Herzog & de Meuron
Project
1981
Realization
1981-1982
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Process

The photo studio is located in the garden of a villa in the border region between Weil am Rhein and Basel, near the highway and amidst a very versatile development area with backyards, small gardens, industrial buildings, single-family homes and apartment
houses.

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The single-story hall receives light through cuboids placed at an angle on the roof; at first, faced with gold leaf, they were supposed to rise above the surrounding hodgepodge of buildings.

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The design reacts to the heterogeneous environment and connects the separate building types in a way similar to the Riehen pool.

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The office tract quotes the wooden building style of regional kindergartens.

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The photo hall is placed into the garden like a folded-up box whose strangeness in enhanced by the skyward facing light cubes and the industrial tarpaper strips of the facade facing.

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The large lighting volumes on the slightly slanted shed roof form a separate roof landscape.

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The wood and glass elements of the construction of the skylights folded up and seen from below on the roof construction and longitudinal section of the ceiling and roof skylight.

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The perspective of the continuing photo hall narrows down into a socalled photo-egg and can be divided up into three separate workspaces with movable partitioning walls. Depending on the lighting requirements, one can choose between natural or artificial light or a combination of both.

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The amount of light supplied by the roof cubes can be regulated.

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The light, wood-glass tract connects the existing two-story villa and the photo hall. The kitchen space is installed container-like as a box, a principle that is taken up again in the Therwil house and other buildings.

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Assembly of the photo studio. The hall is erected as a simple shed construction above the concrete basement and is lined with drywall panels, thermal insulation, Atex boards and plywood boards, as well as elastomer sheeting.

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Details of the facade facing made of industrial plywood and roof paper.

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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: 20'451 sqft, 1'900 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 6'458 sqft, 600 sqm
Footprint: 4'951 sqft, 460 sqm
Gross volume (GV): 105'944 cbft, 3'000 cbm

Bibliography

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva. Herzog & de Meuron 1978-2007.” 2nd rev. ed. Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 2007.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 1981-2000. Between the Face and the Landscape. The Cunning of Cosmetics. Entre el Rostro y el Paisaje. La Astucia de la CosmĂ©tica.” 2nd adv. and rev. ed. Vol. No. 60+84, Madrid, El Croquis, 2005.

Wilfried Wang: “Herzog & de Meuron.” 3rd adv. and rev. ed. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 1998. (= Studiopaperback).

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1978-1988. Das Gesamtwerk. Band 1. The Complete Works. Volume 1.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 1997. Vol. No. 1.

Martin Steinmann: “Fabrikbauten. Bâtiments industriels. Edifici industriali. Factory Buildings.” In: Schweizerische Verkehrszentrale (Ed.). “Schweiz. Suisse. Svizzera. Svizra. Switzerland. Monatszeitschrift der Schweizerischen Verkehrszentrale und des öffentlichen Verkehrs. Neuere Architektur.” Vol. No. 1, 1988. pp. 32-41.

Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron: “Fotostudio. Atelier d’un Photographe.” 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. Zweckarchitektur.” Vol. No. 3, Niederteufen, Arthur Niggli, 05.1983. pp. 15-18.