Residence of the Swiss Ambassador
Brasilia, Brazil

Interior and furniture design
The embassy residence building was designed between 1977 and 1984 together with the embassy chancellery by the Swiss architects Annemarie and Hans Hubacher. The building manifests both the formal language of the Brazilian Brutalism of the 1970s and a modernist architecture. The exterior wall facing the driveway as well as various walls in the garden were provided with an expressive tile pattern by the Swiss artist Jean Baier in the Brazilian-Portuguese azulejo tradition.The selected furniture and objects create a dialogue between Brazilian and Swiss design. In addition to various pieces by Swiss designers and manufacturers, furniture by a design collective from São Paulo was selected, among whose members was Swiss-born Jacob Ruchti. The dining table was designed by the architect especially for this project and allows for dining at a long table as well as for separation into individual tables for workshops and as decorative wall tables.

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