Ex-Macello Lugano presents “Schweizweit. Recent Architecture in Switzerland”

The gallery located in the former slaughterhouse in Lugano presents an exhibition organised and curated by S AM Basel, where it had been previously shown earlier this year. The exhibition is a visual atlas of recent architectural production in Switzerland.

 

Conversion Obstalden lilitt bollinger studio Obstalden (GL), 2016 © Mark Niedermann

Conversion Obstalden lilitt bollinger studio Obstalden (GL), 2016 © Mark Niedermann

 

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 MeuronDiener & Diener, Peter ZumthorPeter 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…)

“in Land aus Land. Swiss Architects Abroad” at S AM Basel

In this exhibition, S AM presents selected examples of built and planned projects from the past ten years. Here, special attention is also paid to the backflow from this work: How has the experience influenced local architectural practice?

 

Baby Dragon Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China 2004-2006 HHF architects Foto: Benjamin Krüger

Baby Dragon, Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China 2004-2006 HHF architects Foto: Benjamin Krüger

 

Swiss architects trying their luck abroad is not a new phenomenon, but it was Ticino’s Tendenza and German-speaking Switzerland’s minimalism that first helped Swiss architecture to make its international breakthrough. The projects realised abroad are often larger, more monumental or more experimental than those in Switzerland.

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“Forum Basel. Urban Spaces for Community Life” at the Swiss Architecture Museum

SAM Basel hosts an experimental exhibition and installation in which the museum’s rooms open up to the public hosting activities, architectural projects and case studies, becoming a place for collective dialog on public space.

 

Art Drop, the first public floating Art Gallery, combined with a traditional Basel river ferry, Kosmos Architects © S AM

Art Drop, the first public floating Art Gallery, combined with a traditional Basel river ferry, Kosmos Architects © S AM

 

Welcome to the public spaces of the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum! In keeping with the original purpose of the ‘Museion’ of Greek Antiquity, S AM is to be a house for public life from 20 May to 18 June.

Visitors can dwell in a co-working space in the first room, play table tennis in the second, get the feeling of being at a marketplace in the third or at a cinema in the fourth. Become part of public life at S AM and use its rooms for working, playing, reading, eating and relaxing. Commercial or political uses are strictly prohibited. (more…)

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

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…)

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

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…)

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

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…)

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” at S AM Basel

The exhibition invites visitors on a fascinating search for traces of moving images of Swiss architecture. In continuation of a series of exhibitions initiated in 2012 to examine the various media through which architecture is conveyed, the focus is now on film.

 

"Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image" S AM © Tom Bisig

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” S AM © Tom Bisig

 

Here, ‘film’ is understood to mean a broad spectrum of moving visual documents. A very wide range of different technologies and film genres that depict Swiss architecture in a documentary manner are taken into account – from traditional architecture documentaries to films made with mobile phone cameras, through to real-estate advertising films. A broad definition of the term ‘architecture’ is also applied: cinematic approaches to realised buildings, planned buildings, infrastructure constructions and urban landscapes are all included. (more…)

Spatial Positions 10: “The Sound of Architecture” at S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

On the occasion of the new music festival ZeitRäume, S AM presents an exhibition dedicated to the sound of spaces. With four highly diverse sound space interventions in the rooms of the S AM this exhibition invites visitors to explore the often under-appreciated interface between architecture and sound via the senses.

 

Spatial Positions 10: "The Sound of Architecture" © S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

Spatial Positions 10: “The Sound of Architecture” © S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

 

The show is dedicated to a frequently-neglected subject: the sound of space. The reason for the exhibition is the new festival ZeitRäume Basel – Biennial for new Music and Architecture, which takes place this September for the first time and combines biennial architecture with music. Berlin-based Austrian composer and artist Peter Ablinger, the Elektronisches Studio Basel and festival director Bernhard Günther have collaborated in drawing up an exhibition concept tailored specifically to the ear, realised architecturally by Lucerne architects Niklaus Graber and Christoph Steiger and combined to form a whole. (more…)