Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein

Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein

  • © Stefano Graziani, Walter Mair / Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein
  • © Stefano Graziani, Walter Mair / Kunstmuseum Basel / Christ & Gantenbein

Description

The façade brick walls were designed to be self-supporting and monolithic, and thanks to a sophisticated anchoring system (with elastic corners to absorb any deformations to which the building might be subjected) the usual dilatation joints could be dispensed with. This in turn allowed the walls to be staged as real walls rather than cladding. Danish manufacturer Petersen Tegl specifically developed for Christ & Gantenbein the color and proportions of the brick used in the buildings. The water-struck bricks are made of loam sand, silt and clay – the varying concentrations and colors of these elements combined with the temperature reached by the furnace during burning confers their unique hue to the bricks.

Interiors

Drawings