21.05. - 25.09.2016

André M. Studer. On the measure of things

André M. Studer adopted a special position of significance in post-war Swiss architecture. His expressive organic language of forms was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Based on theories of harmonic proportion, Studer developed his own concept of holistic architecture. Influential figures such as Sigfried Giedion, Werner M. Moser and Bernhard Hoesli described him as one of the most talented in his generation. From the mid-1950s onwards, Studer realised several major sacral structures, as well as around 30 residential buildings, for which he also designed the interiors and furnishings in most cases. He also drew up competition entries and projects for futuristic-looking holiday complexes, large residential complexes, complete town plans, cultural buildings, hospital buildings and for a large number of Catholic churches. As an individualist, he kept his distance from the predominant networks of architects and remained relatively unknown amongst the general public. At the end of the 1980s, he withdrew from the architecture scene, closed down his architectural office and devoted himself to spirituality.

A coproduction with the Archives of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at ETH Zurich.



26.05.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
05.06.2016, 14 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
12.06.2016, 14 Uhr Exkursion: Lassalle – Haus 
16.06.2016, 18:00: Öffentliche Führung
22.06.2016 10–12 Uhr: Mittwochs-Matinée im S AM
26.06.2016 ab 11 Uhr: Kinderworkshop : Brett, Steg, Saite – Wie baut man ein Monochord?
30.06.2016 19 Uhr: Gespräch: Markus Wespi und Hubertus Adam 
14.07.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
28.07.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
11.08.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
18.08.2016 19 Uhr: Führung: Das gta Archiv und der Nachlass von André M. Studer mit Daniel Weiss
25.08.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
27.08.2016 ab 11 Uhr: Exkursion: Kirche St. Elisabeth, Kilchberg; Wohnhaus Studer, Gockhausen; Kirche St. Andreas, Uster
28.08.2016, 14 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
08.09.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
15.09.2016 19 Uhr: Vortrag: Schweizer Architektur? Das Habitat Marocain von Hentsch und Studer in Casablanca, von Sascha Roesler 
18:09.2016, 14 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung
22.09.2016, 18 Uhr: Öffentliche Führung

Upcoming exhibitions

28.08. - 31.10.2021


Opening: 27/8/2021, 7 PM

In architecture, a mock-up is a full-size model of a façade or structural component that is manufactured before actual construction begins in order to test or demonstrate a design. This exhibition combines a photographic series by Canadian artist David K. Ross with contributions from architectural offices to provide a multifaceted portrait of this phenomenon, its role in the design process, and its enigmatic allure.

Photo: David K. Ross, “Boltshauser Architekten, Sitterwerk, St. Gallen CH”, from the series “Archetypes”, 2018 © David K. Ross

20.11.2021 - 24.04.2022


Opening: 19/11/2021, 7 PM

Love it or hate it: concrete is everywhere. This exhibition examines this polarising material and its role in the Swiss self-image, challenging popular myths and uncovering surprising connections. A coproduction between the S AM and the gta Archives, Zurich, the Archives de la construction moderne, Lausanne, and the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio.

Photo: The “Zementhalle” by Hans Leuzinger (architect) and Robert Maillart at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, courtesy ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv