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S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

Canceled:The Songyang Story. Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Peking

Today: Closed

28 September 2019 - 10 November 2019

For decades, the rural space has been the main loser in the context of Chinese high-speed urbanism. Young adults have moved in their droves to the new cities that are home to millions, leaving empty villages behind. After years of unbridled growth, megalopolises like Beijing and Shanghai are now stretched to their limits, suffering from permanent traffic jams and unhealthy air quality. Today, this is making the long-neglected rural space attractive again. One example is Songyang County in Southeast China. The local government here, with an uncompromising focus on sustainable infrastructure, is working together with a foundation, architect Xu Tiantian and her office DnA_Design and Architecture from Beijing, on an overall strategy for the region. With limited resources and acupunctural precision, this is producing small but significant interventions that generate options for tourists and residents, while also stimulating new economic developments.


S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 8.30 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

In accordance with the guidelines released by the Federal Government and the Basel City Cantonal Government on 13 March 2020, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is closed until further notice.
The safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests are our utmost priority. We would like to ask our visitors for their understanding.

Swiss National Holiday 2020

01 August 2020: Closed

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: Closed

26 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2020: Closed

29 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

30 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2020: Closed

01 January 2021: Closed

02 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


The S AM Swiss Architecture Museum – seeks to enlarge our perception of architecture and urbanism. International and thematic exhibitions at S AM emphasize the socio-political aspects of architectural discourse. Thus S AM aims to enrich the exchange of ideas on contemporary urban landscapes.

Due to the assembling the S AM will remain closed until 25.5.2019.  We will be opening the exhibition "Swim City" on May 24th 7 PM- you are cordially invited! 


CHF 12.–/8.– incl. Kunsthalle Basel

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

colourkey Free admission


tram 2/3/8/10/11/14/15 > Bankverein, tram 6/10/16/17 > Theater

S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

Under the Radar

16 November 2019 - 30 August 2020

Architecture does not exist in a vacuum, but is embedded in a larger territory that is essentially defined by political and economic agendas. The «architecture» of this territory is largely designed without architects. Nevertheless, or precisely for this reason, architects ...
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