Loggia Baseliana
Pavilion for the Architekturwoche Basel 2022
A project of: Architecturwoche Basel 2022
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Competition year: December 2021 - 1st Prize
Architects: isla (Marta Colón de Carvajal, Juan Palencia)
Supported by: Christof Merian Stiftung

Team isla: María Gutiérrez, Cristina Gutiérrez, Annachiara Trabacchin, Chiara Lieberman, Joan Pau Bujosa
Structure consultant: Mecanismo SL
Circular economy consultant: Cristina Fernández
Material innovation consultant: Buj Studio
Status: Ongoing - Opening 10-May 2022

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Aerial view

Exterior view

For the inaugural edition of the Basel Pavilion, we proposed “LoggiaBaseliana” , an urban passageway and veranda that opens up to the former industrial district of Dreispitz, in the south of Basel, Switzerland. Envisaged as an open, democratic structure that invites passage or permanence, the pavilion simultaneously serves as a shelter, a stage, an exhibition space, and a materialization of circular economic practices, which connects the past, present and future of the Dreispitz area.

The Basel Pavillon is a pioneer in the architectural exploration of climate-friendly, circular construction. All the main components of the “LoggiaBaseliana”–claytiles, wooden planks and panels, steel profiles, trapezoidal sheet metal or cardboardtubes–originate from regional deconstructions, which were recorded in a component catalogue for the competition by the specialist planning office Zirkular.

The linear public space of the pavilion has a direct relationship with the imaginary of the city of Basel on the east bank of the Rhein, where all the inhabitants and social strata of the city intermingle during the spring and summer months. Similarly, the linear pavilion as an urban space relates to the iconic Swiss structure of the Kapelbrücke in Lucerne, which connects both banks of the city across the Reuss River.

Rhein East bank, Basel

Kapelbrücke, Luzern

Plan 1:200

Plan 1:75

The pavilion is composed of porticoed modules, combined into six different units extending over fifty linear meters. Each unit has its own constructive system and material character with a mix of materials and internal solutions, combined with formal clarity and homogeneity under the shape of a vernacular pitched roof.

The six different units

The roof becomes an important element of the structure, generously cut at preset intervals to create openings for natural light, while simultaneously generating an iconic silhouette for the structure. Inside, a continuous 50-metre-long bench follows the curve of the pavilion’s structure and allows a panoramic view of the spaces ahead, and the industrial context of Dreispitz in the background.

Roof composition diagram

Conceived as a contemplative structure, the pavilion invites visitors to sit and watch by hosting events in the spaces around it, acting as an invitation to Basel’s many programmers and cultural agents. Combining both a program of events and inviting spontaneous use, the pavilion creates a framework for conviviality, encouraging nearby residents, students and passersby to stop by and integrate the pavilion into their daily lives. This sort of urban device transcends the concept of a pavilion related to a specific cultural event becoming part of life in the city of Basel.

Interior view

The connections and contemplation determined by the pavilion are a fundamental part of the urban environment, which we can trace back to iconic examples such as Florence’s Vasari Corridor. In Basel, as in any city, these corridors allow us to unveil and contemplate the city in a progressive way. The Loggia Baseliana opens up to the formerly industrial area of Dreispitz, a space that—like the pavilion itself—is a space of potential and possibilities.

Working model 1:20 (Salva Fonollá)

Working model 1:20

The pavilion will open its doors to the public in May 2022, on the occasion of the first ever Basel Architeckturwoche. The pavilion is the winner of the inaugural competition for the Basel Pavilion.

Structure view - Model 1:20 (Salva Fonollá)

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