Herzog & de Meuron

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Hauptpost Basel project emerged from a competition we won in 2019.

With the granting of the building permit, an important step towards realization has been achieved. The project is currently in the detailed planning phase. Construction on site will start at the beginning of January 2023. The completion is targeted for the end of 2024.

The old Main Post Office is a multi-layered building with origins dating back to the 14th century. Based on a careful analysis of the existing building substance, later additions and alterations will be meticulously deconstructed and the original spatial flow restored. Particular attention is paid to open up the ground floor area and integrating the large, historic counter hall into the surrounding urban space. The formerly private passageway between Gerbergasse and Freie Strasse invites pedestrians to take a break and provides access to the central, roofed patio. In reference to the original inner courtyard, the patio is freed from later fixtures and acts as a link between the passage and the counter hall.

In addition to the public ground floor “Magasin,” the passage, and the patio, the upper floors are planned as commercial/office space. A new roof top will be providing a panoramic view of the old town.

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