Project:

Primary School C. Merian

Year:

2019 -

Client:

Bau- und Verkehrsdepartement Basel-Stadt, Städtebau & Architektur, Hochbauamt

Location:

Basel, Switzerland

Program:

School, Multifunctional Hall, Library

Area:

3’600 sqm

Commission:

Open competition, 1st prize

architects:

Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG

Planning Team:

Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer Bauingenieure AG

Extension and Renovation

School buildings must be able to adapt to the constantly changing requirements. The existing building is therefore reorganised, and a new wing is added which allows for a flexible use of the classrooms and group rooms but also of the teachers’ area.

Today’s entrance becomes a hinge over which corridors extend in three directions resembling a windmill. In the new wing the elevator and representative staircase are placed for both buildings. The new-wing corridor is designed as a learning landscape and works as a powerful and efficient connection. The staircase in the existing building is replaced by new toilets while the centrally positioned common technical facilities maximise energy flows.

The ground floor of the new wing serves as public zone oriented towards the Emmanuel-Büchel Strasse. The foyer that connects to the auditorium has its own entrance, and the kitchen is designed as an object within the space. The auditorium is lowered by 1.6 metres underground, resulting in compact building volume and with a direct connection between the existing and the new. The auditorium is a multifunctional space that can be used in various ways and can be opened towards the outside for public events. Above the concrete ground floor, three floors made from a wooden structure are dedicated to school use. The teacher area is on the first floor and on the typical second and third floors are located the classrooms and group rooms.

The architectural protagonist of the new wing is the wooden-frame-structure. It stiffens out the wing both transversely and longitudinally and allows installation of flexible wall partitions. The wooden ribs and cross-pillars in conjunction with the concrete ceiling divide and structure the space. The concrete and wooden building with the light balcony structure facing east, invites for a colourful and playful appropriation of the space, or better yet, it demands it.

Publications

Projects

Architecture

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Current phase: construction project

Airport Engadine, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary design

Mobility Hub, Zug, 2019 –
Future Parking Facility with retail component
Current phase: execution

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Current phase: public vote

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Transformation Project from the former industrial estate to the mixed-use development with housing
Current phase: framework plan

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Housing
Current phase: on hold

Office Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: execution

House Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary planning

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Club, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary planning

Cooperative Housing, Wetzikon, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary planning

Urban Design

Salina Raurica / Salinenhofquartier, Pratteln, 2018 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: design guidelines

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: design manual

Urban Space Development Concept for SBB Basel Station, 2018 –
Current state: public consultation

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Bell-Areal, Kriens, 2020 –
Current state: competition

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: study with recommendation for further development

Areal Dübendorf, 2020 –
Current state: study

Areal Oerlikon, 2020 –
Current state: study

Areal Dierikon, 2015 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Current state: urban framework

Seetalstrasse Meierhöfli Emmen, 2020 –
Current state: test planing

Klosterareal Pluggendorf, Münster, 2020 –
Current state: workshop + competition

ZHA, Boulevard, Hönggerberg Campus, 2020 –
Current state : ongoing (with Studio Vulkan)

Herrliberg-Feldmeilen station, 2020 –
Current state: study

Urban System Research

cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
Current state: ongoing

The Industrious City – Book Publication, 2017 –
(Lars Müller Publishers)
Published in fall 2020

Workplace Area Development, Winterthur, 2019 –
Current state: ongoing

Network strategy 2040 and
future public transport 2050, Zurich, 2020 –
Current state: ongoing (with IBV Hüsler)

Contact

Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 43 243 6313F. +41 43 243 6315
office@hosoyaschaefer.com

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 603, 21 Sakaicho, Gojo-Takakurakado, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-819, Japan
T. +81 75 744 1503
office@hosoyaschaefer.com