In Switzerland the most recent museum buildings in Zurich, Lausanne or Basel resemble silent containers. They lack any kind of inviting gesture in an urban sense. Their facades are appliances for representation, which neither can nor wish to take part in an exchange with urban life. In this issue we show museum concepts that work differently. They ensnare and engage in contact with the public, so to speak, which is what makes them relevant public places.
werk, bauen + wohnen presents topical and critical reports about architecture within the international context. The theme-based issues offer in-depth analyses, comparisons and background information. The voice of the BSA (Bund Schweizer Architekten / Federation of Swiss Architects), werk, bauen + wohnen is in its 107th year of publication.