Material Collection ETH Zurich

Main content

ETH Zurich’s Material Collection contains basic building materials in their various appearances and processing forms, and selected innovative materials.

Extent

Approximately 1,500 material samples

Holdings

  • Various material samples, including clay, ceramics, glass, metal, stone, lime, plaster, cement, bitumen, plastic and wood
  • Samples of various surface treatments and joining techniques
  • Material samples from student projects
  • Historical material samples

Relevance of research and Public

In the context of the School of Architecture, the collection is considered as an instrument of design methodology. Besides a basic stock of classic and elementary building materials, innovative materials and the results of material experiments are also displayed. Another priority is the presentation of industrial and non-industrial production and processing techniques.

Current activities, projects

Use of the archive / online presence

  • The material sample holdings are freely accessible.
  • The Material-Archiv co-run with "Verein Material Archiv" is linked to the collection’s samples and can be consulted on the premises or online.
 
 
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