ARCHITECTURE: The Messe Basel Hall by Herzog & de Meuron

The Swiss city has welcomed the local designing duo, Herzog & de Meuron for a freshening to the Messe Basel exhibition centre.

 Text: Mary Giatra

Three new halls have been added to the centre that is hosting Art Basel, a very prestigious art festival, each June. The architects have managed to create three 10m high halls on top of one another. This way, they created a 2500-person events space on the ground floor and two extra exhibition rooms above.

Aluminum clads for the exterior add a space element to the general synthesis and create an impression of a woven facade. High attention has been given to the hall’s entrance. It had to be as welcoming as ever and attract as many visitors as possible. This is why a large circular skylight punctures the roof above the space, framing the main entrance into the building.

The New Hall has just been opened to the public and the reviews are very good for the architects’ work. Herzog & de Meuron are already a very important piece of contemporary architecture. Click here for a closer look at the duo’s recent projects.


photos via Hufton + Crow