- 07.12.2021

HEAD – Genève

The international symposium Nocturnal History of Architecture traces a path from ancient to early modern times, and from modernity to the present, using the nocturnal spaces that have determined current notions of architecture to examine the role of night-time in the construction of contemporary cities and societies.


HEAD – Genève

Designing Club Culture is a lecture by Dr Catharine Rossi for the ‘Nocturnal Perspectives’ lecture series. In this lecture Rossi reflects on her experiences of curating exhibitions on the design of club culture.


HEAD – Genève

The Space of MTV. From Inner-City Clubbing to Basement Suburbia is a lecture by Léa-Catherine Szacka for the ‘Nocturnal Perspectives’ lecture series. At the outset of the 1980s, the American cable channel MTV started showing music videos around the clock for an avid young audience, generating a sequence of discontinuous episodes that infiltrated the domestic space and disrupted the more traditional family daily routine.


- 07.10.2021

Hiflow, Geneva

Nocturnal Still Life explores the nightly condition of the seabed and its liquid darkness by using artificial organisms and watery light as props for nocturnal compositions. Plunged into darkness, the three-dimensional paintings become a support for photography or film in the framework of a large exploratory dinner organised at Hiflow, Geneva.


- 10.12.2021

HEAD – Genève

Cruising Pavilion is a course dedicated to the history of various LGBTQI+ places of sexual encounter, following the eponymous exhibition project presented in Venice, New York, and Stockholm.


- 24.09.2021


Taking Geneva as a case study, the workshop After Sunset, Before Sunrise investigates the city’s transformation at the very ephemeral moment of sunset. How do changes in the city’s intangible elements influence the tangible ones as well as our perception of them?


- 28.11.2021

Seoul Architecture Biennale

Circa Diem raises awareness about the impact of our daily exposure to light and its dynamics in dense urban environments, exploring its relationship with our so-called circadian rhythms. Project developed by EPFL and HEAD – Genève for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021.


- 12.09.2021

Milan Design Week

The Korova Milk Bar is a fictional night bar from Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange. Even though the original venue only existed as fiction, its transgressive environment has given the bar cult status, to the point of providing inspiration for several real nocturnal places around the world.


Plan Libre N. 179

“Taking pictures by night is very difficult, because you only have 20 minutes, the sun’s going down, there’s a moment when it’s perfect, then it’s less perfect, and then you can’t do it, it’s too dark. Because you need to see the outline of the building.” Richard Levene, founder of El Croquis. Geneva, 2019


- 31.10.2021

Design Parade Toulon

In 1965, interior architect Robert Haussmann created the Kronenhalle Bar in Zurich. In 2021 HEAD – Genève revisited the nocturnal side of Kronenhalle for Design Parade Toulon, exploring the role of the original lamps and artificial lighting in the construction of contemporary interiors.