CULTURE

New Swiss architecture is showcased in Athens

An upcoming exhibition in Athens will offer local audiences the opportunity to get acquainted with Swiss architecture. «Matter of Art – Contemporary Swiss Architecture,» will unravel at the National Institute for Research (48 Vas. Constantinou Street) starting tomorrow and running to February 17. Showcasing 17 projects, it is organized by the Greek Architectural Institute in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy. The show was presented for the first time in Paris, at the Swiss Cultural Center in 2001, curated by French architect and architecture historian Jacques Lucan. In Greece, it is curated by architect Katerina Giamalaki and Ilias Constantopoulos, an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Patras. The architectural scene in Switzerland has been particularly interesting over the last few years. There are renowned architects such as Herzog & de Meuron (among their works is the Tate Modern), who received the prestigious Pritzker award, on the one hand, while on the other there is a general spirit of clarity, austerity and technical perfection which defines Switzerland’s recent architectural output. According to the Greek Architectural Institute, «Swiss architecture takes into account space and landscape, accepting their necessity, while at the same time mixes materials offering innovative combinations.» At the exhibition, showcased in the form of photographic panels, will be projects dating from the 1997-2000 period, carried out by Andrea Bassi, Bearth & Deplazes, M. Burkhakter & Ch. Sumi, C. Clavuot, J. Conzett, Devanthery & Lamuniere, Diener & Diener, A. Gigon & M. Guyer, Herzog & de Meuron, P. Markli, Meili & Peter and Valerio Olgiati, among others. Cedric Sharer will give a lecture on Swiss architecture on February 7 at 7 p.m.