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Carte Brute Zürich

Discover 40 ground-breaking concrete icons from all over the canton from 1898 to the present day
Carte Brute Zürich, map, 40 brutalist from icons from 1828 to the present day © Karin Bürki/HEARTBRUT. Explore more on

Rediscover Zurich's concrete icons in a fresh new way

Our folding map presents 40 pioneering concrete icons from all over the canton Zurich, spanning all styles and eras. Early works, such as the Columned Hall of the National Museum (1898), meet the classics of Zurich’s concrete modernism, such as the Freudenberg school complex and the Zur Palme high-rise. Brutalist original Triemli Tower joins contemporary béton-brut reinterpretations by Herzog & de Meuron or Barozzi Veiga.

There are also real gems of post-war site-specific-art, such as the the loop-themed brutalist playground by Ralph Bänziger and the wall reliefs at Regina department store in Dietikon. Special attention is also paid to contemporary objects that combine bold design with sustainability awareness, such as the Tanzhaus in recycled concrete. Zurich’s most filigree concrete beauty – the elegantly curved Aula Rämibühl (1971) – adorns the back in poster format.

With its eyecatching and flexible format, CARTE BRUTE ZURICH is the perfect companion for your next brutalist adventure. It will also delight the walls of your living room or office. 

Each object is featured with an image. Find key data – construction period, architects, location and closest tram stop in the legend section. The map on the removable cover makes for easy navigation. An introduction in German and English by HEARTBRUT founder Karin Bürki provides additional insights.

CARTE BRUTE ZURICH offers an attractive and very easy way to discover Zurich’s concrete beauties – for everyone. Printed on extra-thick, premium recycled paper, our map is a hard-wearing travel companion with eye-catching qualities. Take it along on your next city safari or use it as a poster at home or in the office.

We care about our concrete heritage as much as we do about the environment. That is why our map also shines a special light on contemporary objects, such as Tanzhaus and Zollhaus, that combine bold aesthetics with recycled concrete and CO2-reducing technologies. Or, in the case of the sports facility units on the grounds of Sihlhölzli, explore cement-free types of concrete, such as rammed-earth.

For the design, we teamed up with Rebecca De Bautista and Isabella Furler from the Zurich-based graphic design studio Lugma. Printing was done in Dielsdorf.

HEARTBRUT editions are not profit-based. Your purchase will help fund the extensive research, travelling and editorial work that go into this project. Any profits we may make will go straight into the development and production of new Carte Brute editions. Win-win.

Carte Brute Zurich, Map, 40 brutalist Zurich icons from 1898 to the present day © Karin Bürki/HEARTBRUT. Explore more on
Carte Brute Zurich, Map, 40 brutalist Zurich icons from 1898 to the present day © Karin Bürki/HEARTBRUT. Explore more on