Luca Selva Architekten
Conversion of a printing plant into loft apartments
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renovation and addition
An existing print shop building in the centre of
Basel, which is divided into a production hall and an office wing, is being
converted into residential use. The character of the existing building from the
1960s, determined by its industrial use, becomes a supporting design theme and
remains perceptible even with the new use. The clarity of the supporting
structure, mushroom head columns, ribbed ceilings and special features such as
the steel construction of the shed roof are supplemented with a few new
elements and materials, accommodating nine loft flats into the existing volume.
The wonderful shed hall with a ceiling height of up to seven metres and the
office floors with room heights of up to 3,5 metres formed the starting point
for simple spatial configurations that transfer the flow and generosity of the
spaces into the new use. The flats divide the shed hall lengthwise and allow
its entire depth to be perceived. This results in flats with a depth of almost
40 metres, divided by the shed ceiling and atriums. The existing materials are
supplemented; the floor is finished with floorboards made of rough sawn oak,
which underlines the unpretentious character of the former functional building.
The existing façade will be repaired and the fine profiling can be retained
thanks to the introduction of a cold loggia to carry the
spirit of the 1960s into a new era.