MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI

MAURERHALLE

MASONRY HALL, SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN AND GENERAL TRADE, HERMANN BAUR TOGETHER WITH HANS PETER BAUR, FRANZ BREUNING, ARTHUR DÜRIG, BASEL 1956-1961

© Images & Text: Karin Hunter Bürki / HEARTBRUT

  • Vogelsangstrasse 15 Basel
  • Educational
  • Object of Local Significance

Concrete Origami

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.

MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, INTERIOR VIEW, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
MASONRY HALL, MAURERHALLE, EXTERIOR CONCRETE DETAIL, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, INTERIOR CONCRETE FOLD DETAIL, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
Masonry Hall (Maurerhalle) Basel, Hermann Baur, Swiss Brutalism I © Heartbrut / Karin Hunter Bürki
MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, FLIGHT OF STAIRS, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, HANS ARP SCULPTURE, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, UPSTAIRS, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
MAURERHALLE, MASONRY HALL, LOBBY, BRICK WALL, HERMANN BAUR, BASEL 1961 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
  • The original pool (© Baugeschichtliches Archiv Zürich)
Three Loops, Grünau, Ralph Bänziger © Baugeschichtliches Archiv
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