Blaser Architekten AG
New residential building Dornachstrasse
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Basel / Switzerland
After a decision was made to replace the old building with a completely new building, 6 residential units were created on a narrow lot near the railway station in downtown Basel. The building was designed to appeal to commuters, couples and tenants looking to live in a modern house, one that was clearly recognizable as such, in a convenient urban location. Slotted between two solidly built blocks, the detailed glass façade with its colourful sunscreens provides a dramatic contrast to neighbouring façades. Floor-to-ceiling windows help draw in the eclectic street life and quiet gardens, while interior blinds, exterior sunscreens and acoustic insulation help ensure the privacy of residents. Floor plans are designed to create an open feel with wide sweeping views, an open-plan kitchen, flexible room layouts and high ceilings. Natural, durable, healthy materials and colour schemes helped reinforce the loft-like feel. Finished concrete and patinaed metal railings in the stairwell create an authentically rougher atmosphere.