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April 27 2013

Herzog & de Meuron Architects: Messe Basel New Hall

Just in time for Basel’s important Baselworld fair, the new hall complex of Messe Basel was inaugurated. Designed by the Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, the new hall building changes the character of Basel’s exhibition site considerably. The exhibition square is now clearly delineated towards the city. The key architectural and urban-planning feature of Herzog & de Meuron’s new hall complex is the so-called City Lounge. This is a covered-over public space that is intended to revitalize the exhibition square. Referencing Messe Basel’s iconic “Rundhofhalle” (Hall 2, designed in the 1950s by Swiss architect Hans Hofmann), the City Lounge’s most striking feature is a huge hole that breaks through the new hall 1 and brings light to the space below. As always with Herzog & de Meuron’s designs, the facade is an essential element of the design. This time, it’s a facade of articulated twisting bands (aluminum). The two exhibition floors are also offset from each other, to avoid the “big box” effect.

Herzog & de Meuron Architects: Messe Basel New Hall. April 25, 2013.

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April 19 2010

VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 12

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 12, April 2010. VernissageTV’s PDF Magazine No. 12 looks back at our trip to Palm Beach for the American International Fine Art Fair 2010 with a photo essay by Didier Leroi. We visit James Turell’s Skyspace Piz Uter, Rudolf Stingel’s exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Whitney Biennial 2010, Silberkuppe’s show at Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, Pierre Gonnord at Sala Alcalá 31 in Madrid, and the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron. And we have an interview with Peter Lang, one of the curators of the exhibition Environments and Counter Environments: Experimental Media in “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape”, MoMA at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel.

But this issue may also be called the Art Cologne 2010 Edition: With floor plans, practical information for visiting the fair, a calender of events and an artist list, and – essential! – the definitive Cologne Currywurst-guide by Chris Faber, you are well prepared for the 44th edition of the world’s first art fair in Cologne, Germany!

As in the last year, we cover the fair with No Comment videos, interviews and documentations of talks and discussions. We will also show a video art program. The participating artists are G.H. Hovagimyan (Subway 1•2•3), Christina McPhee (Tesserae of Venus), Maria Joao Salema (Girls and Boys Fight), Raphaele Shirley: SoapBox Opera), Heinz Sandoza, Gao Bizi, Lars from Trier (Ultra Art Fair), and Lee Wells (Manhattan Bridge in Red Green and Blue). We will also show new pieces of our Videophile series.

The VernissageTV Team has its studio in the Open Space section of the fair in Hall 11.3. We look forward to seeing you in Cologne!

PS: As the regular readers of our magazine will know: There are some bonus videos waiting for you!

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February 21 2010

VitraHaus by Herzog & De Meuron

The VitraHaus is the newest addition to the architecture park that the furniture company Vitra has realized during the last decades on their company site. The premises now features architecture by Nicholas Grimshaw (who realized the first building after a blaze that destroyed the old building and conceived the master plan for the site), Zaha Hadid (Fire Station), Antonio Citterio, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, SANAA, Jasper Morrison, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Jean Prouvé, and Frank Gehry (Vitra Design Museum).

One of the challenges the architects faced was to realize a building that didn’t dominate the existing architecture, especially Gehry’s Vitra Design Museum. The new building is no monolithic block. Instead, it looks like ordinary residential houses with saddle roof that have been stacked on top of each other randomly. For Herzog & de Meuron the very simple house form was an obvious choice, given the fact that Vitra is a furniture company. But the fact that the “houses” are crashed into each other, creates unexpected, intersecting spaces.

This video was shot during the press preview and shows the exterior as well as the interior of the new VitraHaus and an excerpt of Jacques Herzog discussing the VitraHaus concept.

VitraHaus, Press Preview. Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein / Germany, February 12, 2010.

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