SF Design Week: Open House

For SF Design Week, we’re opening our studio to showcase the how and why of swissnex as a Living Lab for collaboration. Join us for exhibitions, showcases, drinks, snacks (and a spectacular view).


Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


June 22, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



How will the world collaborate and create in the future? Join us at our third annual SF Design Week Studio Crawl open house highlighting our role in building relationships between design, research, and workspaces.

Anchored within swissnex San Francisco at Pier 17, the Living Lab is a testing ground to explore the future of work and collaboration. Our open space hosts a diverse resident community of universities, startups, corporate innovation outposts, artists, designers, a gallery, and two event spaces. Under one roof, we bring together products, technology, and research partners that each contribute toward building an innovative space and community that experiments and learns together. For San Francisco Design Week, our open studio offers a behind-the-scenes look into how and why we do this.

The evening includes showcases from a selection of Living Lab partners. Admission includes entry to the How to Build a House: Digital Fabrication in Architecture exhibition; as well as Infomesh, our interactive exhibition highlighting the history of the World Wide Web through visualizations from the Swiss arts & design school, ECAL. The event will also mark the opening of a special exhibition in our ViewLab created in collaboration with Future of Work students from the California College of Art (CCA). 


6:00pm — doors open
9:00pm — doors close


How to Build a House

How to Build a House is a visual journey through research on the digital transformation of architecture and construction. It reveals the conception and making of the DFAB HOUSE: A three-story experimental building demonstrating the pioneering research in computational design and digital fabrication being conducted by architects in collaboration with leading experts in fields ranging from robotics to material science.

Through the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research Digital Fabrication (NCCR-DFAB), they jointly created the first fully inhabitable building constructed by robots from the labs of ETH Zurich; a building that moves the boundaries of what robotics and 3D printing in architecture can do today.


Information Mesh is a web platform celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web that explores social, technical, cultural and legal facts through playful interactive timelines and visualizations.

The project was realized by Media & Interaction Design students at ECAL/University of Art and Design, Lausanne, in collaboration with the Internet Archive, swissnex San Francisco, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Future of Work: Space and Place

The Interaction Design Program and The Interior Design Program at California College of the Art created a semester-long exploration in a multidisciplinary design studio that invited students to explore the Future of Work: Space and Place.  This studio included students from Interaction, Interior, Industrial Design, and Architecture undergraduate programs. Students were asked to consider the physical places where work would take place in the future.  Students were only limited to the type of space they would design for: A creative workplace or a production, development or retail space.


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