BIG's mixed-use 'transitlager' nears completion in switzerland BIG's mixed-use 'transitlager' nears completion in switzerland
nov 17, 2016

BIG's mixed-use 'transitlager' nears completion in switzerland

 

architectural photographer laurian ghinitoiu has documented bjarke ingels group’s much-anticipated ‘transitlager’ as it nears completion in basel, switzerland. the project, which was revealed back in 2011, forms part of a cluster of buildings dedicated to cultural programming. the scheme involves the addition of a new structure, which has been stacked on top of a former warehouse building in the city’s dreispitz district.

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all images © laurian ghinitoiu

 

 

at ground level, BIG’s design contains commercial and retail outlets, with office space found above. meanwhile, the uppermost floors contain residences — many inside the new three-storey structure, which has been staggered to ensure views and natural light. doubling the building’s size, the extension allows the transitlager to offer a range of spatial qualities. open and flexible plans can exist alongside bespoke units, while public programs complement the private residences above. the mixed-use nature of the development is intended to ensure that the site is activated 24 hours a day.

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the ‘transitlager’ is nearing completion in basel, switzerland

 

 

the stacking of two complimentary structures — one on top of the other — has generated a new take on the typology of the communal courtyard,’ said bjarke ingels when the project was first unveiled. ‘where the typical residential courtyard finds itself incarcerated by walls of program, the roofyards of the transitlager combine the tranquility and communal space of the courtyard with the sunlight and panoramic views of the penthouse. a penthouse for the people.’ the mixed-use development is expected to fully open next year.

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the scheme involves a new structure stacked on top of a former warehouse building

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at ground level, the design contains commercial and retail outlets

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the building will also be home to a variety of offices

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the uppermost floors contain residences — many inside the new three-storey structure

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the extension has been staggered to ensure views and natural light

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the addition allows the ‘transitlager’ to offer a diverse range of spaces

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public programs complement the private residences above

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the mixed-use nature of the project is intended to ensure that the site is activated 24 hours a day

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project info:

 

location: basel, switzerland
type: invited competition
size: 30,000 sqm
status: under construction
partners in charge: bjarke ingels, andreas klok pedersen, finn nørkjaer
project leader: jakob henke
team: agnete jukneviciute, alexandra gustaffson, andreas johansen, annette jensen, barbara srpkova, buster christensen, camila stadler, dennis rasmussen, dominic black, enea michelesio, erik de haan, gül ertekin, franck fdida, helen chen, ioannis gio, jan magasanik, jesper andersen, lorenzo boddi, marcelina kolasinska, teresa fernandez, martin voelkle, miao zhang, michael schønemann, mikkel marcker stubgaard, ole elkjaer-larsen, ricardo palma, ryohei koike, sergiu calacean, tobias hjortdal

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