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Swiss Made

New Architecture from Switzerland

Steven Spier, Martin Tschanz

     7.75 × 8.5 in (19.7 × 21.6 cm)
Hardcover
256 pages
250 color illustrations, 100 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Rights: North America only
ISBN: 9781568984254


When it comes to architecture, Switzerland wields an international influence that belies its small geographic size. Such prominent figures as Herzog & de Meuron and Peter Zumthor lead a chorus of innovative new voices emanating from this mountainous nation where craftsmanship, simple beauty, and environmental sensitivity have always been prized values. Swiss Made presents the work of the celebrated studios and architects at the forefront of Swiss design, much of which has never been seen before in the United States.

In his introduction, historian Steven Spier provides an overview of Swiss architecture and considers the cultural attitudes that have fostered such refined buildings. Critic Martin Tschantz assesses the Swiss tradition of integrating progressive design, indigenous building techniques, and advanced engineering systems. The clear-eyed images of architectural photographer Christian Richters are supplemented by drawings and plans of the many projects included in this handsome volume.

Swiss Made features the work of: Burkhalter & Sumi, Diener & Diener, Gigon & Guyer, Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Merkli, Peter Zumthor, and many others.


Steven Spier is Professor of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Martin Tschanz was curator of the exhibition "Architecture in the 20th Century: Switzerland" at the Architectural Museum in Frankfurt.


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