Favre & Guth

2017

Monograph

The firm

Founded in 1967, the Favre & Guth architectural firm is steeped in history and growth. With fifty years devoted to building, its increased dynamism has launched it well into the future and has established its reputation for solid and refined architecture, all part of Swiss rigor.

The firm, which today has some forty associates, has worked on many major projects that have redrawn the face of our city. New neighborhoods have emerged and are now being woven - because of Favre & Guth's talent - into the intensified metropolitan network of the Geneva of tomorrow.

The mandate

To produce a monograph which presented the work of the Favre & Guth architectural firm, to be published on its fiftieth anniversary.

Challenges

The goal was to design a suitable monograph with a form that represented complex and multiple content, to present the buildings erected, more particularly over the last fifteen years, but to promote the firm's future projects.

Thirty highlighted subjects comprising numerous photographs, plans, summary objects demonstrating both structure and harmony were selected. Added to these were tests, an interview, lists and general information that were prioritized to guide the reader graphically.

The readability of both texts and images was crucial and had three objectives: to satisfy the needs of architect-readers with demanding technical expertise, to satisfy the needs of amateurs whose minds sought sustenance, and to reflect the firm's philosophy through graphic reproduction and choices.

"The powerful elegance of the case is subtly refined once the book has been opened."

Design

A work with more than 570 pages had to remain manageable while reflecting a certain prestige. The outside case of the monograph was worked to produce a gift book and to highlight the volume of the object.

The powerful elegance of the case is subtly refined once the book has been opened. A light gray paper delivers the introductory texts and the final chronologies in the heart of the book, with chapter entries which have been simply illustrated. The graphics maintain calmness despite the wealth of information and the difficulty of a bilingual layout. Legibility is also provided by a well-weighed typographic choice (Theinhardt typography, drawn by Swiss François Rappo).

Production

The book - published in 2500 copies - was entirely made in Switzerland. The many images it contains - including scanned archive slides, digital photographs, drawings, plans - have all been subjected to extensive lithography to obtain extraordinary quality.

One of the other challenges was the case cover, made of white stamped canvas, with a magnetic closure to hold more than 570 pages. Several mock-ups were needed to ensure the quality and durability of the object.

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