Davos Reinvents Itself

Organizer: gta Ausstellungen
Date: Saturday, 25 November 2017 to Sunday, 31 December 2017
Time: 17.00
Location: Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich; Kongresszentrum Davos Klosters

Davos Reinvents Itself
Ernst Gisel and the Cultural and Sports Centre Davos

Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, autumn 2017
Concept and organisation: Martina Koll-Schretzenmayr and Simona Casaulta-Meyer in collaboration with Destination Davos Klosters
Kongresszentrum Davos Klosters, 25 November 2017 (only open to the public on the launch day)
27 November 2017 – 13 Januar 2018
in the Park by the Kirchner- Museum, Davos
Location of the exhibition pavillon next to the Panorama Hotel, Promenade 80, 7270 Davos Platz
Opening hours daily 9 – 21.00 (26 – 31 Dezember 2017, 9 – 17.00)
free admission

Ernst Gisel (born 1922) is one of the most important and influential Swiss architects of the post-World-War-II era. Only a few years after the Park Theatre (1953–1955), the first outstanding example of a multifunctional event centre in Switzerland, from 1959 onwards Ernst Gisel again tackled the building of a culture and sports centre in the form of an indoor swimming pool and the Kongresshaus Davos, opened in 1969, that today is used as an international congress venue and – as a worldwide attraction – the meeting place of the World Economic Forum.
Two exhibitions in Zurich and Davos illustrate how the “highest town in the Alps” in collaboration with the architect Ernst Gisel created a space for congresses, seminars, training courses, concerts, theatre, and club and sports events in the centrally located historical Kurpark, thus architecturally successfully completing the transition from a climatic spa for lung-disease patients to an international tourism and congress location. The visitors are given glimpses into the architect’s archive material and experience the Culture and Sports Centre in historical film footage. The exhibition demonstrates how significant Ernst Gisel’s building was for the location development of Davos was, and indeed still is today.