Herzog & de Meuron
Project
1979
Realization
1979-1980

Taking on the superficial configuration of different elements of the surrounding suburban houses, the Blue House at once aligns with and distances itself from its neighbours. The curvature of the northern concrete block wall appears to give the building more volume and weight; an impression that is, however, revoked by the thin layer of ultramarine paint (Yves Klein’s favourite colour) that allows the brush stroke to remain visible. The impression of fragility is also emphasised by the manifestation of the construction joint on the street facade with its eccentrically placed, prefabricated reinforced-concrete window opening.

The building opens towards the garden by means of a loggia-like balcony. On the inside a filigreed, curved metal staircase leads to the attic. The provision of a partially walled garden establishes a theme that is taken up again in the House for an Art Collector.

Herzog & de Meuron, 1995

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Planning
Construction Management: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Helmut Pauli, IngenieurbĂĽro Schaub, Basel, Switzerland
Building Data
Site Area: 5'984 sqft, 556 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 1'313 sqft, 122 sqm
Footprint: 721 sqft, 67 sqm
Gross volume (GV): 24'720 cbft, 700 cbm

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Herzog und de Meuron: “Kleines Einfamilienhaus in Oberwil BL.” In: Verband freierwerbender Schweizer Architekten. FĂ©dĂ©ration Suisse des Architectes IndĂ©pendants FSAI (Ed.). “Archithese. Zeitschrift und Schriftenreihe fĂĽr Architektur und Kunst. Revue thĂ©matique d’Architecture et d’Art. Nachkriegs-Generation. Schweizer Architekten unter 40.” Vol. No. 1, Niederteufen, Arthur Niggli, 01.1980. pp. 38-39.