Architecture and Vision: From Pyramids to Spacecraft

First retrospective exhibition by the Swiss-Italian design duo Architecture and Vision

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 01, 2009 5:30 pm - May 21, 2009 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Please call (415) 912-5901 to set up an appointment to see the exhibit.  Walk-ins are also welcome Monday–Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Swiss-Italian architecture and design duo Andreas Vogler (AV) and Arturo Vittori (AV) are Architecture and Vision (AV). Their joint practice, based in Rome, Toulouse and Munich, is specialized in the application of aerospace technologies to architecture and design. Vogler and Vittori have received wide acclaim for their projects and have been featured in prestigious settings, including the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

By creating projects for use in outer space and in the most challenging environments of our own planet, Architecture and Vision aims to define a new spirit of place for the “space age”, one sustained by the cutting edge of science and technology and an entirely new understanding of the value of resources such as water, energy, food and air.


A first retrospective glance at the work of AV, the exhibition “From Pyramids to Spacecraft” premiered in March 2009 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago – by coincidence, in the same week as Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art opened an exhibit of the works of R. Buckminster Fuller, one of AV’s main sources of inspiration. swissnex San Francisco is proud to premiere “From Pyramids to Spacecraft” on the West Coast, where AV’s profound insights on resource-efficient design for “Spaceship Earth” and its blend of hopeful utopianism with strong scientific grounding are bound to fascinate visitors.

The exhibition will include seven model works selected by Architecture and Vision as well as explanative panels. Among the projects on display, visitors will find a model of the inflatable space station “MoonBaseTwo” (2007) for conducting experiments on the Moon, and “MarsCruiserOne” (2007), a pressurized mobile lab vehicle for exploring Mars.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition has been published with a foreword by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. The catalogue presents the vision and designs of the studio, and considerations of the team’s work by other architects, designers, scientists and critics.

This event is part of swissnex San Francisco’s ongoing series of encounters at the crossroads of art and technology, made possible thanks to the support of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia.

Opening night program:

6:30 pm doors open
7:30 pm presentation of Architecture & Vision and the “From Pyramids to Spacecraft” exhibition by AV co-founders Andreas Vogler and Arturo  Vittori.
8:15 pm reception and exhibit viewing
10:00 pm doors close


Andreas Vogler

Swiss architect and designer Andreas Vogler worked as an interior designer before graduating from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1994. He then collaborated with Christoph Ingenhoven and with Richard Horden, later becoming his teaching and research assistant at the Technical University of Munich. In 1998 he started his own practice in Munich, and until 2000 taught alternate semester courses in aerospace design. He was a Guest Professor (2003-2005) at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, and in 2005-2006, he participated in the Concept House research group at the Delft University of Technology. He has spoken at numerous international conferences on space architecture and technology transfer to architecture, and has also organized conferences of significant scientific relevance. In 2008, he team-taught an undergraduate course in Industrial Design at the First Faculty of Architecture “L. Quaroni,“ University of Rome La Sapienza. He is a member of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects (ByAK), the Deutscher Werkbund, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Arturo Vittori

Italian architect and designer Arturo Vittori co-founded  research and design studio Architecture and Vision with Andreas Vogler. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence, he gained experiences collaborating with architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Jean Nouvel. From 2002 to 2004 he was Manager of Cabin Design at Airbus, in Toulouse (France), also taking part in the design of interior cabin design for the first A380; from 2004 to 2006 he worked with Future Systems, collaborating with Anish Kapoor in the design of the Monte Sant’Angelo subway station in Naples, (Italy), while in 2006 he practiced yacht design at the London-based studio Francis Design. He has spoken at numerous international conferences on the topics of aerospace architecture, technology transfer and eco-sustainability, and also taught and lead workshops on a variety of related themes. In 2008, he team-taught an undergraduate course in Industrial Design, at the First Faculty of Architecture “L. Quaroni,“ University of Rome La Sapienza, and taught a graduate course in Product Design at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University Iuav of Venice. He is a member of the Order of Architects of Viterbo Province, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


Photo: Myleen Hollero