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Bauen mit Feingefühl
Swiss Sensibility: The Culture of Architecture in Switzerland

Zeitgenössische Baukultur in der Schweiz

Current Swiss building culture

Contemporary architecture in Switzerland is influenced by Peter Zumthor and Herzog & de Meuron, recipients of the Swiss Pritzker Prize, as well as a number of other prominent architects.

The book presents 25 buildings in Switzerland designed by 16 influential Swiss architects: The range covers high-density urban developments through to rural sites in the alpine environment, with examples of traditional craftsmanship and materials, and modern construction technology and engineering. Large-format photographs illustrate the buildings’ proportions, materials, and details.

Four authors analyze the Swiss building culture and its high architectural quality from an insider’s and an outsider’s point of view. In a detailed interview, Peter Zumthor explains his approach to architectural design.

  • 25 projects by 16 Swiss architects, including Bearth & Deplazes, Gian Caminada, Herzog & de Meuron, EM2N, Diener & Diener, Miller & Maranta and Valerio Olgiati
  • Interview with Peter Zumthor
  • Detailed insights into Swiss building culture

Author Information

Anna Roos, architect/author, Bern; R. James Breiding, Zurich; Dr. Irina Davidovici, Zurich; Prof. Niall McLaughlin, London; et al.

Reviews

"Dieses Buch ist eine Erkundung der Besonderheiten und Einmaligkeiten, denen dieses kleine Land seine grossartige architektonische Reputation verdankt."

Mirjam Rombach in: Das Ideale Heim No.9 (2017). 42

"Es ist vom Umschlag bis zur letzten Seite selber ein Stück Architektur und mit genau dem gleichen Feingefühl erschaffen worden, wie die Projekte, die darin vorgestellt werden. Ein Buch für die dunklen Wintermonate und definitiv ein Buch, das wir unseren Freunden schenken dürfen."

Lukas Vogelsang in: ensuite. Zeitschrift zu Kultur & Kunst No.179 (2017), 19

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Audience: Architects, students, laypersons interested in architecture

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