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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 formed in Zurich in 2004 by Barbara Holzer and Tristan Kobler; another studio was opened in Berlin in 2012. The office operates internationally, covering a broad spectrum of activities from urban planning to architecture, from scenography to exhibition curatorship. A multidisciplinary team comprising architects, designers, graphic artists and curators and the collaboration with a tightly knit network encompassing business, research and culture shapes its special approach to projects.

Awards and Prize

The American Architecture Prize 2017
International Design Award IDA 2016, Silber Kategorie
Interior Design und lobende Erwähnung Kategorie Office
2017 Häuser des Jahres 2017 für Einfamilienhaus
2017 Iconic Awards 2017, 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