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I have realised how good the Sanaa Rolex is as a precedent. The Spaces under the curving slab have reasonable lighting and it doesn’t require the whole slab to be transparent horizontally. Lifted to 25 meters and given the right distribution of the light well, there should be enough light reaching the ground. Distributing the light wells is something that is down to the site and accommodating programme underneath the slab. So I’ve been looking at options for the site around Basel. Criteria are: – available data that would be able to feed into environmental TS – preferably a slope to give variety to the slab topography – active public programme underneath. I’ve moved away from the historic centre towards a new development area called Dreispitz, where the public programme could be something I design.

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The historical centre context looks like this:

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It’s perfect architecturally for the slab – great city location and orientation – and in terms of the topography, sloping towards Art Basel expo centre, but the street level condition I don’t think would show the division between private and public as vividly as the idea of the slab proposes. Dreispitz (below) is developing an art university, residential, etc…

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My longer term plan is to maybe by the end of term to run through the slab as a proper architectural proposal and then use it to re-conceptualise the relationships between public and private it shows are feasible.

There’s a project from last year from AA of a floating slab thats a good reference, I’m looking at the TS proposal for it on Thursday. Careful site choice would mean no need for all glass slab, so a less radical environmental appraisal, hopefully. I could only see Federico on March 4, so that’s for the best.

 

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