Buildings to see in Basel

I stumbled across a list of places to see in Basel (link now broken) and decided to venture out and have a look at some of the listed architecture.

Freidorf Residential Estate (1920) by Hannes Meyer in Muttenz near Basel

Antoniuskirche (1927), near Kannenfeldplatz, Basel by Karl Moser

I really like this church building. It feels very modern. The stained glass windows are exceptional. Highly recommended. More background info is available at Wikipedia.

Kraftwerk Birsfelden / Power Station (1955) by Hans Hoffmann in Birsfelden near Basel

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St. Alban-Tal Housing (1984–88) by Diener & Diener at St. Alban-Rheinweg 94 in Basel

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Schaulager (2003) by Herzog and de Meuron in Münchenstein near Basel

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Breite Zentrum (2004), Zürcherstr. 149, 4052 Basel
The Breite Hotel was designed by Larghi and Stula. More details on the design can be found on the hotel’s website. The hotel manager was very friendly and would have shown me a room. Unfortunately all rooms were taken due to the watch and jewellery trade fair.

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Residential Housing in a former factory (2005) by Buol and Zünd at Oetlingerstrasse 69 in Basel
This building proved difficult to find as the former factory is located behind an apartment building in Klein-Basel in an inner courtyard. But it is an instant fave. I would love to live in a building like this. Well worth the search time…

Apartment House in Riehen (2009) by Pedrocchi Meier Architekten at Hinterwenkenweg 3 in Riehen near Basel
I am not such a fan of all the corners but it does look very spacious and the location is great:

School cafeteria by HHF

Gymnasium Kirschgarten
Hermann Kinkelin-Strasse 10
4051 Basel

Further details:
The city of Basel publishes an architectural guide
Update: new building to see in Allschwil: the corporate headquarters of Actelion by Herzog and de Meuron:

actelion designed by herzog and de meuron

Update no. 2:
Another building to see is Ackermannshof:

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HdM

Basel is Herzog and de Meuron City.

Central signal box
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Südpark

Messe Basel
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Herzog and de Meuron archive and apartment building, Dreispitz

HdM archive and apartment building in Basel-Dreispitz

Another HdM construction in Basel-Stadt is the natural water swimming pool in Riehen. I really like the pool and it reminds me of old wooden lidos.

the view from the deck

New in 2016:
Kunstmuseum by Gantenbein and Christ.

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And at night:
Looks like there are LED lights in the walls. The museum is scheduled to open in April 2016.

new building in basel

Back to Running

Today was my first run with the running club since mid-December. And mid-way I felt kind of unfit. That’s the downside of jogging. You really notice the slacking.

Due to a cold during the Christmas break and my South Florida holiday I didn’t run as much as I’d planned initially.

Add lots of Swiss chocolate for Christmas and one week of American Breakfast.

Though I did manage to get up early a couple of times and run along the beach.

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Given these distressing facts, today’s run was ok. The weather was perfect: about 7 degrees plus. We ran for exactly 1 hr (St. Alban – Birsfelden – Jowa – periphery of Muttenz and back). And if I include my regular bike trips, I did about 2 hrs of sports.

The lights of the Joggeli Stadium (built by Herzog & de Meuron) were on. I wondered out loud if the red and blue lighting means that there’s a game. BTW, there’s a film on the Beijing stadium coming soon.

The Band's visit poster

Yesterday I saw The Band’s Visit about an Egyptian music band that gets stranded in an Israeli village in the middle of nowhere. And being the googling kind, I found this NYT article about some kind of controversy regarding Oscar nominations. The film is funny, likeable, and manages to convey a realistic feeling of awkwardness when people from different backgrounds meet for the first time.

Favorite quote:

“A: No Arab culture center?
B: No culture, not Israeli culture, not Arab… no culture at all”