Herzog & de Meuron. The Complete Works Volume 2: 1989-1991
Birkhäuser, Basel, 2005 (second ed.)
Their approach to the building envelope, for all of its sobriety, evidences a richness not normally associated with the leading proponents of the new Swiss architecture. Lessons from early experimentation with imprinted glass and concrete have been adapted for many of their new buildings. Building envelopes, such as for the Cultural Center in Blois, are conceived as information skins. At the same time, a fastidious examination of the site leads to a critical dialogue with the city. The urban analyses emerging from the large-scale study, “Basel, a City in the Making,” but also the work on the master plans for the university campus at Dijon and the town sector of Sils Cuncas in the upper Engadine form a focal point in the volume.