Stereo Architektur Builds Wooden “house Within A House” Inside Basel Factory

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Swiss architecture studio Stereo Architektur has finished its initial undertaking: a wooden framework that transforms a former Basel machine factory into a shared functioning area .

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

The structure inhabits the principal assembly hall of the former Burckhardt factory in the Swiss city, a 1930s building that was originally used for making perforation machines. The hall had most lately been utilised as an occasions area.

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

The building’s new tenant is Launch Labs, which provides startups with co-working spaces. The company needed to flip the area into an adaptable atmosphere providing workstations as nicely as places for cultural routines, rest and workshops.


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The space also needed to preserve the capability to host large events from time to time.

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

Described by the studio as “a home inside a house”, the installation was constructed from laminated veneer lumber, with the supporting beam framework left exposed.

Supported by thin columns and accessed by a flight of stairs at the front, the 1st floor includes two differently sized meeting spaces and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the factory. The two rooms consist of in depth developed-in storage shelves.

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

The second floor provides an astroturfed terrace underneath the roof, doubling up as a even more meeting room or region for relaxation, and the ground floor of the framework was left open plan.

The majority of the room occupies the complete height of the creating.

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

Due to constrained access – the major entrance to the creating is a single door – the new addition was developed as a set of pieces that were then assembled within.

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

“Considering that the set up is conceived for an indoor space, the project was liberated from surroundings demands and constraints,” Stereo Architektur said in a statement. “Particulars were invented, mechanisms kept simple and components raw.”

“As a result the residence inside the house will get a sturdy character, on the a single hand adapting to the charms of the current, on the other hand emancipating itself by means of its materialisation,” it added, “an element capable of incorporating to the identity of the spot.”

Burckhardt machine factory renovation by Stereo Architektur

Disused warehouses and factory buildings offer you large expanses of floor region for companies to customise into offices. Other examples include a former corset factory in Gothenburg converted into an open-prepare workspace, and a 19th-century factory in Ghent turned into the regional headquarters for a care home.

Photography is by Lukas Schaffhuser.

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