Workyard below an elevated Expressway, 2010 - 13
The new workyard for the Public Services of Basel consist of 6’000 sqm and was built below an elevated
expressway. The premise obtains vast mechanical workshops, administration offices and storage depots for the
road signaling systems of the city.
Due to the location below of one of the most used expressways in Switzerland, the design of the premises were technically demanding. Beneath using elaborate construction methods, the elevation of the building is clad
with aluminum boards which typically are used for public road signs and here form a sign for the premise itself.
The irregular pattern of the boards is a reaction to the surroundings and shelters the windows of the new
The prizewinning building was lauded in 2013 by the City of Basel as successfully upgrading a formerly bleak
and dreary spot of the city.
The administration building with its aluminium clad elevation. The passway on the right leeds to the mechanical workshops and storage depots.
Analogies and working modells from the planning process.
The administration building in its urban context.
One of the many workshops in the building under construction.
Inside the administration building.