The former silo in the Erlenmatt Quarter in Basel looks at visitors with large, round, friendly eyes, making it clear that coffee and cocoa are no longer stored here but instead this is a place where people come together. In the interior Harry Gugger Studio has created out of the silo’s cellular concrete structure unique spaces, reminiscent of Piranesi’s Carceri. The dramatic presentation of space is unmatched — and was only possible in the first place due to the daunting restrictions of the existing building, even though it never presented them as such.
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