“miniatures and landscapes” model exhibition at BALTSprojects

December 16, 2016

The exhibition miniatures and landscapes shows a series of large-scale models, which attempt to miniaturize architectural space or spatial systems. A university building, a residential block, a sports hall – each model was built in scale of 1:50, 1:20 or 1:33.

 

BALTSprojects, exhibition view © Leon Faust

BALTSprojects, exhibition view © Leon Faust

 

A series of photographs projected onto the wall poses a dynamic pole to the presence of the large-scale models. The photographs depict rural, as well as urban landscapes, through which the architectural models move – Spaces and spatial systems are set in motion, and become ar-chitecture rather than remain architecture. (more…)

“Schweizweit. Recent Architecture in Switzerland” at S AM Basel

November 29, 2016

Following the facade installation ‘Imagine la Suisse’, marking the start of the new S AM programme under the lead of director Andreas Ruby, S AM is opening the exhibition ‘Schweizweit‘, a visual atlas of recent architectural production in Switzerland.

 

Thal school Angela Deuber Thal (SG), 2013 © Schaub Stierli Fotografie

Thal school, Angela Deuber, Thal (SG), 2013, © Schaub Stierli Fotografie

 

The image of Swiss architecture today is still very strongly characterised by the 1990s, when it was catapulted into the global spotlight and became a model of architectural minimalism. The architects who stood for this reduced and sublimated concept of building at the time – such as Herzog & de Meuron, Diener & Diener, Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli, etc. – are still regarded as pars pro toto for Swiss architecture, at least from an international perspective. We hear much less about the architects of the subsequent generations, who have been intervening more and more actively in the architecture debate since then.’Schweizweit’ tracks down the architecture firms that have developed over the past two decades. (more…)

“MAN transFORMS: The Documents” Hans Hollein in the new space created by Petra Blaisse

November 1, 2016

The exhibition “MAN transFORMS: The Documents” explores the exhibition “MAN transFORMS” – the opening show of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design in New York in 1976 – which was conceived by Hans Hollein and Lisa Taylor.

 

Photograph of the installation SACRED SPACE by Mandala (Nader Ardalan and Carl Schlamminger), opening exhibition of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976. Image from the press kit of the exhibition MAN transFORMS

Photograph of the installation SACRED SPACE by Mandala (Nader Ardalan and Carl Schlamminger), opening exhibition of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976. Image from the press kit of the exhibition MAN transFORMS

 

The exhibition was developed by a group of architects over the course of two years and challenged the notion of design and tested the potential of a national museum of design. With the inclusion of such diverse architectural positions as Richard Buckminster Fuller, Arata Isozaki, Richard Meier, Ettore Sottsass and Oswald Mathias Ungers, Hollein created a curatorial framework which allowed a very broad and yet substantial examination of the notion of design to emerge against the background of an environment profoundly shaped by man. (more…)

Contemporary Swiss architecture, this fall at Casa dell’Architettura di Roma

September 29, 2016

The Casa dell’Architettura in Rome starts its fall season with a series of events dedicated to the dissemination of some of the best examples of contemporary Swiss architecture, through an exhibition and three lecture sessions.

 

Bündner Kunstmuseum, Barozzi Veiga © Barozzi Veiga

Bündner Kunstmuseum, Barozzi Veiga © Barozzi Veiga

 

Between October 11 and November 8, the House of Architecture in Rome (Casa dell’Architettura) will host a program of conferences entitled “Contemporary Architecture in Switzerland. New Museums and cultural centers” and the exhibition “Architecture in Switzerland. Dialogue between history and contemporary living”, dedicated to contemporary Swiss Architecture and Museums.

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“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” at Musil Brescia

August 16, 2016

The Swiss landscape will be portrayed on 36 panels and three movies, starting from historical gardens and developing into current landscape infrastructures, showing how they have played an essential role in the evolution of landscape architecture.

 

"The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture" © Musil

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” © Musil

 

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture – The Landscape Architecture in Switzerland” is an educational exhibition by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, curated by Michael Jakob and hosted at musil - the Hydroelectricity Museum in Cedegolo. The exhibition’s aim is to  underline the great relevance of landscape policies.

From June 11 until September 11, the exhibition will tour to musil in Cedegolo inviting visitors to discover the richness and beauty of its landscape, showing how a traditional urban environment can be transformed into a different, more ecological living wellness space. (more…)

“André M. Studer. On the measure of things” at S AM Basel

May 18, 2016

Based on original documents, this 2016 summer exhibition at S AM provides the first general overview of the oeuvre of Swiss architect André M. Studer, who died in 2007. André M. Studer adopted a special position of significance in post-war Swiss architecture.

 

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67  © Christian Kahl, 2016

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67 © Christian Kahl, 2016

 

His expressive organic language of forms was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Based on theories of harmonic proportion, Studer developed his own concept of holistic architecture. Influential figures such as Sigfried Giedion, Werner M. Moser and Bernhard Hoesli described him as one of the most talented in his generation. (more…)

John Hejduk’s drawings at ETH Zurich

April 13, 2016

“The arguments and points of view are within the work, within the drawings; it is hoped that the conflicts of form will lead to clarity which can be useful and perhaps transferable.” ETH Zürich will be showcasing a selection of American architect John Hejduk’s drawings, commemorating the previous three exhibitions held in the past.

 

John Hejduk, sketch for 'Victims', 1986 © Hejduk

John Hejduk, sketch for ‘Victims’, 1986 © Hejduk

 

“The arguments and points of view are within the work, within the drawings; it is hoped that the conflicts of form will lead to clarity which can be useful and perhaps transferable.” — John Hejduk, 1964

In the run-up to the gta’s 50th anniversary in 2017, we are working with Drawing Matter and Alexander Lehnerer’s Chair of Architecture and Urban Design to put together an exhibition on the 20th century American architect John Hejduk. Hejduk’s drawings will be displayed to commemorate the three Hejduk exhibitions held by the gta between 1973 and 1983, including his legendary 1973 exhibition with Aldo Rossi. (more…)

“Richard Neutra – The new furniture” at Architekturforum Zürich

March 23, 2016

With his light-flooded homes, Richard Neutra’s (1892-1970) influence is the image of Californian modernism. Born in Vienna, a student of Adolf Loos and Swiss landscape architect Gustav Ammann, he built numerous schools, office buildings and villas, including projects in Switzerland. However, little is known about Neutra’s work on the interiors of his houses.

 

"Camel Table" stand, Richard Neutra © Ralf Nadolski/Prospettive

“Camel Table” stand, Richard Neutra © Ralf Nadolski/Prospettive

 

With his light-flooded homes, Richard Neutra’s (1892-1970) influence is the image of Californian modernism. Born in Vienna, a student of Adolf Loos and Swiss landscape architect Gustav Ammann, he built numerous schools, office buildings and villas, including projects in Switzerland. Little is known , however, as just a small part in his whole work, is Neutra’s work on the interiors of his houses .

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“This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978″ at S AM Basel

March 16, 2016

The exhibition presents a series of twelve episodes – beginning in the 1950s – that look at the ferment of new ideas as architects began to reconceive space in response to the conditions of a newly affluent society and the emergence of the electronic age.

 

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

 

S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents Spatial Positions 11 «This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978» an exhibition by the Drawing Matter collection about architectural imagination, and the power, processes and poetics of creation and invention. (more…)

“Aldo Rossi: La Finistra del Poeta” at EPFL Lausanne

February 23, 2016

The exhibition explores architectural thinking and introduces the visitors to critical ways of looking at Rossi’s prints. The content includes his collection of prints and a selection of plates magnified by drawings, photographs and sketches that are significant for understanding Rossi’s flow of creativity.

 

Aldo Rossi, Dieses ist langer - Ora questo è perduto, 1975, etching, collection Bonnefantenmuseum © Eredi Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi, Dieses ist langer – Ora questo è perduto, 1975, etching, collection Bonnefantenmuseum © Eredi Aldo Rossi

 

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Aldo Rossi’s museum in Maastricht, the Bonnefantenmuseum produced an exhibition on the fascinating Opera Grafica of this versatile architect and artist. Along with the exhibition, titled “La finestra del poeta” after a favourite subject of Rossi’s, Silvana Editoriale has published the book Aldo Rossi: Opera Grafica, a work conducted in close cooperation with the museum and the Fondazione Aldo Rossi in Milan, and ARCHIZOOM is publishing a map and an application on the Città analoga. (more…)