Forest & Wood – Design & Installation in the Viennese parlament

Andrea Gassner

The light that filters through this roof onto the 270 sq. m. of stretched material creates a striking illusion of the atmosphere in a forest. The marble columns of the hall become tree trunks, the ceiling a canopy of leaves.

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    Andrea Gassner, Austria (2015)

    It is above all the unerring way in which she devises and implements dizzyingly daring concepts of a kind that only few designers could convince their clients to use. In...

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    The light that filters through this roof onto the 270 sq. m. of stretched material creates a striking illusion of the atmosphere in a forest. The marble columns of the hall become tree trunks, the ceiling a canopy of leaves.

    • Client:

    • proHolz Austria, Kooperationsplattform FHP
    • Countries:

    Andrea Gassner, Austria (2015)

    It is above all the unerring way in which she devises and implements dizzyingly daring concepts of a kind that only few designers could convince their clients to use. In a single day Andrea Gassner magically installed a forest in the large columned hall of the Austrian Parliament. She spanned a huge banner below the hall’s light-flooded glass ceiling so that, looking from below, one saw treetops in their original size. “This is the first time one can really breathe in this building” said the President of the Austrian National Council upon entering the ‘forest’ in the hall. “Absolutely breath-taking”, is what I say as a colleague! Andrea can give order to chaos, she can create a cool warmth and can even harmonise nature with modernity. She does not loudly proclaim what she does but her work is heard and seen far beyond the borders of Austria.
    _AGI Austria, Elisabeth Kopf (sponsor)

    Publications

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    ATELIER GASSNER – VISUAL ESSAYS

    (2017)

    • Andrea Gassner,
    • Reinhard Gassner,
    • Alberto Alessi,
    • Walter Bohatsch,
    • Köbi Gantenbein,
    • Roland Jörg

    Atelier Gassner

    Architect Alberto Alessi writes in his essay: “The work of Atelier Gassner is a demonstration of this deeper spatial perception. The goal of their work is to convey a value and not just formal results.” ISBN 978-3-85449-468-3

    Education

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    • Postgraduate
    • 1993 – 1998 trained at the "Schule für Gestaltung" graphic design class; graduated with distinction and holds the Swiss certificate of competence in graphic design (Switzerland)
    • 2000 – 2002 took “the graduate programme in graphic design”, completed as a Master of Fine Art (Netherland)

    Awards

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    • 2023

    Fritz Gottschalk Ma-g Awards, 2x Silber
    • 2023

    IID Award Winner, Silber
    • 2023

    European Design Awards, Finalist
    • 2022

    DSM Award Winner, Architektur & Design
    • 2022

    Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2022

    European Design Award, Silber
    • 2022

    Joseph Binder Award, Silber
    • 2019

    Iconic Award – Innovative Architectural
    • 2019

    Holzbaupreis Vorarlberg
    • 2018

    Winner - TDC New York, Certificate of Typographic Excellence
    • 2018

    TDC Tokyo Award
    • 2018

    European Design Awards, Bronze
    • 2018

    European Design Awards, Finalist
    • 2018

    DDC Award, Silber
    • 2017

    CCA Award
    • 2017

    Schönste deutsche Bücher
    • 2017

    DDC Award
    • 2017

    ADC*E Awards
    • 2017

    AdWin
    • 2016

    Schönste deutsche Bücher
    • 2015

    Schönste deutsche Bücher
    • 2014

    Joseph Binder Award, Gold
    • 2014

    ISTD International Typographic Award
    • 2014

    Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2013

    European Design Award, Gold
    • 2013

    Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2012

    In Book Design - D&AD Award
    • 2012

    European Design Award, Silber
    • 2012

    Joseph Binder Award, Gold
    • 2012

    Schönste Bücher Deutschlands
    • 2012

    Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt, Bronze
    • 2011

    IF Communication Design Award
    • 2011

    ISTD International TypoGraphic Award
    • 2011

    IF Communication Design Award
    • 2011

    CCA Venus Creative Club Austria
    • 2011

    Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt, Bronze
    • 2011

    Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2010

    Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt, Silber
    • 2009

    DAM Architekturbuchpreis
    • 2009

    Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt, Silber
    • 2009

    European Design Award, Bronze
    • 2008

    Staatspreis - Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2007

    Auszeichnung – Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2006

    Staatspreis - Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2002

    Staatspreis - Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2002

    Bronzemedaille - Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt
    • 2001

    Staatspreis - Schönste Bücher Österreichs
    • 2000

    Bronzemedaille - Joseph Binder Award

    Other Professional Activities

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    • professor in Design Summer School, Hangzhou (Jumping He)

      2023 – present

    • board member 100bP

      2022 – present

    • Jury member IBK Internationale Bodensee Konferenz Förderpreis

      2022 – present

    • Jury member 100bP

      2020 – present

    • Member of DDC (Deutscher Designer Club)

      2018 – present

    • Published critiques in Archithese Zürich

      2015 – present

    • Jury member for the LAVA Design Award

      2014 – 2017

    • Jury member TEC Zürich

      2013 – present

    • Jury member of the commission fine and applied art of the State of Vorarlberg

      2013 – 2019

    • Jury member DAM Architectural Book Award in Frankfurt

      2010 – present