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Haus Zirl, Zirl

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Haus Zirl, Zirl, 1997

the next ENTERprise - architects
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For the Viennese firm, the next ENTERprise (tnE), the essential element of the architectural process does not involve what is but rather what is accidental. What matters is not what things are but what they can be or do – what they enable us to envisage. When it tackles a project tnE hardly differentiates between the result, positioned in time and space, and another level situated beyond the result, in the universe of ideas and concepts. Its architecture corresponds less to an encounter with forms, functions or ideas than a particular form of practices. In fact, it is randomness and unpredictability which, for the next ENTERprise, become a strategy for taking on the spatial and programmatic aspects of architecture.

Ernst J. Fuchs (b. 1963) and Marie-Thérèse Harnoncourt (b. 1967) are graduates of the University of Applied Arts Vienna where they notably studied under Wolf D. Prix (Coop. Himmelb(l)au). They have been working together since the 1990s. In 1994 in Vienna, they created the Poor Boy’s Entreprise firm with Fioran Haydn, which since his departure in 2000, has become the next ENTERprise - architects. Their projects involve experimental interventions in urban spaces such as the Hirnsegel Nr.7 (1995) or Stadtwind (2000); installations such as Audiolounge (2002); concrete constructions such as Haus Zirl (1997), the Seebad in Caltaro, Italy in 2006 (project for which they were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award en 2007), or Cloud Tower - Open-air Pavilion in Grafeneggn, Austria (2007); and concepts of urban planning such as the Urban Scratching project (2002) and the Archäologisches Zentrum de Mainz in Germany (first prize - 2009 competition).