16 – 19 January 2024



Holzbau Schweiz presents the «HolzHochHaus» project at Swissbau. The design of this high-rise building was developed in cooperation with the University of Bern of Applied Sciences as part of a student competition. Eleven teams of architecture students worked on the development of a high-rise building made of wood for the region of Interlaken. On 8 June 2021, the jury, made up of representatives of the Bern University of Applied Sciences and Holzbau Schweiz, selected the «Jenga» project. The design impresses with its clarity and fascinates with the interplay of construction and spatial experience. 
During the current fall semester, the students will work on the finalisation of the project and its presentation. A 1:1 mock-up and a large model are the focus of the presentation at Swissbau. The scale of the construction can be experienced live at their trade fair stand. Other designs and small models will also provide an in-depth look at the endless possibilities that wood as a material can provide. 

The «HolzHochHaus» project captures the spirit of the times: Today’s large-scale projects can be easily realised with wood with the compelling advantage of massively reducing CO2 emissions during construction. For this reason, it is obvious to increase the use of wood – as part of the solution for a sustainable future. More and more large projects are basing their construction on ecological building materials. 
To complement this, Holzbau Schweiz will be presenting the Prix Lignum at their trade fair stand - the most prestigious award for works made of wood in Switzerland. The exhibition impressively illustrates the innovative advances that have been made in timber construction in recent years. 


The IBA Basel took place from 2010 to 2020 and was the first International Building Exhibition (IBA) dedicated to the topic of spatial planning development across national borders. With the IBA, a new joint planning culture, pioneering projects, and model approaches have emerged, which serve as a breeding ground for the future development of the Basel region. 

The IBA Basel Expo «Going Beyond Borders Together» shows how new spatial experiences for the population can be created through innovation and beyond borders. The model projects that were created can be experienced, learning processes, formats, and players become tangible, and newly created connections and spaces beyond borders become visible. The tri-national region of Basel lives from its diversity and its people. How do we want to live together, work and reside together in the future in the border triangle of Switzerland, Germany, and France?  

The panel discussion on 21 January 2022 at 3:15 pm in the Swissbau Arena, highlights the common goals, challenges, and process. 

The accompanying IBA publication delivers facts from the development history and the cultural-political context of the IBA project, to the actual process and format used. 

International Building Exhibitions are a special format of urban and regional development. They are renowned trademarks of the construction and planning culture. An IBA is known for focusing future issues of social change on those aspects which drive spatial development and can be influenced by design. The relevance of an IBA’s central themes go far beyond the local context. An IBA is a limited-time experiment with an open outcome, an informal process, which opens up spaces beyond everyday practice. 


The best renovation and the best single-family home 2022 

For 20 years now, the architecture awards of the «Umbauen+Renovieren» and «Das Ideale Heim» magazines have brought remarkable Swiss architecture closer to a broad public. For the 9th edition of «Der beste Umbau» and «Das beste Einfamilienhaus», the jury of experts again judged a compellingly diverse range of projects. At Swissbau, interested trade fair visitors can discover the 10 best single-family homes and renovations in Switzerland. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, 20 January at 5:00 pm with an announcement of the winners. Trade fair visitors can also vote for their favourite project and can win attractive prizes. The project with the most votes will receive the audience award.  
Architecture Prize Archithema Publishers: Hall 2.2, Stand K50  
Awards ceremony: Thursday, 20 January, 5:00 pm 


The long-standing BETON architectural prize has been awarded since 1977 for exemplary structures made from concrete. The current edition once again paints an impressive picture of Swiss concrete architecture. The prize worth 50,000 Swiss francs was awarded to Bearth & Deplazes Architects for their new construction of the Bernina Pass maintenance base

175 entries were submitted for the architectural prize “BETON 21” – again more than there were four years ago – which posed a great challenge for the jury chaired by Elli Mosayebi. The standard for the classic competition was extremely high, which made narrowing down the entries, and especially selecting the winners and awards, particularly difficult. At the same time, it was a matter of deciding between very different structures. 

Which criteria should be given the most weight? The jury agreed on five criteria which had to be considered and weighed off again and again over the course of the three-day event. Particularly important was a suitable approach to the site, the relationship between the architectural and spatial concepts and the supporting structure, the utilisation of the material properties of concrete, a high level of craftsmanship, and sustainability in the broadest sense. 


The Safety Congress, as the most important B2B platform for safety and fire protection in Switzerland, will be held in conjunction with the Swissbau trade fair from 18 to 21 January 2022. Seven half-day modules address current topics from risk management, fire protection, and building and corporate security. For the transfer of knowledge within the security community, this congress has become an indispensable fixture.  

For practitioners in the field of security activities, the congress has become an indispensable fixture for exchanging experience and knowledge.  

The module-based Safety Congress will address and treat important and current security topics in each thematic block in a practice-oriented manner. The proven half-day format of the congress leaves enough time to enjoy those long-missed technical discussions between professional colleagues, and to visit the Swissbau trade fair.  

Here is an overview of the half-day modules of the Safety Congress:  

  1. Safety requirements: complex and ever-changing  
  2. AS&GS: safe planning, construction, installation, maintenance … 
  3. Security as a service – quo vadis?   
  4. Fire protection – new level thanks to BIM and digitalisation  
  5. Building security: cleverly connected  
  6. BSuccessfully avoiding business interruptions!  
  7. Innovative and sustainable: even with fire protection!  

The individual modules are recognised by important institutions and industry associations as continuing education units. Presentations are given in German. Modules 3 and 4 on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 will be translated into French.  

Click here to register.