonn themselves as they had to see the “original” and to have a close look at all the details of the wooden furniture of the Bungalow to be reproduced in Venice – all the way to the brass key holes of the cabinet doors, as shown in the drawing.

This analysis almost resembled an archeological project into Bonn’s recent past.

Paolo’s dad then went to Milan to get exactly the right kind of veneer for the built-in cabinets of the Bungalow in Bonn.
The result is stunning.

Padilgione Germania Biennale Venezia

There was so much care and love involved that we almost feel guilty that after six months of the Biennale everything has to disappear again.

But before that you should go and see the exhibition yourself and how precise all the ermesponti furniture is crafted in the Pavilion.

We even started to tell people there: if they wanted to see how everything looks in 50 years, they should go to Bonn!

Padiglione Germani Biennale Venezia

But maybe you should also go to Mantova and have a look at ermesponti’s workshop and listen to Paolo how carefully they choose and compose every piece of veneer by hand to get the right character of wood for every single project.

It is amazing and inspiring to still have people around today who care so much about what they do.Paolo Ponti of ermes ponti at work on Biennale German pavillion