Architecture

Riehen a une architecture de renommée

Renzo Piano et Herzog & de Meuron ont construits ici. Mais on trouve ici aussi des bâtiments importants d’autres architectes, de l’époque de la « nouvelle architecture » des années 1920 et 1930.

Especially when it comes to private abodes and studios, Riehen has some outstanding examples of "new architecture". For example, Wenk‘s residential dwelling and studio by the architects Paul Artaria and Hans Schmidt, which is largely in its original state. The architects chose to experiment here with the traditional timber frame construction. The skeletal structure of the building for the artist Willi Wenk pre-empts the steel frame construction conceptually that allows for free floor planning and facade design. The Colnaghi, Schaeffer and Huber buildings, once again by Artaria and Schmidt, were Switzerland’s first residential houses in a steel skeleton construction. They attracted great attention and became icons of modern architecture beyond national borders.

In the past 20 years, new buildings have been developed in Riehen by renowned architects that have attracted widespread attention. A tour showcases buildings by three Pritzker laureates, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid and by internationally renowned architects from Basel and the rest of Switzerland. For the landscaping, renowned landscape architects were also often called upon. The tour offers a wide range of building types, from residential and commercial buildings to care facilities, leisure resorts to cultural and educational institutions.

The above examples and many other buildings are discussed in more detail in the Schweizerische Kunstführer (Swiss Art Guide) publication “Riehen” by Anne Nagel and Klaus Spechtenhauser. Riehen’s documentary centre and the Fondation Beyeler also regularly offer architectural tours.

Enjoy architecture. Riehen awaits.

 

Venez détendus. Riehen vous attend. 

 

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