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Herzog & de Meuron
The duet of sublime and the picturesque one
Philip Ursprung, August 29, 2010
Herzog & De Meuron
Herzog & De Meuron
 
Another aspect of the architects’ work is their fascination with mundane sights and materials and how they may be changed into something startling. This sort of alchemy has been practised by artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Joseph Beuys - and also by pharmaceutical chemists. The motif of the spiral symbolizes such change for Herzog & de Meuron and appears throughout their work: from their very first proposal for the Basel Marktplatz (1979), where the sound of an underground river would be conveyed to the surface through spiralling tunnels, to the cast-iron curtain construction of the Schützenmattstrasse Apartment and Commercial Building (1984–93), the sinuous water-purification system of the Park for the Avenida Diagonal (1989), and the copper-wire wrapping of the Signal Box, Auf dem Wolf (1989-94).

Herzog & de Meuron_Poste d'aiguillage Central CFF, Bâle
Herzog & de Meuron_Poste d'aiguillage Central CFF, Bâle
 
Herzog & De Meuron_Hospital Pharmacy_Bâle
Herzog & De Meuron_Hospital Pharmacy_Bâle
 
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