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Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N

  • 01:00 - 4 February, 2009
Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N
Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N

Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Liestal, Switzerland
  • Architects

  • Project Team

    Bernd Druffel, Marc Holle, Fredrik Johansson, Katharina Klinger, Thilo Kroeschell, Satu Marjanen, Claudia Meier, Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, Claudia Peter, Christoph Rothenhöfer
  • Engineers

    Walt + Galmarini Bauingenieure AG, Zurich
  • Client

    Department for Construction and Environmental Protection, Canton Basel-Landschaft, represented by the Office for Building Contruction (Hochbauamt)
  • Contractor

    Otto + Partner AG, Liestal
  • Facade Planners

    Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Muenchenstein
  • Area

    4705.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The Public Records Office is the collective memory of the political, economic and cultural life of a canton. Of central importance is an adequate urban location and appropriate architectural expression.

The current location, of the existing building amidst smaller and larger residential buildings cut off from the town centre by the railway line, hardly allows the public character of the institution to be expressed.

We interpret the need to double the spatial programme, on this site, as a chance to translate the existing building into a powerful, self-confident form. We added an additional storey to the archive wing, although the competition brief explicitly excluded vertical extensions. As a consequence the spatial programme is no longer horizontally but vertically organized. By placing the public zone on the second floor the visitors‘ area is lifted out of the cramped topography. In the form of a glazed roof volume, the new public zone engages the urban district of Liestal, which lies on the other side of the railway line embankment.

The vertical extension also allows the volume to be kept as compact as possible. At the ground level, the outermost plane of the facade is planted with ivy, enabling the blending of the existing and new levels, forming a single entity: the clean-edged glazed roof zone rests on a "soft" plinth. The planting of the facade also fulfills various building construction requirements (protection against driving rain, climatic balancing layer, temperature, moisture). In addition the plantings signalize the building's special function; the organic softness connects the new building to the small-scaled green valley.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N" 04 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Ana C · January 13, 2015

Hello! Interesting project. I would love to see other examples for Public Records

QOM · September 13, 2012

I am also curious of what the staircase is made of.
It looks like a polymer, it is so even.

dutt khandelwal · August 08, 2012
Office Pictures · August 07, 2012

Nice worked

osman ghaffar · August 07, 2012

Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N | ArchDaily

zoomstudio · August 07, 2012

Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft: great staircase!!! vía @archdaily

James Brookes · August 07, 2012
Ann Na Xin · July 25, 2012

Public Records Office Canton Basel-Landschaft / EM2N | ArchDaily via @archdaily · February 17, 2010

White, timber and pink? Difficult scheme to handle, but it seems you did quite well here! This space has good filling without excessive excitement. Well done in my humble opinion,

Myungjin · October 03, 2009

yikkes! i agree with others. the staircase is almost sexy.////

aa4 · February 05, 2009

Anybody know what the staircase is made of? It almost looks like it's made in one piece, you can't see any joints!

tset · February 05, 2009

I love the staircase as well... Drill bit is a good analogy.

Francisca · February 04, 2009

amazing stair and good facade solution!
thanks archdaily,it is my favorite web site :)

Catherine · February 04, 2009

LOVE the staircase! I often feel modern architecture gets WAY too boxy but this staircase is so organic in form and creates soothing movement that I think it works well in this space! Thanks for this post!

martin · February 04, 2009

the stair is a drilling bit.


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