Even though my primary objective of attending the global perspectives program is to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of higher education, I also got a wonderful chance to study the architecture of the buildings in Switzerland. I have seen small residential buildings, university building and residence halls, churches and some other historic buildings. In all these buildings, they tried to preserve the original architecture and culture of the land.
The buildings are mostly energy and space efficient. Instead of relying much on the artificial cooling systems, the buildings do have lot of windows and doors which facilitate natural temperature balance. Residential buildings and small shops are very much space efficient. Most of the restaurants do have open dinning area and people love to use these area.
There are not many high rise buildings and I have seen only a maximum of 4 or 5 story structures. Even though there is no regulations on the maximum number of stories permitted in a building, the common architecture promotes small buildings. Switzerland is a place which is least affected by natural calamities including hurricanes and earthquakes. This gives more flexibility to the plan and design of the buildings.
In all the universities we visited, I have seen large classrooms and lecture halls. They also have large open spaces for students to study in groups. Even when they construct a new building in the campus, they will plan and design the buildings to follow a traditional architecture.
Another important piece of architecture can be seen in the churches in Switzerland. Most of the churches are quite large in space and height and were built before hundreds of years. Again, these churches have great paintings in the walls and different sculptures depicting several events.
The building architecture is definitely a big factor that promotes the beauty of Switzerland. I would definitely love to go back and learn more about the architecture and its integration of the culture and heritage of the place.