SAF12 Exhibition - SWISS POSITION – 33 takes on sustainable approaches to building

By Architecture Insights
daytime nighttime

Oct. 26, 2012 - Nov. 2, 2012

9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Level 4, 125 York Street, Sydney

Radek Brunecky

The excellent reputation and high-profile of Swiss architecture and engineering today are due not only to the quality of technical expertise and inventiveness of their authors but also to a strong determination to pursue the objective of sustainable development. This exhibition presents the architectural and engineering achievements of the past 20 years from the perspective of gifted photographers. The 33 exhibits explore different angles with regard to construction, materials, ecology and protection of the environment, while at the same time underlining their uniqueness.

These architectural works, whether viewed from the technological, organic, vernacular or bioclimatic angle, or from the social perspective, enter into an interaction with the context in which they are created.

What is the decisive factor for the realisation of responsible architecture? What influence does the territory have on architectural choices, depending on whether the site is an urban environment, wild countryside, a recreational zone, a rural zone or a remote bypass? Do ecological materials and energy efficiency determine the nature of sustainable structures?

This exhibition shows that sustainable development is not a ready-made formula but a group of varied architectural practices which raise a number of questions concerning both creativity and sustainability. In Switzerland, architects design, renovate or rehabilitate buildings with sustainable development in mind. These projects show that inventive and visually arresting architecture is possible while at the same time complying with demanding environmental and economic constraints.

Monday-Thursday 9.30-18.00;
Friday 9.30-13.00;
Saturday and Sunday closed


Free, no bookings


Istituto Italiano di Cultura