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Andreas Ruby, Viviane Ehrensberger, Stéphanie Savio
S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum (Hg./Ed.)
Recent architecture in Switzerland / Architecture récente en Suisse /
Architettura recente in Svizzera
336 pages, 486 colour and b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm, Swiss brochure
CHF 42.00 / EUR 39.00
ISBN 978-3-85616-814-8. English, parts in German, French and Italian
November 2016. 2016 Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel

New from Christoph Merian Verlag:

Andreas Ruby, Viviane Ehrensberger, Stéphanie Savio
S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum /
Swiss Architecture Museum (Hg./Ed.)


Recent Architecture in Switzerland / Architecture Récente en Suisse /
Architettura recente in Svizzera

Is there actually anything like a "Swiss architecture" and if so, what is it defined by? The new publication Schweizweit goes on the search for current Swiss architectural output and captures a snapshot of the surprising variation of positions that are fed by the cultural, historic, linguistic and geographical differences that so characterise this country. The book will be made available at the same time as the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum's eponymous exhibition, the first under the leadership of the new director Andreas Ruby, which will run from November 19, 2016, to May 7, 2017.

The image of Swiss architecture is still strongly shaped by the 1990s, when it rapidly gained international recognition and became the poster child for minimalist design. The architects that back then represented this reduced, but at the same time sophisticated style of building - Herzog & de Meuron, Diener & Diener, Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli, just to name a few - are still today internationally seen as pars pro Toto for Swiss architecture. The architects of the following generations, however, are less well known, even though they are becoming increasingly engaged in the scene. At the same time the currently built reality presents itself more and more differentiated and disparate: "Swiss architectures" instead of "Swiss architecture".

Schweizweit is a Tour d'Horizon of the current trends in architecture. What is being designed where by today's generation of Swiss architects, and which themes and contents are important to them? In order to get to the bottom of this, some 160 architecture practices from all parts of the country answered three questions and submitted pictures of their own projects, those realised by other bureaus as well as an example of the Swiss vernacular style that inspires them most in their own take on architecture. With its wide range of pictures and comments this publication shows the commonalities - but also the differences - in the themes, contents and formal strategies that currently are of concern to Swiss architects. Each contribution is published in the respective language of the region, as well as an English translation.

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