Bellerive Museum

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Villa Bellerive

The Bellerive Museum became the Zurich Architecture Center (ZAZ) in September 2018 and will initially be operated as a pilot project for three years. The ZAZ is a lively exhibition and meeting place that is dedicated to conveying architectural culture issues to a broad public. The Villa Bellerive is located on Höschgasse in Riesbach , on the right promenade of Lake Zurich , the Seefeldquai .


The summer house "Solitüde", built around 1700 by the family of the governor Mathias Landolt , stood on the property of today's Villa Bellerive until 1924. The main plot of the youth book Die Turnachkinder im Sommer by Ida Bindschedler takes place in the "Seeweid", as the "Solitude" is called in the book.

The now listed villa on the lake was built in 1931 for the silk merchant Julius Bloch-Sulzberger by Gustav Gull's son Erhard (1895-1970) based on the designs of the Berlin villa architect Alfred Breslauer . Breslauer and his daughter Marianne emigrated to Switzerland in the 1930s. The Bloch family lived in the villa for ten years before they emigrated to the United States and kept it as a summer residence. Julius Bloch was one of the supporters of the Emergency Association of German Scientists Abroad .

The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich housed its collection of handicrafts in the Museum Bellerive on Lake Zurich, established in 1968, and the interface between art, handicrafts and design was the subject of temporary exhibitions. In February 2017 the house was returned to the City of Zurich.


Villa Bellerive: 111 bunkers

The changing and cabinet exhibitions at the ZAZ Bellerive are accompanied by Sunday tours and a variety of supporting events that give the public an insight into urban development, architecture, living culture and the demands on urban life, as well as the built space in the field of tension between society and the environment in all its facets To debate.

The opening exhibition “Zurich – Berlin. Stories of Villa Bellerive » told the story of Villa Bellerive from September 7th to November 4th, 2018 with its upper-class living culture of the 1930s. One room each was dedicated to the architecture of father Breslauer and the photographs of his daughter, whose work is in the Swiss Photo Foundation .

111 bunkers: discover hidden Zurich! From November 17, 2018 to February 28, 2019: The structural design of the so-called Limmatstellung was discussed. The city of Zurich was included in the first army position in 1939 as an “obstacle absolu”, subordinated to the city command and fortified with the Uetliberg fortress on the left of the Limmat . At the same time, the Swiss National Exhibition 1939 took place around the lake basin , which was shaped by the national spiritual defense . Of the bunkers, shelters, caverns, anti-tank traps, explosive objects and civil defense bunkers built during the Second World War , 111 bunkers have been preserved. In order to get to know these, the museum organizes guided tours of the bunker, film evenings and panel discussions, which are intended to complement the exhibition installation. The specially created bunker hiking map shows five bunker hiking routes from the following restricted areas : Wollishofer barrier , lake basin and Limmatufer , Weihermatt and Buechhoger with the Uetliberg fortifications of the Military History Society of the Canton of Zurich .

To Zurich: Controversies to the city - a Anarchiv from April 4 to August 25, 2019: The exhibition showed milestones of urban development: parks, on Lake Arnold Bürkli , of flats of the Red Zurich , modernization of the post-war period metropolis dreams and failed transport projects, construction of S-Bahn and large-scale urbanization to the metropolitan area as well as gentrification and internal densification of the last two decades.

«How do we want to live? »From September 19, 2019 - January 31, 2020: The Zurich Housing Cooperative Association celebrated its 100th anniversary. The association celebrated this anniversary with a four-month festival in the ZAZ and founded the Bellerive cooperative for this purpose. The exhibition HOW DO WE WANT TO LIVE? provided a broader public with an insight into the work of the housing cooperatives, discussed the present and future of cooperative life and enabled a better understanding of the history and the values ​​of the public benefit. With the entrance ticket, visitors automatically became members of the Bellerive cooperative. As members of the cooperative, they had a say in how life is lived in the Villa Bellerive. The exhibition was therefore always about one's own attitude: this was inquired about, inspired and possibly turned upside down.

WOMAN ARCHITECT. For more than 100 years: women in the architectural profession from February 28 to July 19, 2020: The exhibition “Frau Architekt” shows portraits of German and Swiss pioneers and representatives of building culture. The show retells the history of architecture - from the perspective of women who have shaped and designed architecture for over 100 years.


  • Noël Fäh, Domenic Schmid: Obstacle Absolu . Master thesis ETH, Zurich 2018.
  • Mary Pepchinski, Christina Budde, Wolfgang Voigt and Peter Cachola Schmal (eds.): FRAU ARCHITEKT. For more than 100 years: women in the architectural profession, German Architecture Museum, Tübingen 2017.

Web links

Commons : Museum Bellerive  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. NZZ from September 7, 2018: Zurich's newest museum: Architectural Stories by the Lake
  2. ^ The NZZ of February 22, 2013: Helpers on site
  3. Tages-Anzeiger of September 5, 2018: Surprising architecture import from Berlin. A new architecture center for Zurich opens in the Villa Bellerive
  4. Tages-Anzeiger from September 6, 2018: Family reunion in Seefeld. The new “Zurich Architecture Center” in the former Bellerive Museum opens with an exhibition on the history of the villa
  5. SRF 1, Regional Journal Zurich of November 16, 2018: Hidden bunkers in Zurich - they're called Loch, Wurst or Schnapps
  6. NZZ of November 17, 2018: Off into the underground!
  7. ^ Network City and Landscape NSL, ETH Zurich: 111 bunkers. Discover the hidden Zurich!
  8. Kultur Züri: To Zurich. Controversies about the city - an archive

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