What happens when Bauhaus idealism, béton brut aesthetics, abstract art and Swiss engineering join forces to build 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 architect himself described the hall as ‘poetically utilitarian’.
The modernist béton brut hall is part of a cluster of four school buildings assembled around a courtyard, complete with Hans Arp sculpture. The fassade was carefully renovated from 2006-2010. Today Maurerhalle serves as a lecture hall and multi-purpose studio facility. From their accurately lined-up desks, 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.