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Situated on the edge of a typical suburban development in Eindhoven, this house with a garden blends at first sight into its surroundings, meeting the local building code for white, cubic houses. However, on closer inspection, the house reveals a refined play of mass and material that challenges all conventions. The building rises in a single gesture to the maximum allowed building height; the abrupt subtle curved-roof ending gives the impression of a load being taken off the top of the house, leaving a sturdy figure behind in its new surroundings. Hence its name: Atlas House.
In April 2016 the 8,000-square-meter extension of the Kunstmuseum Basel was opened. Just a few steps from the Rhine, the Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein erected a solitary gray structure that is connected through an underground hall with the main building. The façade of the museum consists of bricks, in red and yellow tones, which were extracted with nitrogen. Through the chemical process of the material, the building appears like a coarse-grained, black-and- white photograph in the middle of the city. Darker bricks were rather used on the lower part of the building whereas the material becomes successively brighter towards the top, forming a gentle color gradient.
Photo: © Nils Fisch
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