Refurbishment of the former Armory in Basel, 2014 - 17
The former Armory in Basel is part of the southern infrastructural premises of the city and therefore close to a
vast railway container terminal. The Area of the Armory consists of a heritage protected main building and
multiple mechanical workshops on the site which are still used by the city. Parts of these premises had to be
refurbished and a new garage had to be built.
We followed different strategies. For the main building we restored the open spaces which were once typical
for armory buildings. To re-expose the original beams and girders, we removed most of the cardboard rooms
which were since built in and replaced these by wooden boxes to contain meeting and infrastructural uses in
the open space office rooms.
The new garage is placed at the southern edge of the compound. Here a much used access road enters the
city and the site becomes visible to the Public. The new garage is conceived as a raw concrete box and
fortified with iron-oxyd. Given that, the concrete relates to the yellowish color which is typical for the sandstone
color of the nearby armory building. The large gates of the new garage are colored in dark brown which gives
the building further relation to the nearby railway terminal within its rough urban environment.
The new garage is conceived as a raw concrete box and fortified with iron-oxyd so that the box relates to the yellowish sandstone of the original Armory nearby.
To re-expose the original beams and girders of the Armory, wooden boxes for meeting and infrastructural uses are set into the now open space offices.
The wooden boxes inside the main building contain infrastructural and meeting facilities.
The gates of the garage are colored dark brown and relate to the nearby railway terminal within its rough urban environment.