BASEL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND STATE ARCHIVES 2014 — The new Basel Museum of Natural History and State Archives is an important part of the St. Johann district. A big building, it must remedy various deficits between the district and the railway area through its function, size, and length alone, stimulating life in the quarter like an engine. The hefty block of abuilding fulfils its urban planning function with the maximum possible openness and transparency.
A large, branched support structure spans the different and diverse uses of the new museum and the future archives, combining the two institutions into a whole, into a single large shape. Culture and nature are brought into a symbiotic relationship within a shared system.
The simple building structure is divided into sections, split into served and serving rooms, forming an efficient basic framework for the spatially flexible and atmospherically diverse floor plan concept.
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