Ode to in-situ concrete: House in Basel
Architect: Buchner Bründler Architekten, Basel
Location: Bläsiring 124, 4057 Basel, Switzerland
The long, strung-out floor plans 72 square metres in size solely gain daylight from the north and south, there being no openings in the walls to the sides. Sliding doors enable sill-less flooring, and along with shelved walls divide the apartments into zones. The room-high windows framed in oak introduce daylight into the interior and at the same time underscore the rectangular floor plan. Tubular luminaires mounted in places along the edge of the ceilings provide additional lighting while bringing out the tactile surface structure of the site-cast walls.
The building seems all of a piece. The formwork used to cast the concrete has left a visible imprint in the form of the wood grain of the shuttering. Certain fixtures, such as kitchen shelves and bath bubs are also cast in-situ concrete, and as part of a homogenous volume merge into the overall structure of the house.
Client: Baugesellschaft Bläsing, Basel
Structural engineer: Jürg Merz Ingenieurbüro
Acoustic and building physics: Martin Lienhard Bau- & Raumakustik