Herzog & de Meuron
Realization
1993-1994
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Process

The slope prior to construction.

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Entrance on the basement floor.

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Façade opening facing southwest.

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The windows sit on top of the plaster like individual volumes.

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A house that looks as though it was cut out of the slope with a knife.

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The stucco-lustro plaster lives with the weather: southeast façade facing the garden. The movement of the sliding doors changes the façade. At night, the inside steps outside as an image.

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A house that’s like a crystal: the glazed inner courtyard at the center of the house.

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The upper floor opens up towards the sun and southwest. The roof can be shut and turns the courtyard into an interior room protected from the climate.

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Interior and exterior permeate each other: the transparent yard mediates between the different sections of the house. The biotope on the upper floor is turned by 90 degrees.

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Drawings

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Team

Project Team
Jean-Frédéric Lüscher (Project Architect)

Facts

Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
HVAC Engineer: Waldhauser Haustechnik AG, Basel, Switzerland
Plumbing Engineering: Danzeisen Söhne AG, Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Engineering: Baumann und Schaufelberger AG, Riehen, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Helmut Pauli, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Designer: Kienast Vogt Partner, Zürich, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Consulting: Mensch AG, Basel, Switzerland
Window Construction: R+R Metallbau, Birsfelden, Switzerland
Building Data
Gross floor area (GFA): 5'984 sqft, 556 sqm
Footprint: 3'261 sqft, 303 sqm
Gross volume (GV): 73'136 cbft, 2'071 cbm

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1992-1996. The Complete Works. Volume 3.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Chinese ed. Beijing, China Architecture & Building Press, 2010. Vol. No. 3.

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 Cosmética.” 2nd adv. and rev. ed. Vol. No. 60+84, Madrid, El Croquis, 2005.

Jacques Herzog, Sabine Kraft, Christian Kühn: “Mit allen Sinnen spüren. Jacques Herzog im Gespräch mit Sabine Kraft und Christian Kühn.” In: Sabine Kraft, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Günther Uhlig (Eds.). “Archplus. Zeitschrift für Architektur und Städtebau. Architektur natürlich.” Vol. No. 142, Aachen, ARCH+ Verlag GmbH, 07.1998. pp. 32-39.

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