New Building on Meret Oppenheim-Strasse, Basel
Yohan Zerdoun

Neubau Meret Oppenheim-Strasse, Basel

Luca Selva AG as Architects

Urbanistically this monolithic new building is situated at a teeming location that not only encompasses the head of the Margarethenbrücke overpass, but also the corner of a recently transformed block on Güterstrasse in Basel, historically a transshipment hub area with storage sheds and trades related to the utilization of the railway station.

photo_credit Yohan Zerdoun
Yohan Zerdoun

This important inner-city situation with its extreme special features in both directions is reflected in an unusual building section, which extends a precise and spatially rich response to the qualities of the location by providing the living space facing the tracks with an overdimensioned ceiling height.

photo_credit Yohan Zerdoun
Yohan Zerdoun

The spatial program entails various commercial uses on the ground floor city level, while the upper four standard floors and attic house a total of seventeen apartments, which are accessible via a pair of stairwells.

photo_credit Yohan Zerdoun
Yohan Zerdoun

The sculpturally impressive metropolitan façade also transports spatial richness into the urban surroundings through a building corner characteristically articulated in relief. The assemblage follows the logical principle of a hard shell facing the city and soft core inside.

photo_credit Yohan Zerdoun
Yohan Zerdoun

The project eloquently shows how the vibrant interplay of typology, material, and assemblage can be used to develop a valid architecture that is indifferent to the zeitgeist and enriches the place with a strong and distinctive identity.

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