Schaulager®, Laurenz Foundation
Laurenz Foundation, Basel, Switzerland
Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Architekturpreis Beton 05
Auszeichnung guter Bauten Kanton Basel-Landschaft Kanton Basel-Stadt 2008
Schaulager was founded in 2003, so as to combine the storage and display of contemporary art. As a research institution, storage facility, gallery and event venue, it provides specialists with a platform and research opportunities. In addition, Schaulager also realises exhibitions and projects that make contemporary art accessible to a broad public. The Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation's art collection is stored, looked after and maintained here.
In keeping with the underlying concept, the rooms are designed as storage rooms and exhibition spaces combined; they have a modular structure and can be adapted to the respective spatial requirements. While the storage rooms for the collection are situated on the three upper floors, the exhibition and visitor area encompasses the ground floor and underground floor. The atrium, an open space with a height of 28 m, provides a view of all five floors. Exposed concrete and a linear lighting system create a visual link between storage area and exhibition area.
A walk-through steel framework covers the entrance area, which is 22 m high, 60 m wide and 13.5 m deep. This construction is seamlessly supported at four points and clad with steel plates. The rest of the building envelope was created using dyed in-situ concrete made from the site's excavation material and roughened with a stonemason's hammer after the formwork was stripped off. The individual floors are supported solely by solid concrete pillars. The ceilings consist of prefabricated concrete elements with integrated building services equipment.