“Transform” exhibition, Lacaton & Vassal at S AM Basel

For this show, three independent positions have been selected: “99¢ Space” by agps in Santa Ynez (USA), “Cité du Grand Parc” by Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin in Bordeaux (France) and the front structure for “Halle 118” by Baubüro in situ in Winterthur (Switzerland).

 

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

 

Today, the half-life of buildings is decreasing rapidly. When their function changes, they are often simply replaced. However, criticism of this spatial throwaway culture is growing. An ever-increasing number of architects are once again investigating structures’ potential for transformation and, in their reinterpretation, discovering scope for experimentation. To address this topic, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition “Transform” from the 29th of September to the 4th of November 2018.  (more…)

“Portrait of a Landscape” exhibition at S AM Basel

From the 7th of July to the 16th of September 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents the exhibition “Portrait of a Landscape” by Pierre-Philippe Hofmann. This Belgian-Swiss artist has hiked across Switzerland along ten axes – from the outermost borders to the geographical centre: Älggi Alp in the canton Obwalden.

 

Portrait of a Landscape © Pierre-Philippe Hofmann

Portrait of a Landscape © Pierre-Philippe Hofmann

 

Along the way, Hofmann captured countless images, thus producing a gigantic panorama of the country. Now, his video installation at S AM offers visitors a new way of experiencing Switzerland as a space. This exhibition is a continuation of the research into Switzerland that the museum commenced with its “Schweizweit” show. After the architectural portrait of Switzerland conveyed by that exhibition in 2016/2017, a territorial portrait of Switzerland is now revealed. With this exhibition, S AM is also launching a new mediation programme for children and youths: summer holiday workshops with city tours and hands-on activities. (more…)

“Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh” at S AM Basel

From the 2nd of December 2017 to the 6th of May 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition ‘Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’, curated by Niklaus Graber, Andreas Ruby and Viviane Ehrensberger. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

 

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

 

With ‘Bengal Stream’ S AM is the first museum worldwide to present an exhibition on Bangladesh’s architecture. In a chequered historical sequence of events, various trends have expressed themselves in different architectural ways, according to religious or socio-cultural developments. Nevertheless, many underlying motifs have held their ground in a typological sense for centuries and even represent a valid foundation for today’s architectural trends. Modernism also used these as a basis on which to build, whereby the most important local protagonist was Muzharul Islam. It was also in keeping with his personal identity, situated between localism and internationalism, to bring international protagonists like Paul Rudolph, Stanley Tigerman and ultimately Louis I. Kahn to Bangladesh for important construction projects. In ‘Bengal Stream’, original drawings by Muzharul Islam are exhibited for the first time outside of his native Bangladesh. (more…)