Built by Heinrich Flügel in 1895, the Villa Hammer is a stately neo-baroque villa in the Kleinbasel-neighborhood next to the Wettstein-Square. Listed, but completely rundown since its last owner died and victim to a series of poorly executed renovations that destroyed large parts of the original interiors, our task was to gently renovate the old house, re-appropriate its initial spatial layout surrounding an inner hall with a light-flooded stair-well, climatically improve the entire structure and adapt it to its new use. Rejuvenating its exterior appearance, as well, we inserted in the garden a new building containing two apartments. Newly embracing a protected garden, at the center of the extension is placed a two-story high cubic volume that is covered by a wide overhanging roof. Continue reading Sauter von Moos . Herzog & de Meuron
The Piano Factory in New York is the show space for Prada Resort 2019. In 2002, the transformation of a former piano factory into the Prada Headquarters building in New York was the first project to be realized by Herzog & de Meuron for Prada. It was a kind of a striptease of the existing building: all architectural elements were removed so only the naked concrete structure remained. Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron
The new 10-seater Espel-Stöfeli-Chäserrugg Gondola Lift in the Toggenburg region of eastern Switzerland came into service in the same year that the summit building on the Chäserrugg mountain opened. The main purpose of the new lift is to optimize conditions for skiers.
The installation replaces two existing drag lifts and provides a key link within the three parts of the Toggenburg skiing region (Wildhaus – Unterwasser – Alt. St. Johann). It reduces waiting times at the “bottleneck” Iltios station during the winter season and offers winter sports enthusiasts an alternative route onto the Chäserrugg. Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron