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Guignard & Saner Architekten AG  Highway Chapel, Uri, Switzerland, 1998

Auguste Perret

 La Maison-Atelier de Georges Braque, Paris, France, 1927

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Construction is the architect’s mother tongue. The architect is a poet who thinks and speaks in terms of construction.
by Auguste Perret (via redhousecanada)

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Erik Gunnar Asplund
Karl-Johan School, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1924
The sculptural pediment of a gable roof adorns the main building whilst the secondary volume is articulated with an ‘ordinary’ hipped roof.  
Diener and Diener
Training and Conference Centre, Basel, Switzerland, 1994
The building faces inwards, its hard un-punctured brick facades face the city, creating a quality of stillness in this busy part of Basel.  The plan encloses several courtyards each of which takes on a different character.
photograph taken March 2014
De Architekten Cie
Residential Complex Botania, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002

Stephen Bates (of Sergison Bates Architects) talks about education, research and practice in architecture.

Helmut Hentrich 
House Hentrich, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1974 
Diener & Diener
Markthalle Tower, Basel, 2012
This high rise apartment block in central Basel seems to be exploring the same themes as Diener & Diener’s Antwerp towers.
The facades of both projects subtly change appearance depending on the light conditions, in this case though the material behind is dark steel, creating a subdued and sometimes matt finish. This can be seen as a more serious urban expression, reflecting the Markthalle’s position beside the busy infrastructure of central Basel.  In the same vein, both projects utilise a variety of window types to create a dynamic but neutral facade composition, in this case though the vertical consistency creates a more serious relationship to the city than that of the playful fenestration of the harbour side towers.  
photographs taken March 2014

Max Bill

College of Design, Ulm, Germany, 1955.

Scans of the only known original color photographs taken by Hans G Conrad (via Rene Spitz). 

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Adolf Loos
Villa Moissi, Vienna, Austria, 1923
Louis Kahn
Korman residence, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA, 1971
IMG_1085.JPG by Kaveri & Sameer on Flickr.

Venturi Scott Brown

Fire Station number 4, Columbus, Indiana, USA, 1968

The need for a fire-house tower is exploited to give the facade a symmetrical civic presence. This is further enhanced by a parapet wall that belies the difference in height between the two functionally different halves of the plan and the white glazed brick which interacts with the ‘ordinariness’ of the red brick that wraps round the side facades. An example of an ordinary building rich with architectural ideas.  

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"This level of generalisation can render the building unobtrusive, simply background for everyday events. At the same time, it impacts on its visibility as an architectural statement. The withdrawal into neutral expression therefore requires compensation: firstly, through the introduction of subtle yet definite authorial gestures, like the precise composition and proportioning of elevations; and secondly, through the creation of meaningful relations between buildings"

An extract from Martin Steinmann’s comments on Diener & Diener’s work.


by Irina Davidovici, “Forms of Practice, German - Swiss Architecture 1980 - 2000, Zurich, Switzerland: GTA Verlag, 2012, 139 - 139. (via f-f-ref)

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Musician’s house, Zurich, Switzerland, 1998

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