Architecture is a continuous search for the ideal and at the same time a trail, an inventory of reality. it has been our quest from the beginning to Seek a form that expresses both of these conditions and that resolves the latent contradictions of ambition, program and site. Desire and reality form an increasingly conflicted relationship. Thus, we pursue strategies that do not adhere to a single vision of cohesion but rather integrate discrepancies and extremes with organizational logic and clarity.
Piet Eckert and Wim Eckert are brothers. Both graduated from the ETH in Zurich in 1994 and 1995. Both worked from 1994 till 1997 at OMA in Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Seoul. They have taught at several schools and universities in Europe and are currently guest professors at the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio. They established E2A in 2001. Their work has been widely published including the comprehensive monograph E2A in 2011 with Hatje Cantz, more recently in 2014 silent form with Park Books and presently the new monograph by 2G Magazine of Gustavo Gili Editors. Their work has expanded geographically and typologically to a wider range in Europe with works in the realm of the public, cultural, corporate, commercial and housing domain. Their methodology of work confronts idealism with an inventory of realities. This confrontation witnesses a sense of irony, a pleasure and a strategic contradiction to reassess an omnipresent burden of context and program. Desire and reality, narrative and analysis form an increasingly conflicted relationship. E2A’s contributions therefore don’t necessarily have to adhere to a single vision of cohesion, but rather integrate discrepancies and disruptions with implicit organizational logic. Constraints are converted into architectural forms.
The office continuously engages in themes of urban planning and questions of urbanity within the frame of national and international competitions. E2A has won more than 30 competitions to date and has been awarded numerous international prizes. Several realized housing, office and public projects as well as urban studies testify these credentials.
E2A is continuously developing its know-how in the context of studies, research projects and pilot research cooperations (ETH Zurich, HCU HafenCity Universität Hamburg).
2009-2011 Guest Professorship for Architecture and Sustainable Development, HCU HafenCity Universität Hamburg; focus: implementation of a „think tank“ working on sustainability at the interface between architecture, city planning, huminities and engineering.
Since 2010-2015 partner at the SUPat (Sustainable Urban Patterns) research project directed by the ETH Zurich; the results have influence upon the national research program “New Urban Quality” (NFP 65).
Since 2014 Guest Professorship at the USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana at Mendrisio.
E2A has reflected and presented its work in several exhibitions.
Architekturgalerie München, 2013
Körper und Schichten
Aedes Architekturgalerie Berlin, 2012
Ideale Stadt, E2A in Hamburg
AIT Architektur Salon, Hamburg, 2012
E2A. Bauten und Projekte
Galerie Renate Kammer, Hamburg, 2011
Architekturgalerie Luzern, 2010
E2A. Serien 2004-09
Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof, Stuttgart, 2009
Einführungen 2006-2009 (Group Exhibition)
Architektur Galerie Berlin, 2009
E2A. Der ideale Kontext
Architektur Galerie Berlin, 2008