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Sports centre Pfaffenholz

Basel/St. Louis, Switzerland/France

Project 1989-1990
Realisation 1992-1993


Bürgerspital Basel, Switzerland


Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland


Auszeichnung Guter Bauten Kanton Basel-Landschaft Kanton Basel-Stadt 1997

This sports centre is located precisely on the border between Basel and Saint-Louis in the French part of Basel's surrounding agglomeration. Built onto the large hall, which can be divided into three smaller gymnasiums and a gymnastics room, a long low building with an extensive projecting roof serves as the main entrance and accommodates infrastructural elements such as a kiosk, changing rooms and equipment rooms.


The building envelope is made of large green glass panels with special imprinting that filters incident daylight. Impressive V-shaped supports and exposed-concrete surfaces characterise the interior of the sports hall. An athletics track, three football pitches and a covered all-weather field are arranged around the hall. A large amount of vegetation has been planted on the flat roof.

© Margherita Spiluttini
© Margherita Spiluttini
© Margherita Spiluttini
© Margherita Spiluttini
© Margherita Spiluttini

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