What happens when Bauhaus idealism, Brutalist aesthetics, abstract art and Swiss engineering join forces for the creation of a workshop space for masonry apprentices in postwar Basel? Arguably one of the world’s most elegant concrete origami. If beauty is reduction Baur serves it to you straight here. Concrete folds, glass, air – an architectural purist’s delight. The modernist monument is part of a cluster of four school buildings assemled around a courtyard, complete with Hans Arp sculpture. Today it serves as a lecture hall and studio space. Lined up in accurate grids, students can take in the play of light on the concrete expanse or ponder about the whistling noise hot concrete makes when you spill a cold drink on it. Baur himself described the hall as ‘poetically utilitarian’.
SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN AND GENERAL TRADE, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961
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