NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM BASEL AND STATE ARCHIVES BASEL-STADT, 2014 —
The new building of the Natural History Museum Basel and the State Archives Basel-Stadt forms an important centrepiece of the St. Johann district. Its function, size and length between the quarter and the railway area have to be such that as a large building, it has to overcome various deficits and, like a motor, boost life in the quarter. The building fulfils its urban planning function as a large bar with the greatest possible openness and transparency.
A large branched load-bearing structure spans the different and diverse uses of the new NMB and the future StABS and unites the two institutions into a whole, a large figure. Within this common order, culture and nature enter into a symbiotic relationship.
A simple building structure divided into sections of served and serving rooms forms the efficient basic framework for a spatially flexible and atmospherically diverse spatial concept.
Visuals: finest images / O&O Baukunst