The volume “Stadt, Land, Berg” (“Cities, countryside, mountains”) has been published by niggli and collates impressive buildings from leading international Swiss architecture. This is characterised by simple and understated buildings, where using traditional construction techniques and bringing them into the present day plays a major role.

With 300 images, the book presents a total of 50 projects with breath-taking architecture that is showcased on large-format pages. It shows the key special aspects of the buildings and provides an overview of Switzerland’s most significant buildings created between 2004 and 2014. The selected projects are grouped into six chapters: from “Alps” and “Infrastructure” to “Recreation”, “Countryside”, “Suburbs” and “Cities”.

The introduction was written by exhibition designer, architecture critic and author Hubertus Adam. The “Documentation” chapter includes the project descriptions for the buildings as well as their footprints and the names of those involved.

Swiss architecture showcased in photos

Architecture and photography fans will be delighted by the photos in the book, which stem from a total of 40 photographers and convey aesthetic value. The photos depicted in “Stadt, Land, Berg” portray the dichotomy between the photographer’s desire to document on the one hand and the aesthetic aspirations on the other. This dichotomy has existed ever since photography was invented. In her preface “Photoarchitectonics”, historian Nathalie Herschdorfer describes this phenomenon by emphasising the significance of photography for the perception of architecture.

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