Daniel Buchner (*1967) and Andreas Bründler (*1967) founded their architectural firm in Basel in 1997. Their buildings are characterised by their dialogue with the location. The building reacts to its context and expands it by productively extrapolating on existing structures. Their architecture thus avoids self-referential formalism by enabling each project to develop its own identity. The cohesion of their work lies in their method. Their building approach includes conceptual work on the room programme, a strong articulation of craftsmanship and a conscious implementation of materiality. Their search for honesty in materials often leads to the use of raw concrete, which appears archaic in its atmospheric density and intensity. For instance, their Garden Tower in Wabern near Bern, whose cantilevered ceilings form a peripheral balcony zone. An exterior metal mesh for climbing plants creates a vertical layer of vegetation.
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A Green High-Rise: Garden Tower near Bern
For the prescribed design theme "Living with a View", Buchner Bründler Architekten developed a striking high-rise.
Ode to in-situ concrete: House in Basel
Both indoor and outdoor walls show the textural imprint of longitudinal wooden shuttering, and even some of the fixtures are cast in concrete.
An Archaic Monolith: Summer House by Buchner Bründler Architekten
The quietude and rusticity that reign here inspired Buchner Bründler Architekten to transform a 200-year-old stone house into a holiday home.
Living and Office Space »Volta-Zentrum« in Basel, Switzerland
As the centrepiece of the newly designed neighbourhood outside of St. Johann, in the north of Basel, the powerful Volta-Zentrum’s exposed concrete building is a stand-out landmark in the city.