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House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos

13:00 - 19 July, 2017
House with a Tree / Sauter von Moos, © Rolf Frei
© Rolf Frei

Courtesy of Sauter von Moos © Eiko Grimberg © Rolf Frei Courtesy of Sauter von Moos +17

Peter Zumthor Unveils Designs for Beyeler Foundation Addition

14:00 - 4 May, 2017
Peter Zumthor Unveils Designs for Beyeler Foundation Addition, House for Art and Pavilion (right-hand side), View from the Berower Park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner
House for Art and Pavilion (right-hand side), View from the Berower Park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner

Atelier Peter Zumthor has revealed conceptual designs for their CHF 100 million ($100 million USD) addition of the Beyeler Foundation in Riehen, Switzerland, just outside of the city of Basel. Located on land formerly off-limits to the public, the extension will add an array of new event and gallery spaces to the existing museum, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and opened in 1997.

Drawing from the “village-like character” of Riehen, the addition will consist of three, relatively small new buildings that blend harmoniously into the museum’s nature-filled setting: a stoic building for administration and service, a glass pavilion for events, and a grand House for Art. Together, their arrangement will help to create a subtle link between the new and old areas of the site.

House for Art, View from the Iselin-Weber Park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner House for Art, Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner House for Art and Pavilion, View from the west along the Bachtelenweg in the direction of Baselstrasse. Image Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner House for Art, View from the Iselin-Weber Park. Image Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner +6

Think You Know Swiss Architecture? Think Again.

04:00 - 3 April, 2017
Think You Know Swiss Architecture? Think Again., "Which vernacular building or spatial situation do you find inspiring for your approach to architecture?". Image © S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum
"Which vernacular building or spatial situation do you find inspiring for your approach to architecture?". Image © S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum

In one of his 1922 travel essays for the Toronto Star Ernest Hemingway wrote, in a typically thewy tone, of “a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways and all stuck over with large brown hotels built [in] the cuckoo style of architecture.” This was his Switzerland: a country cornered in the heartland of Europe and yet distant from so much of its history. A nation which, for better or worse and particularly over the course of the 20th Century, has cultivated and become subject to a singularly one-dimensional reputation when it comes to architectural culture and the built environment.

Smarch / Project: Trash Gap - Compos(t)ition / Location: Bern (BE). Image © Smarch. Courtesy S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum Bayer Klemmer / Project: Drying Tower Burgweiherweg / Location: St. Gallen (SG). Image © Christoph Hurni. Courtesy S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum Atelier Archiplein / Project: Gneiss Quarry /  Location: Tessin. Image © Stefano Zerbi. Courtesy S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum Baserga Mozzetti / Project: Stable / Location: Valle di Blenio (TI). Image © Giovanni Buzzi. Courtesy S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum / Swiss Architecture Museum +17

Parterre One / Focketyn Del Rio Studio

05:00 - 16 February, 2017
Parterre One / Focketyn Del Rio Studio, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +34

Christ & Gantenbein’s Kunstmuseum Basel Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

15:30 - 21 November, 2016
Christ & Gantenbein’s Kunstmuseum Basel Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

In another photoset from his latest Switzerland trip, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu takes us inside Christ & Gantenbein’s recently-opened addition to the Kunstmuseum Basel. The design, winner in an international competition in 2009, sought to create a “contemporary brother” to the original museum, opening up to the street through its angled form. The monochromatic brick facade also responds to its context and historic neighbor, while hiding a wraparound LED screen beneath to create a frieze with a technological twist.

Check out the full series of shots, after the break.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +33

BIG Transitlager in Switzerland Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

12:00 - 15 November, 2016
BIG Transitlager in Switzerland Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, Basel Transitlager / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Basel Transitlager / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

In this latest photoset, photographer Laurian Ghinitiou gives us a first look at BIG’s Transitlager, a new mixed-use arts complex located within and around an existing warehouse building in Basel, Switzerland. Now nearing completion, the renovation and expansion is characterized by its reaction to the existing geometries of the nearby industrial infrastructure, taking the form of two distinct buildings, one placed on top of the other. The complex will contain a series of multifunctional floors for art, commerce, working and living in becoming the center of the new arts district of Dreispitz.

Check out the full series, below.

Basel Transitlager / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Basel Transitlager / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Basel Transitlager / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Basel Transitlager / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +31

Peter Zumthor Selected to Design Beyeler Foundation Expansion

14:00 - 15 September, 2016
Peter Zumthor Selected to Design Beyeler Foundation Expansion, Beyeler Foundation, 1997 / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Fran Parente
Beyeler Foundation, 1997 / Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Image © Fran Parente

The office of Peter Zumthor has been selected to design an expansion to the Beyeler Foundation, located just outside Zumthor’s childhood home of Basel, Switzerland. The Swiss architect was chosen from a prestigious shortlist of 11 firms to add to the existing museum building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and completed in 1997.

“The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings–those are the landscapes of my youth,” said Zumthor. “It is heart-warming to be able to design a major building here.”

Gallery: Herzog & de Meuron's Schaudepot at the Vitra Campus Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

07:45 - 25 August, 2016
Gallery: Herzog & de Meuron's Schaudepot at the Vitra Campus Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Earlier this summer, the Vitra Schaudepot on the Vitra Campus was officially opened. The latest in a string of structures designed by emerging and well-known architects, this gallery space is the second building by Swiss-practice Herzog & de Meuron. Conceived as "a visible storage facility" presenting a cross-section of the Vitra Design Museum's extensive collection of furniture and lighting, over 400 objects will provide "a comprehensive introduction to the history of furniture design." Featuring a café, shop and a new entrance for visitors to the museum, the building is also able to host temporary exhibitions. Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to this latest addition in Weil am Rhein.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +32

Casa Forest / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten

03:00 - 16 August, 2016
Casa Forest  / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten, © Philippe Wiget Photography
© Philippe Wiget Photography

© Philippe Wiget Photography © Alexandra Kreja © Philippe Wiget Photography © Philippe Wiget Photography +23

Jazz Campus / Buol & Zünd

03:00 - 3 May, 2016
Jazz Campus / Buol & Zünd , © Georg Aerni
© Georg Aerni

© Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utengasse 15, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Robert Müller, Vincenzo Maddalena, Rémy Schuster, Jules Hausherr, Johannes Schäfer, Franziska Moog, Yannick Schnetz, Bruno Radelfinger, Reem Al- Wakeel, Martin Schröder, Judith Sagl
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein

03:00 - 21 April, 2016
Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein, © Stefano Graziani
© Stefano Graziani

© Stefano Graziani © Stefano Graziani © Stefano Graziani © Walter Mair +27

Residencial Building Gelterkinden / Merki Schmid Architects

05:00 - 10 April, 2016
 Residencial Building Gelterkinden   / Merki Schmid Architects , © Alicja Dobrucka
© Alicja Dobrucka

© Alicja Dobrucka © Alicja Dobrucka © Alicja Dobrucka © Alicja Dobrucka +26

This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953–1978

04:30 - 25 March, 2016
This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953–1978, This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953–1978, Swiss Architecture Museum
This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953–1978, Swiss Architecture Museum

This Was Tomorrow is an exhibition about architectural imagination and the power, processes and poetics of creation and invention. It presents a series of twelve episodes—beginning in the 1950s—that look at the ferment of new ideas as architects began to re-conceive space in response to the conditions of a newly affluent society and the emergence of the electronic age.

Each of these investigations—from Le Corbusier’s late new harmony of form, to Aldo Rossi’s evocations of the force of history—looks into the basic elements, open futures and varied possibilities of architectural thinking, proposing fundamental new ideas and examining the potential of the built environment to reform the relations of humans to each other and to their environments.

Novartis Physic Garden / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

17:00 - 24 March, 2016
Novartis Physic Garden / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects, © Jan Raeber
© Jan Raeber

© Sweco Architects © Sweco Architects © Sweco Architects © Sweco Architects +52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Novartis Campus, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Team

    Pege Hillinge, Johan Krikström, Johnny Lindeberg , Emma Norrman (plants), Therese Egnor (plants), Alexander Cederroth (light), Markus Moström (graphics), Pål Svensson (drinking fountains).
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

HHF Architects Design Moving Pavilion for ZeitRäume in Basel

08:00 - 12 September, 2015
HHF Architects Design Moving Pavilion for ZeitRäume in Basel, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

HHF architects has created a temporary pavilion for the first biennial for contemporary music and architecture ZeitRäume in Basel, Switzerland.

At nearly six meters tall, the installation is constructed of simple parts:  “a large drum made of bamboo poles, with a roof of scaffolding brackets.” While seemingly basic in construction, the pavilion additionally features movement in the roof portion, when blown by the wind.

Wooden Structure at Launchlabs / Stereo Architektur

15:00 - 7 September, 2015
Wooden Structure at Launchlabs / Stereo Architektur, © Lukas Schaffhuser
© Lukas Schaffhuser

© Lukas Schaffhuser © Lukas Schaffhuser © Lukas Schaffhuser © Lukas Schaffhuser +15

EM2N to Build Basel's New Museum of Natural History and State Archives

14:16 - 21 August, 2015
EM2N to Build Basel's New Museum of Natural History and State Archives , View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon
View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon

EM2N has won first prize in an international competition to design the new Museum of Natural History Basel and the State Archives Basel-City. Selected over 22 other proposals, the winning scheme "Zasamane" will unite both institutions within a single "storehouse" that will "combine knowledge about nature and culture" of the Swiss city. The elongated building will take shape with a subtle stagger that responds to the neighboring railway line and increases in density as it approaches Vogesenplatz. A slender tower will anchor the building, offering an "urban symbol" for both institutions.

View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Ponnie Images View from Vogesenplatz. Image © EM2N; Render by Ponnie Images Shared entrance hall. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon Staircase hall Museum of Natural History Basel. Image © EM2N; Render by Luxigon +21

Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel

08:00 - 17 June, 2015
Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel, © Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig have opened their "Outpost Basel" pavilion for the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Incorporating materials and cultural elements from America, Japan, Austria, and Romania, the pavilion is a “high-design space made from everyday materials,” with a design centered on the idea of contrast, much like the concept of yin-yang. Different levels of lighting, material colors, and uses of space are contrasted with balance in order to create a functional, flexible meeting and gathering space.

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott +17