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A unique photographic survey of the best architecture in Switzerland, showcasing the nation’s advanced engineering, superlative craftsmanship and stunning natural scenery

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Overview

Established on the global stage by the international success and influence of architects such as Peter Zumthor and Herzog & de Meuron, today’s generation of architects in Switzerland draws on the country’s distinctive landscape of alpine peaks, crystalline lakes and efficient cities, and fuses traditional Swiss materials with new high-tech tools and innovative construction methods.

New Swiss Architecture documents fifty of the most important buildings of the last decade through architectural photographs that highlight their exceptional detail, attention to context and material experimentation. Because of their isolated locations, many of these buildings are little known, despite having been designed by leading architects, including Christ & Gantenbein, Gigon/Guyer, Valerio Olgiati, Charles Pictet, Richter Dahl Rocha and Diener & Diener. The book is presented in two sections: the first comprises a photographic portfolio of projects organized into themes: Alpine, Infrastructural, Recreational, Rural, Suburban, Urban. The second section describes each of the featured buildings through drawings, plans and concise texts.

Produced for design aficionados, this lavish publication will attract architecture practitioners and students seeking inspiration from work produced at the most sophisticated level.

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Reviews

'Offers a detail-oriented appraisal of inventive structures and their novel take on traditional Swiss materials and techniques'
Aesthetica

'A unique photographic survey of the best Swiss architecture of a new generation'
New Design

Further Details

Specifications

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 25.5 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 12 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500343036

About the Author

Nathalie Herschdorfer is an author and curator specialised in photography. She is the director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, and a curator with FEP (Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography). She has written a number of books amongst which are Afterwards and reGeneration.

Maya Birke von Graevenitz is an architecture writer based in Zurich.

List of Contributors

Nathalie Herschdorfer, Maya Birke von Graevenitz, Hubertus Adam