Max Alioth

Architect Draughtsman Trailblazer

Architect and cultural trailblazer: Max Alioth (1930-2010)


Title Information

Edited by Beat Keusch and Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus. Contributions by Roger Diener, Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus, Vincent Melilli, and Andreas Ruby. Photographs by Serge Hasenböhler and Christian Vogt

1st edition

, 2022

Text in English and German


172 pages, 69 color and 55 b/w illustrations

17 x 24.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03942-089-6


Basel-born architect Max Alioth (1930–2010) was a prominent figure on the Swiss architecture and culture scene. Alioth was a co-founder of Basels’ Architecture Museum in 1984, which in 2006 became the Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM). Together with his wife Susanna Biedermann, he founded the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ÉSAV) in Marrakech, Morocco, for which he also designed the main campus building.

This first monograph on Max Alioth illuminates his achievements from various perspectives. Selected architectural designs from 1961–2007 are featured in detail through photographs, plans, and texts. These include single-family homes, a retirement home, multi-unit housing, Basel’s Museum of Antiquities, as well as the ÉSAV building in Marrakech. Moreover, the book introduces Alioth also as a visual artist through reproductions of sketches, drawings, and watercolors. Essays by architect Roger Diener, the S AM’s director Andreas Ruby, the director of ÉSAV Vincent Melilli, and art historian and publicist Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus round out this volume.


Beat Keusch is a distinguished Swiss graphic designer based in Basel, where he runs his own studio BKVK.


Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus is an art historian and publicist. She was a co-founder and in 1984–2006 the first director of Basel’s Architecture Museum (now Swiss Architecture Museum S AM).

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Max Alioth in his studio in the Klingental, Basel © Unbekannt

The architect’s home, view from the west © Serge Hasenböhler

The architects placed particular emphasis on the appealingly designed passage leading from the lowered ground floor to the garden © Unbekannt

Studio © Christian Vogt

Entrance area with cactus garden © Catherine Hilal

ÉSAV, main entrance © Unbekannt

The positioning of the apertures on the two stairwell towers is reminiscent of the sprocket holes on old celluloid films © Catherine Hilal

Roof-top terrace with open air cinema © Beat Keusch


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