Today's archidose #833

A classic: Here are some photos of the Ricola Storage Building (1987) in Laufen, Switzerland, by Herzog & de Meuron, photographed by Trevor Patt.







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  1. Would love more insight into how these arches work in terms of functionality and purpose-- great for architectural style, but surely they exist for more than just that?

    1. Brian - It's a double-layer box, with the inner layer sealed against the elements, so the outside is purely serving as a first layer of defense and as a means of expression (in regards to the latter, read the architects statement via the first link). At one time I thought the facade was open to allow air to move through the building, drying the Ricola stored inside, but that's not the case.


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