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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

2015 European Summer Exhibition Guide

04:00 - 8 June, 2015
2015 European Summer Exhibition Guide

Exhibitions, much like publications and films, are one of the key contemporary methods for the communication of architectural concepts and ideas. They allow the practice, curator or educative body to edit and present information and visuals in a way which narrates a story, provokes new ideas, or feeds into a wider discourse. For many, exhibitions are an invaluable source of inspiration and an engaging way of gaining new, or reaffirming old, knowledge and design precedents. Intimately linked to the space or place in which they are displayed, the best exhibitions also remind us that the practice of architecture is both a profession and a discipline; a valuable way of understanding the built, and unbuilt, world we live in.

If you're traveling to, living or studying in Europe this summer then dive into our compilation of what we consider to be some of the most informative and exciting exhibitions on show in between June and October 2015. If you visit them, or any other exhibitions that you enjoy, share a photograph on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #archdailyexhibitions.

Check out our favourite exhibitions on architecture, urbanism and design, from Jyväskylä to Milano, after the break. 

Architecture: Concept and Notation at SAM The Brutalist Playground, London. Image © Assemble & Simon Terrill UK Pavilion / Wolfgang Buttress. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu 'Africa' at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Image © Kere Dano +7

Jan Gehl: “Architects Know Very Little About People”

08:00 - 21 March, 2015
Jan Gehl: “Architects Know Very Little About People”, © Basile Bornand via Tages Woche
© Basile Bornand via Tages Woche

Danish urban planner and committed pedometer user Jan Gehl is an expert in creating “cities for people.” Following a recent talk he gave on sustainable cities in Basel, Gehl sat down with Tages Wocke to discuss what makes a city desirable and livable. “We found people’s behavior depends on what you invite them to do,” says Gehl. “The more streets you have, the more traffic you get. A more attractive public realm will be used by more people.” Read the full interview and see why Gehl thinks social and psychological sciences should be taught in architecture school, here

HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination

09:00 - 21 February, 2015
HHF Architects Transform Existing Parking Structure into Public Destination, Courtesy of HHF
Courtesy of HHF

Swiss firm HHF Architects have released images and drawings for "Parking & More," a mixed-use structure and public facility for Basel's Dreispitz quarter.

An addition to an existing steel parking complex, "Parking & More" combines a parking lot with eateries, sport facilities, and shops, "creating a vibrant and lively street and a partially covered urban plaza." The project is adjacent to BIG's Transitlager ad Herzog & de Meuron's 312 Helsinki Dreispitz, forming a triumvirate of new developments that reflect the area's rapid rates of densification and urbanisation. Read more about "Parking & More" and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of HHF Courtesy of HHF Courtesy of HHF Courtesy of HHF +15

Lichtstrasse / HHF Architects

00:00 - 16 February, 2015
Lichtstrasse / HHF Architects, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Maris Mezulis © Maris Mezulis © Julien Lanoo © Maris Mezulis +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lichtstrasse 9, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER with Cella Hubel, Nicole Baron, Philippe Guillod, Walter Gloor, Yujin Hirase, Lisa Lo, Daichi Takano, Jens Van Zele, Christian Weyell
  • Artist

    Erik Steinbrecher
  • Area

    3059.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Herzog & de Meuron Designs 205-Meter Tower and Research Center for Swiss Pharmaceutical Company

00:00 - 23 October, 2014
Herzog & de Meuron Designs 205-Meter Tower and Research Center for Swiss Pharmaceutical Company, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled plans for the modernization of the Roche pharmaceutical company’s Basel headquarters. With the first tower already under construction, the overall vision is to consolidate and update all existing facilities, including a historic Otto R. Salvisberg-designed office building, as well as construct a new, four-tower research center and 205-meter tall office tower by 2022. 

"The planned consolidation of the existing industrial site will eliminate the need to build over green zones", emphasizes Jürg Erismann, Head of the Basel/Kaiseraugst Site. "Instead, Roche will be making more efficient use of those parts of the site that have already been developed but cannot be expanded.” 

The Berlage Archive: Jacques Herzog (1998)

00:00 - 8 September, 2014

"What does architecture mean? Does it mean something? Where do you put it?" These are a few of the questions Jacques Herzog poses in this 1998 lecture at the Berlage Institute. Inspired by the concept that architecture is inherently a form of communication, Herzog, who co-founded Herzog & de Meuron with Pierre de Meuron, highlights nine of the firm's projects which all share similarities that feed into one another. The lecture, Herzog explains, is about using varied forms of language to create a conversation. Basel, a Swiss city bordering three countries and the home base of the firm, is characterized by many languages. Architecture, Herzog argues, is also a choreographed dance of languages, including those of art, music, light, void and mass, skin and surface, transparency and obscurity, layering and materiality.

Beginning with the Goetz Collection in Munich and describing the bands of light that cut through its cubic form, and continuing on to the play with existing urban factors and natural light to enhance the "impressive mass" of the Tate Modern, Herzog describes the poetry of design. He continues on to discuss Studio Remy Zaugg, a collaboration with Remy Zaugg for the Centre Pompidou, a psychological look at the urban study of Basel, the proposal for the MOMA Extension in New York, the Pritzker winning Signal Box, and the complex conceptual and physical layers of both the Laban Dance Centre in Deptford and the Dominus Winery in Napa. At the end, Herzog requests "critical" questions from the audience, inviting an exploratory conversation that provides insight into the design process of the architects and the experience of the users.

In answering an audience member's question, Herzog describes the mindset behind his dynamic practice: "If I knew what I'm doing, I probably wouldn't do it anymore. I wouldn't be interested in getting up in the morning, if I knew that's exactly how architecture works…it would be boring, if I knew this is my way."

Don’t miss the other lectures in The Berlage Archive series