Messe Basel New Hall
"To provide indoor connection to all exhibition halls, the new building bridges over the Messeplatz and creates a covered public space. This key architectural and urban planning element defines the south end of the Messeplatz and is illuminated from above by a generous circular opening. The City Lounge aims to turn the inward-looking architecture of the round courtyard towards the outside and to make it accessible all year round. The two upper exhibition levels are offset from each other as separate volumes allowing them to respond and shift to specific urban conditions. From each point of view, the New Hall offers a different perception and thus avoids the repetitive monotony typical of exhibition halls. This constant architectural variation is reinforced by applying a homogeneous material (aluminum) over all exterior surfaces."
- Herzog & de Meuron