SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook

For the first time, Switzerland has its own architecture yearbook. Properly Swiss – in English and three national languages. SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook!

At last, the high quality of Swiss architecture and building culture will be tangibly showing its face on the international stage as well. In all its diversity. Be it urban or rural. Be it architecture from Ticino, Geneva, Basel, Aargau or Graubünden. From the large-scale pioneering project to the little innovation laboratory.

SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook will be released biennially from 2023 onwards. Curated by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum and the magazine werk, bauen+wohnen.

An accompanying travelling exhibition will start on the 8th of September 2023 at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum. This will promote discussion of the book’s content in Switzerland and abroad, fuelling the debate on Swiss architecture.

What are the most urgent questions that Swiss architecture is addressing? Which projects from all over Switzerland provide the most convincing answers?
SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook is more than just a selection of the best. It is a confrontation with the questions that many people are facing after an almost thirty-year construction boom:

  • How do we find sustainable approaches to construction?
  • How can architecture be made compatible with the challenge of climate change?
  • How can top-quality urban density be achieved?
  • How do we preserve and transform our building stock?
  • What can be learnt from construction in Switzerland’s rural regions?
  • What can architecture contribute to the protection and value of landscape?
  • Where are Swiss architects building, worldwide?
  • How does Switzerland’s architecture present itself from a European perspective?

SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook is published once every two years, thus reflecting the current discourse each time.

Idea: Why a yearbook?

Europe has the EU Mies Award – the most important exchange platform for European architecture from Poland to Portugal. Switzerland, which is not an EU member, has so far been excluded from it. Every year, many regions and nations, from Flanders to the Netherlands and through to Germany, proudly display the fruits of their architectural labours.

Switzerland has a plethora of high-quality architectural magazines, but these are published in French, German and Italian – not in a language that is read worldwide. Thus, despite its outstanding calibre, its widespread competition culture, the relatively high standing of its designing architects, and its many innovative clients, Swiss architecture remains strangely unnoticed, in the shadows.

Even within Switzerland, there is no regular exchange platform or vehicle for nationwide debates. The regional architecture scenes, notwithstanding the interest they attract, remain largely isolated. This brings diversity and difference – but also a lack of knowledge about what is happening next door and what could be learnt from each other.

SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook – the book, the exhibition and the many accompanying events promote dialogue throughout Switzerland and increase the visibility of architectural work, across linguistic and national boundaries.

SAY – the publication

SAY 23 will be published by Park Books in September 2023

Issued by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum (Andreas Ruby) and werk, bauen+wohnen (Daniel Kurz) on behalf of Stiftung Architektur Schweiz SAS (Swiss Architecture Foundation)
Editors: Daniel Kurz, Jasmin Kunst, Andreas Ruby
Design: Claudiabasel
In English
Original articles in Italian, French or German
304 pages, card-bound
Numerous pictures
Price: 49 CHF / 48 EUR
ISBN: 978-3-03860-339-9

SAY – the exhibition

Switzerland-wide travelling exhibition

Exhibition at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
Duration: 9th of September – 5th of November 2023
Curators: Andreas Ruby and Yuma Shinohara
The exhibition will be presented in all regions of Switzerland during 2024 and 2025, taking the discourse to all parts of the country. The upcoming venues can be found here.

News: Dates and events

Discourse events

The Switzerland-wide SAY 23 program is currently being developed. We will publish all events here on an ongoing basis.


Book publication date: September 2023
Exhibition at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum: 9/9 – 5/11/2023
Vernissage and book launch: 8/9/2023 at S AM
Tours throughout Switzerland: 2024/2025
SAY 25: publication and exhibition in September 2025

Who is behind SAY?

Stiftung Architektur Schweiz SAS

In 2022, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum and the Federation of Swiss Architects (FSA) jointly founded Stiftung Architektur Schweiz SAS, based in Basel. This foundation supports SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook.

The Stiftung Architektur Schweiz board of trustees

Daniel Wiener, culture manager, journalist, Basel; member of the S AM board of trustees; president of the SAS board of trustees
Marianne Burki, art and architecture historian; Burki & Li culture projects, Zurich; member of the S AM board of trustees; vice president of the SAS board of trustees
Stéphanie Bender, FSA architect, 2b architectes, Lausanne; member of the Verlag Werk AG board of directors
Céline Guibat, FSA architect, mijong architecture, Sion/Zurich; member of the S AM board of trustees
Inès Lamunière, FSA architect, dl-a designlab-architecture; professor at EPFL, Geneva
Ludovica Molo, FSA architect, studio we architetti, Istituto i2a, Lugano; member of the S AM board of trustees; president of FSA
Andreas Sonderegger, FSA architect, pool Architekten, Zurich; vice president of FSA; member of the Verlag Werk AG board of directors

SAY – the team

Andreas Ruby, director of S AM, and Daniel Kurz, former editor-in-chief at werk, bauen+wohnen, are the artistic directors of SAY. They are responsible for the content of the yearbook, and of the accompanying exhibitions and events.
The SAY team comprises Anne Schmidt-Pollitz, Maja Schelldorfer, Roland Züger, Jasmin Kunst, Elizaveta Radi and Fabienne Schneider.


Stiftung Architektur Schweiz SAS

S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

werk, bauen+wohnen

Park Books

Who supports SAY?

SAY gratefully acknowledges the generous support of:

The SAY 23 selection committees

International selection committee

From 129 nominated projects, an international selection committee chose 36 works of architecture and building culture for publication in SAY 23.

Peter Cachola Schmal, director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt a.M., chair
Catherine Gay, FSA architect, GayMenzel, Monthey; HEIA Fribourg
Manon Mollard, editor, The Architectural Review, London
Martino Pedrozzi, FSA architect, Mendrisio
Andreas Ruby, director of the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
Roland Züger, editor-in-chief at werk, bauen+wohnen, Zurich
Leonid Slonimskiy, KOSMOS Architects, Zurich

Nominators SAY 23

At the invitation of the board of trustees, 48 nominators from all over Switzerland nominated a total of 129 projects for SAY 23.

Hubertus Adam
Francesco Buzzi
Luca Camponovo
Ramun Capaul
Elisabeth Chardon
Adrien Comte
Oliver Dufner
Pia Durisch
Deborah Fehlmann
Marc Frochaux
Daniel Fuchs
Samuel Gross
Lukas Gruntz
Harry Gugger
Matthew Howell
Martin Klopfenstein
Susanna Köberle
Gerold Kunz
Marlène Leroux
Beat Loosli
Bruno Marchand
Giotto Messi
Nicola Navone
Deborah Piccolo
Shadi Rahbaran
Nicola Regusci
Tanja Reimer
Lando Rossmaier
Armando Ruinelli
Dominique Salathé
Antoinette Schaer
Raphael Schmid
Ludmila Seifert
Karolina Slawecka
Melanie Stocker
Ivo Thalmann
Patrick Thurston
Sabine von Fischer
Anne-Marie Wagner
Rita Wagner
Felix Wettstein
Andrea Wiegelmann
Daniel Zamarbide

The 36 selected projects SAY 23

Ampliamento del centro scolastico / School Extension Viganello
Architettura / Architecture: Inches Geleta Architetti, Locarno

Avala House Belgrad / Avala House Belgrade, Belgrad, Serbien
Architektur / Architecture: TEN, Zürich/Belgrad

Synagoge Babyn Yar, Kiew / Babyn Yar Synagogue, Kyiv, Kiew, Ukraine
Architektur / Architecture: Manuel Herz Architects, Basel

Burggarta Valendas / Burggarta Valendas
Architektur / Architecture: Gion A. Caminada, Vrin

Bürohaus Küng Holzbau / Küng Holzbau Headquarters, Alpnach, Obwalden
Architektur / Architecture: Seiler Linhart Architekten, Sarnen/Luzern

Chamanna Cluozza / Chamanna Cluozza, Zernez, Graubünden
Architektur / Architecture: Capaul & Blumenthal architects, Ilanz/Glion

Gletschergarten Luzern / Gletschergarten Lucerne
Architektur / Architect: Miller & Maranta Architekten, Basel

FrauMünsterhof 2021 / FrauMünsterhof 2021, Zürich
Architektur / Architecture: Verein cré und Professor Elli Mosayebi, ETH Zürich

Erneuerung Kongresshaus und Tonhalle / Kongresshaus Convention Hall and Tonhalle, Zürich
Architektur / Architecture: ARGE Boesch Diener – Elisabeth & Martin Boesch Architekten, Zürich / Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel

Haus aus Hanf / The Hemp House, Zagublica, Serbien
Architektur / Architecture: Bach Mühle Fuchs und Ljubica Arsić, Zürich

Zwei Heisse Brunnen / Two Hot Springs, Ennetbaden, Aargau
Architektur / Architecture: Verein Bagni Popolari, Baden; baubüro in situ, Zürich (Ausführung)

Ensemble de logements Pasodoble / Pasodoble Residential Ensemble, Lancy, Genève
Architecture / Architecture: NOMOS architects, Genève/Madrid/Lisbonne

Rénovation de la cité du Lignon / Renovation of the Lignon Complex, Vernier, Genève
Architecture / Architecture: Jaccaud + Associés, Genève

Casa Giuseppina e Casetta / Casa Giuseppina and Casetta, Mosogno, Ticino
Architettura / Architecture: squadra (Lian Liana Stähelin, Luca Bazelli) in collaborazione con Isabel Lehn-Blazejczak, Florian Stieger

Umbau Silo Erlenmatt / Transformation Erlenmatt Silo, Basel
Architektur / Architecture: Harry Gugger Studio, Basel

Stadtcasino Basel / Stadtcasino Basel
Architektur / Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel

Kinderspital Tambacounda / Pediatric Hospital Tambacounda, Tambacounda, Senegal
Architektur / Architecture: Manuel Herz Architects, Basel

Extension d’un immeuble d’habitation / Extension of an Apartment Building, Fribourg
Architecture / Architecture: Aviolat Chaperon Escobar architectes, Fribourg

Gallerie di protezione Alp Grüm / Rock Sheds Alp Grüm, Poschiavo, Grigioni
Ingegneria strutturale / Structural engineering: Conzett Bronzini Partner, Coira

Surélevation Rue de Lausanne / Upward Extention on the Rue de Lausanne, Genève
Architecture / Architecture: Lacroix Chessex, Genève

Belle Terre – pièces urbaines A1 et B / Belle Terre – Plots A1 and B, Thônex, Genève
Architecture / Architecture: Atelier Bonnet, Genève (y compris projet urbain); LRS Lin.Robbe.Seiler, Genève; Jaccaud + Associés, Genéve; BCMA Bassi Carella Marello Architectes, Genève

Ecole primaire de Riaz / Riaz Elementary School, Riaz, Fribourg
Architecture / Architecture: FAZ architectes, Genève

Atelier Hawkesbury / Atelier Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australie
Architecture / Architecture: Leopold Banchini Architects, Genève

Uniqlo Flagship-Store, Tokio / Uniqlo Flagship Store, Tokyo, Tokio, Japan
Architektur / Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel

Genossenschaftshaus Warmbächli / Warmbächli Cooperative House, Bern
Architektur / Architecture: BHSF Architekten, Zürich

Genossenschaftshaus Abakus / Abakus Cooperative House, Basel
Architektur / Architecture: Stereo Architektur, Basel/Zürich

Zentrum Brütten – Alterswohnen / Brütten Town Center – Senior Living, Brütten, Zürich
Architektur / Architecture: Roider Giovanoli Architekten, Zürich

Negrellisteg Zürich / Negrelli Footbridge Zurich, Zürich
Architektur / Architecture: 10:8 Architekten, Zürich; Conzett Bronzini Partner, Chur; Diggelmann + Partner, Bern

Ofenturm Ziegelei-Museum / Kiln Tower, Ziegelei-Museum, Cham, Zug
Architektur / Architecture: Boltshauser Architekten, Zürich, mit Studierenden der ETH Zürich und TU München

K118 Kopfbau Halle 118 / K118 Head-End Building Hall 118, Winterthur
Architektur / Architecture: Baubüro in situ, Basel/Zürich

Schulhaus Azmoos / Elementary School Azmoos, Azmoos, St. Gallen
Architektur / Architecture: Felgendreher Olfs Köchling Architekten, Berlin

Zollhaus Zürich / Zollhaus Zurich, Zürich
Architektur / Architecture: Enzmann Fischer Partner, Zürich

Studierendenwohnhaus Rosengarten / Rosengarten Student Housing, Zürich
Architektur / Architecture: Atelier Scheidegger Keller, Zürich

Landskronhof / Landskronhof, Basel
Architektur / Architecture: HHF Architekten, Basel

Hofbebauung Riehenring / Riehenring Courtyard Development, Basel
Architektur / Architecture: Jessenvollenweider, Basel

Genossenschaftssiedlung Vogelsang / Vogelsang Cooperative Complex, Winterthur
Architektur / Architecture: Knapkiewicz & Fickert Architekten, Zürich

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