Herzog & de Meuron
Project
1986
Realization
1987

The building serves the fully automated storage of herbal sweets. Seen from the outside and from a distance, the building reveals itself as a singular unified whole, as something that one could understand as a storage building. The Eternit panels, larger at the top than at the bottom, make up the cladding and underline the difference between the lower part, where innumerable individual foundations support the façade construction, and the upper part, where a cantilevering timber construction reveals the galvanized sheet-metal box on the building’s inside.

Visual references are also made to the traditional stacking of sawn timber boards around the numerous saw mills of the area, as well as to the limestone quarry within which the storage building sits. The foundation beams have been left exposed. Layers of construction have been left visible so that the basic cladding of galvanized sheet metal can be seen with the loading bay. The image of the stacking of planks is seen on approaching the building; every element of the cladding is a kind of storage frame wherein parts of the façade are “stored“, just as goods are stored in the building’s interior.
Herzog & de Meuron, 1988

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Process

The image of stacked wooden boards, frequently found in the sawmills of the Laufen valley, was used for the shell of the storage house with a ventilated weather-protection facade.

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The storage hall for herbs and bonbons was erected on a concrete base on top of rocky ground in the immediate vicinity of the lime rock wall in an old quarry.

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A first model still shows all Eternit boards at an even height. The second model additionally clarifies the shell-like character of the facade.

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From the distance, the facade has an object-like closed-up character.

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Upon approaching the building, the repetitive structure of the facades falls apart into its carrying and loading components that adjoin one another in a harsh way without forming a rhythm.

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The termination of the facade is formed by a cantilevering wreath of horizontal Eternit boards, allowing the metal volume to peek through.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
Ricola, Laufen, Switzerland
Planning
Construction Management: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Planning: Elektro Burger, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: R. Schmidlin, Laufen, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Metal Engineering: A. Schmidlin, Zwingen, Switzerland
Timber Construction : G. Kämpf AG, Rupperswil, Switzerland
Building Data
Facade surface: 31'215 sqft, 2'900 sqm
Links
www.ricola.com

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Jacques Herzog: “Die verborgene Geometrie der Natur. The Hidden Geometry of Nature.” In: Gerhard Mack (Ed.). “Herzog & de Meuron 1978-1988. Das Gesamtwerk. Band 1. The Complete Works. Volume 1.” Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 1997. Vol. No. 1. pp. 207-211. First published in: Jacques Herzog: “La Geometria oculta de la Naturalesa. The Hidden Geometry of Nature.”
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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.

Bruno Reichlin: “Objectlike. The Ricola Storage Building.” In: K. Michael Hays (Ed.). “Assemblage. A critical Journal of Architecture and Design Culture.” Vol. No. 9, Cambridge MA / London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Press, 06.1989. pp. 108-113. First published in: Bruno Reichlin: “Objekthaft.” In: Architekturmuseum Basel (Ed.). “Herzog & de Meuron. Architektur Denkform.” Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Architektur Denkform.” Architekturmuseum Basel, Switzerland. 1 October – 20 November 1988. Basel, Wiese AG, 1988. pp. 20-27.

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