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Cafeteria Kirschgarten : Basel Architecture

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5 Feb 2009

Cafeteria Kirschgarten Basel

Date built: 2008
Design: HHF architects

Cafeteria Kirschgarten Basel

Cafeteria Kirschgarten Restaurant Switzerland Restaurant Basel
Images: Tom Bisig, Basel

Swiss Restaurant Design

The project is an integration of a cafeteria into a existing open lobby of a important school building located in the city center of Basel. Ribbons made of wood are put above the existing floor, wall and ceiling. In between the being concrete structure these ribbons reach out to the courtyard, creating a sunscreen and a terrace where people can sit and eat. This gesture links the interior space to the outside and enables a direct access from that courtyard.

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Images: Tom Bisig, Basel

On the interior the wood facing traces the existing concrete structure. A glass facade which does almost not appear to the outside works as thermal barrier. With that the outer appearance of the building with its slim columns could be kept as before.

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Images: Andri Pol

Being a landmarked building, designed by the famous swiss architect Hans Bernoulli, every intervention had to be reversible. The project reacts to that requirement, the construction of the interior wood facing has only very few connections to the existing structure.

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Images: Tom Bisig, Basel – the one on the right shows the building prior to worksl

The colour concept with its different shades of grey was done in collaboration with the swiss artist Gido Wiederkehr.

Cafeteria Kirschgarten Basel – Building Information

Project: HHF architects
Artistic Adviser: Gido Wiederkehr
Location: Basel, Schweiz
Programme: cafeteria
Material: wood
Construction: 2006-08
Client: City of Basel

Cafeteria Kirschgarten Basel
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