There are many great Architecture projects in Switzerland worth talking about. Here’s our top 5!
Switzerland has a lot to offer to the world! The Alps, Swiss Chocolate, cheese, the lakes, their fine watches and natural landscapes. However, there’s often an overlooked aspect of why it’s worth visiting this wonderful country, especially for those who are fans: the architecture of course!
The country is home to some impressive architecture wonders, such as the entire old city of Bern, full of medieval buildings, that is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But nowadays the country is home to modern architecture projects worth seeing.
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, Mogno
Mario Botta, the architect in charge of this project, designed this building set to replace a 15th-century church that was destroyed by an avalanche in 1986. If you’re finding this building familiar is because it looks similar to Botta’s San Francisco Museums of Modern Art.
Fiore di Pietra, Monte Generoso
Another great work by Mario Botta. Located at Monte Generoso, a location highly-visited by tourists this building houses two restaurants and a gallery. A curious fact about the construction of the “Flower Stone”: They built a cableway at the time to load in materials.
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Renzo Piano designed this unique museum complex, in honor of artist Paul Klee who lived in Bern. Each of the steel and glass buildings serves a purpose, one houses a an art collection, one for education and another for research. The architect has more museum work in Switzerland, but this one is by far the most impressive one.
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Giger Museum and Bar, Gruyères; Giger Bar, Chur
Probably one of the most unique bars of all times! Designed by Oscar-winning H.R. Giger planned this bar to be placed in NYC, however, ultimately decided to build it in his hometown. This bar has all the spooky elements you’d think, including spines lining the vaulted ceiling.
Graubünden Museum of Fine Arts, Chur
Also located in Chur, Barcelona architects Estudio Barozzi/Veiga designed this expansion to the Graubünden Museum of Fine Arts in 2012. The original building is a 1870s ivy-covered building. This one with contemporary lines contrasts with the original building, creating a great architectural mashup.
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