Herzog & de Meuron
Project
1989-1990
Realization
1992-1993
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Process

Location plan: The grounds are situated at the immediate border between France and Switzerland.

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The roof spans most of the large interior hall, uninterrupted by supports. The prefabricated concrete pillars are filled in-situ with poured concrete and are set at angles thus giving the space a lively rhythm.

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Between the diagonal pillars and outside wall is a wide walkway with a window front facing the sports field. It can be used for sports activities as well.

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Simple design of the locker rooms.

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Construction

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The special invention of imprinting photographic pictures onto the outer layer of the concrete surface was first used for the sports complex Pfaffenholz. The slightly rough surface creates a spatial effect. The flat service building thus obtains additional depth. The spotted pattern plays with the shadows of the leaves of the neighboring trees.

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The theme of imprinting the facade was taken up with another material: the building’s shell was provided with another layer by imprinting the dark smoke glass of the outer enclosure on the inside with the pattern of the insulation mats lying underneath.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
BĂĽrgerspital, Basel, Switzerland
Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: IngenieurbĂĽro Andreas Zachmann, Basel, Switzerland
Construction Management: Pro-Plan-Ing AG, St. Louis, France
HVAC Engineering: W. Waldhauser, Basel, Switzerland
Plumbing Engineering: BogenschĂĽtz AG, Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Engineering: K. Schweizer, AG, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: W. Hunziker, Basel, Switzerland ; Kessler & Greder AG, Basel, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Glass Facade Consulting: Schmidlin AG, Aesch, Switzerland
Building Physics Consulting: Gysin & Ehrsam AG, Pratteln, Switzerland
Building Data
Site Area: 544'341 sqft, 50'571 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 58'835 sqft, 5'466 sqm
Footprint: 40'106 sqft, 3'726 sqm
Gross volume (GV): 1'407'502 cbft, 39'856 cbm

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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.

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

Herzog & de Meuron: “Ornament. Ricola Europe SA., Sportanlage Pfaffenholz, Bibliothek der Fachhochschulen Eberswalde, Griechisch-Orthodoxe Kirche in ZĂĽrich, Zwei Bibliotheken fĂĽr den Campus von Jussieu.” In: Marc Fester, Sabine Kraft, Nikolaus Kuhnert (Eds.) et al. Archplus. Herzog & de Meuron. Minimalismus und Ornament. Vol. No. 129/130, Aachen, ARCH+ Verlag GmbH, 12.1995. pp. 25-56.

Location