In the Material Archive (Werkstoffarchiv) in the Sitterwerk, a collection of materials and substances for art is being assembled. A broad spectrum of different materials and substances is used in the development and realization as well as the restoration of artworks. In the Material Archive, samples and test pieces of such materials and substances are processed, systematized and made accessible to artists, architects or monument conservationists.

The catalogue of this collection of materials and substances is being created in cooperation with five partner institutes: the online database MATERIAL ARCHIV encompasses the Sitterwerk’s collection of materials and substances as well as those of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur (Museum of Applied Arts and Design), the department of “Engineering & Architecture”  and "art & design" of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Baubibliothek of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), the department of “Architecture, Design & Civil Engineering” of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). The MATERIAL ARCHIV thus offers knowledgeable access to materials and material science for those in design-related professions.


Edition: Ten Years of the Sitterwerk

In 2016 we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Sitterwerk Foundation, an occasion that happily gives us the opportunity to review what has taken ...


Werkstoffperspektiven (Material Perspectives)

Opening: Sunday, October 23, 2016
2 to 5 pm, introduction at 3 pm
The ten-year anniversary of the Sitterwerk — in 2016, the Material Archive is focusing on particular contexts ...

October 24, 2016 to January 15, 2017



If you have special enquiries or requests, please contact Julia Lütolf in advance of your visit.

Werkstoffarchiv | Julia Lütolf
Sitterwerk | Sittertalstrasse 34 | CH-9014 St.Gallen
T. +41 71 278 87 08 | julia.luetolf[at]