BIG to Transform Swiss Transitlager Warehouse Into a Hip Urban Development

by , 10/26/11

Transitlager, BIG, mixed use development, green renovation, basel, switzerland, green building

BIG was one of several invited firms to propose concepts for the transformation of the warehouse and their winning proposal goes beyond merely renovating the old structure. BIG’s Transitlager scheme modifies the existing warehouse for commercial space and the surrounding public areas and then tops it all off with a three level residential programmatic area to create a mixed-use hybrid of activity. The zig-zag rooftop volume is designed to increase views and daylighting into the residential spaces and provide private courtyard space large enough for a yard.

“We propose a transformation of the Transitlager that builds on the industrial logic of the existing building and of the surrounding area. The extension doubles the size of the Transitlager and becomes an opposite twin – based on the same structure, but with a different geometry. The combined building becomes a spectrum of optimal conditions: From open and flexible plans to tailor made units, public programs to private residences, vibrant urban space to peaceful green gardens and from cool industrial to warm and refined, ” explains Andreas Klok Pedersen, BIG Partner.

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