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.


Approximately 1,500 material samples


  • 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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