In my opinion, Herzog & de Meuron has been one of the few practices pushing new forms on architecture. They always start with something vernacular, extracting its inner essence and materializing it into something new that you will immediately understand by looking at the building (or the renders). A dialog between art and the current state of our society, embodied on industrial facilities, residential projects, mixed use complexes. We now bring you a special on Herzog & de Meuron, with photos by Barcelona-based photographer Duccio Malagamba (previously featured on our AD Photographers section). Eleven works by the Swiss practice after the break:
VitraHaus A showroom for Vitra house furniture, using the image that we will associate to a house. The stacked volumes articulate a series of visual relations while containing a clear path for the visitors. More info on our previous feature on the Vitra Haus.
Forum Building The architectural landmark of the 2004 Universal Forum of the Cultures in Barcelona.
IKMZ Library of the Brandeburg University
Walker Art Center
Allianz Arena The inflatable skin of the stadium that we all saw during the 2006 World Cup.
Office and Commercial Building Elsässertor
De Young Museum Impressive copper cladded building at the Golden Park in San Francisco, CA. A long volume perforated with light striations which define the different galleries. A twisted volume stands tall, offering new views of the park from the lookout at the top.
St. Jakob Tower and Mercedes Benz Showroom
TEA Tenerife Space for the Arts