Basel X Hong Kong

Imagine if Basel and Hong Kong were two people meeting for the first time. What would they talk about? Where would they find points of intersection? How do they get to know each other better?

what is PF25 cultural projects?

PF25 is a Basel-based research initiative which aims to build mutual understanding, to develop an intercultural network and to create active synergies through meaningful, on-the-ground cultural exchanges generated by research with a focus on Hong Kong and Basel - and extending to other regions of Switzerland - in order to expand a wider spectrum of imagination and to explore more diverse possibilities of living for the future. 


We identify significant characteristics and instigate curious reflections and deeper observations of everyday life aspects including: customs, foods, languages, relationships, borders and ecologies in a non-comparative approach. Engaging different groups and communities, experiences and ideas are gathered and shared through various platforms including workshops, talks, concerts, screenings, performance, exhibitions, field trips and publications. This allows us not only to foster cultural dialogues and deepen understanding between the two city-regions, it also evokes diverse stories that bring together wider perspectives to reflect on our own cities.


We hope our projects will enable us to contribute a small part to the city
development and archives of the two cities.



collected stories​

2021 happenings
Co-founder of PF25 Angelika Li has been invited to be one of the experts for the Gen A 2021 by the Asia Society Switzerland.
HONG KONG: 13 June 2021 11h CET 17h HKT

Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Meeting ID: 973 8132 0005
Password: 297006
ongoing projects from 2018 - 2020
June 2021
Due to the global pandemic situation, our 2021 Research Residents Bouie Choi and South Ho from Hong Kong will postpone their visit to Basel, Switzerland to 2022.
2018 projects / events + contributors

Jan 14-18

Hong Kong writer Vivienne Chow introduction to Basel & research studies in Basel – ‘On Women’

Jeannine Appel + Vivienne Chow x Angelika Li

Jun 9-19

Hong Kong x Tokyo x Basel Art Ecology Observations

Rika Fujiki & Yukiko Kakiuchi x Angelika Li & Donald Mak

Jun 10–19

Hong Kong writer Vivienne Chow research studies in Basel – ‘On Women’

Jun 17

Project Launch Events of PF25 + introduction of the current research and contributors

Rika Fujiki & Yukiko Kakiuchi + Vivienne Chow + Angelika Li & Donald Mak

Jun 25 - 26

Hong Kong artist Kingsley Ng - introduction to Basel

July 1 – 3

Hong Kong artist Warren Leung - introduction to Basel


Aug 30 – Sep 1

Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska research study in Basel


Sep 10-17

Hong Kong writer Vennes Cheng - introduction to Basel 


Oct 30

‘Herbstmesse – The Autumn Fair in Basel’ – Photo Documentation by Maris Merzulis


Dec 1

‘Hello Hong Kong’ – a Hong Kong handsewn bag project invited by Simonett and Baer Galerie, Basel featuring works by upcyclying expert and designer-maker Ken Hung from Hong Kong 

Dino Simonett & Martina Baer x Angelika & Ken Hung 

Dec 1

‘Hong Kong Album’ – an exhibition of Hong Kong photos by Hedy Leung, curated by Angelika Li at Simonett & Baer Galerie, Basel

Hedy Leung x Dino Simonett & Martina Baer x Angelika Li

2019 projects / events + contributors 

Jan 25

‘Food Cultures – HONG KONG x BASEL’ by Donald Mak: Looking at the hotpot traditions of the two cities

Chantal Konrad x Angelika Li & Donald Mak 


Jan 30 –Feb 5

Hong Kong curator Kwok Ying and architect Hong Wong - introduction to Basel

Mar 11-14

‘Fasnacht Basel’ (the Basel carnival) – interview and case study of Schonooggerkerzli Clique

Benedikt Vonder Mühll of Schonooggerkerzli Clique

Mar 12

Monocle Daily Radio Interview with Angelika Li on the cultural heritage of the Basel carnival

Mar 3 – 7

‘Crossing Oceans – MAP Office’ research at PF25 and presentation of the artist duo MAP Office’s practice on Mar 5 


MAP Office

Mar 6

Presentation of MAP Office at Herzog & de Meuron

April 8

Studio Visit and Conversations with Hong Kong artist Hanison Lau on ‘24 Solar Terms’

Hanison Lau x Angelika Li & Donald Mak


May 5

‘Food Cultures – BASEL x HONG KONG’ by Chantal Konrad on Spargel

Jun 22–24

Yan Yung of Coutou Woodworking Studio and Garfield Chan introduction to Basel and Basel-Land through nature walks 


2020 projects / events + contributors


Jan 23

‘Food Cultures – HONG KONG x BASEL’ on Lunar New Year traditional cakes making

Queenie Lee

Feb 28

Fasnacht Mask-making workshop

The Appel Family


Feb 28

Fasnacht Tour in the Old Town and the lower Pfeffergässlein by Robbie Appel


Jun 30

Post-performance interview with Thomas Keller and Balthasar Streif of Alphorn group Alponom

PF25 happenings

Please join us for a talk by Valerie Portefaix of Hong Kong-based architects/ artists duo MAP Office on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

She will cross oceans to present their practice and their latest work, including the Swiss premiere of THE BOOK of WAVES and the unfolding collaborative project with PF25 in Basel.

The talk will be conducted in English. Seats are limited.  RSVP is essential and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

contributors / credits



Jeannine, Robert and Alain Appel

Martina Baer

Agathe Chenaux-Repond

Bouie Choi

Vivienne Chow

Vennes Cheng

Rika Fujiki

May Fung

South Ho

Ken Hung

Yukiko Kakiuchi

Thomas Keller

Chantal Konrad

Hanison Lau

Queenie Lee

Hedy Leung

Martin Loppacher

Marysia Lewandowska

Ying Kwok

Leung Chi Wo

MAP Office

Maris Mezulis

Benedikt Vonder Mühll 

Dino Simonett

Irène Speiser

Balthasar Streif

Oliver Trueb

Hong Wong

Yan Yung

partner organisations


Art & Culture Outreach ACO, Hong Kong


culture matters beyond borders, Hong Kong

Coutou Wood Working, Hong Kong

過海的‧藝術計劃 CHT.ArtProject, Hong Kong

Simonett & Baer Galerie, Basel

Zit-Dim Art Space, Tainan



our board

PF25 is a Basel-based research initiative co-founded by Angelika Li and Donald Mak across Hong Kong and Basel in 2018. In 2020, PF25 established its status as a “Verein” (a non-profit organisation) in Switzerland, and warmly welcomed Ursula Hürzeler on board. 

Angelika Li Portrait.jpg

Angelika Li

co-founder & president


Ursula Hürzeler



Donald Mak

co-founder, secretary & treasurer

PF25 site histories




PF25 is located in Spalenhof at Spalenberg 12 and Pfeffergässlein 25, which is a site of significant cultural, historical and architectural importance at the heart of the old town of Basel.


With its partial Romanesque foundation laid in the 13th century, Spalenhof tells many valued Basel stories: from the earthquake in 1356 to the chivalric legend Knight Heinrich von Ramstein who resided here in 1437.  Another owner of the house was Bürgermeister (mayor) of Basel Kaspar Krug who met with Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Empire in 1563.  It then turned into a merchant’s house owned by businessman Isaak Dreyfuss in 1835, one of the first Jews to settle in Basel.


The painting of Justitia in the late Renaissance style commissioned by Krug in the 16th century resurfaced on the courtyard facade during a conversion of the building in 1964.


The building was sold to the City of Basel in 1956. Theater Fauteuil opened in 1957, Tabourettli in 1971 and the 16th century embellishments under gypsum walls and plaster ceilings by Krug were unearthed in the Kaisersaal (Emperor's Room) in 1979. Does it relate to the meeting between Krug and Ferdinand I? 


In 1986, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava worked on the overall renovation of the house including the structural conservation and custom furniture. It was one of earliest architectural commissions in his career.  The theatre reopened its door in 1989 and has become as a leading performing arts venue in Switzerland.


These form part of the historic and architectural features of the PF25 site.

A research on the history of the building is in progress. Please reach out to our team if you have information or leads to any history, story, conservation work back from the 1960's.




+41 61 525 8383

Pffefergässlein 25
4051 Basel