Culture Island – swissinfo

Chiasso is an unlikely bastion of the arts, crossed as it is by the main North-South traffic arteries. Yet these faceless urban quarters are now home to an extraordinary experiment called “Culture Island”. The arts began to gain popularity and importance in the town several years ago, when the municipality set up its own department of culture to meet public demand for something that genuinely enhanced people’s quality of life, rather than simply providing new ways of passing the time.

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Walking over Water – swissinfo

The longest boardwalk in Switzerland is a 841-metre-long walkway that connects Rapperswil to the village of Hurden on the other side of Lake Zurich. The boardwalk opened in 2001 and has become a welcome alternative for pedestrians to the busy road across the causeway. It’s part of the European Way of St. James.
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A Liberated House – swissinfo

The inspirational new home in Graubünden of Swiss songwriter Linard Bardill – the building, also a recording studio, is in Scharans, a village in the Domleschg valley. Valerio Olgiati was the architect. A transformed barn, the building’s blank exterior, devoid of windows and roof, betray nothing of the intriguing world inside.
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The Wave – swissinfo

Why Lausanne’s experimental Learning Centre amazed the architectural world – the radical, undulating building opened its doors to students at Lausanne’s Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in February 2010. It was designed by the Japanese star architects SANAA.The aim was to create a new central hub for the campus. The Learning Centre is a huge building, bringing together 15 specialised libraries that were previously split up. It’s a place where people can meet and share experiences.
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Farsighted – swissinfo

Winterthur is home to a high-rise with a difference called “Farsighted”. It’s renovation has also been forward looking. It’s the key task of 21st century architects to take into consideration the basic structure of existing buildings, and architect duo Burkhalter and Sumi have done this admirably. (Building Switzerland is a national television series produced by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, swissinfo.ch’s parent company.)
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The Miracle Village – swissinfo

Vrin is a village is at the far end of the Val Lumnezia (Valley of Light) in the Swiss canton of Graubünden and has become a magnet for architecture enthusiasts from all over the world. It shows just how a village can be preserved and developed without destroying traditional structures. (Building Switzerland is a national television series produced by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, swissinfo.ch’s parent company.)
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The Glory of Stone – swissinfo

The stone viaducts of Switzerland’s world famous Rhaetian Railway were built around 1900. They are still in use today, serving the modern railway practically unchanged. In 2008, the Albula Line became a Unesco World Heritage site. But after more than a hundred years in service, the viaducts are in need of renovation.
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