The Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio, built on the Campus of the Accademia di architettura– Università della Svizzera italiana, was designed by arch. Mario Botta, promoted and realized thanks to the joint work of the Università della Svizzera italiana and the Fondazione Teatro dell'architettura, in order to offer a privileged dialogue space for the cultural debate on architecture, the city, the landscape.
Why a Teatro dell’architettura in Mendrisio
With the aim of offering a tool to foster cultural debate about architecture, the Università della Svizzera italiana-USI and the Teatro dell’architettura Foundation decided to create a new building, the Teatro dell’architettura, on the university campus of the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. Alongside the educational activities and research carried out in the university, this initiative is intended to boost training opportunities, particularly with exhibitions and seminars, and at the same time to give visibility to new trans-disciplinary interests that are having an increasingly important influence on the design process and are redefining the social role of architecture.
Teatro and its purpose
The Teatro dell’architettura was designed by architect Mario Botta and stands next to the existing Palazzo Turconi: the building has a diameter of 27 metres and a surface area of about 3,000 square metres. The spaces within it are suitable for a variety of uses, for events that may be connected or independent. The activities of the Teatro dell’architettura began in autumn 2018. All the cultural events will be open to the public, thus reinforcing the foundations of a solid cultural vocation with regard to its own territory. The Teatro dell’architettura will also act as a platform for exchanges with other institutions for which cultural affairs are a particular field of interest.