One of the qualities of the residential and industrial area of St. Johann in Basel is the close coexistence of old and new buildings.

Lichtstrasse / hhf architects

This coexistence is kept and emphasized in this project, only one of the four existing houses of the corner parcel, Lichtstrasse 9, has been built anew; while others, Lichtstrasse 11 and Kraftstrasse 1, have been renovated and benefit from the newly built infrastructure.

Lichtstrasse / hhf architects
Lichtstrasse / hhf architects

A new staircase and an elevator have been introduced in the courtyard to create a direct access to the old houses and the old staircases were demolished in order to gain floor area. The new measures raise the desirability of the old houses and the ability to keep and lease the existing houses in the future.

Lichtstrasse / hhf architects

Lichtstrasse / hhf architects

Lichtstrasse / hhf architects

In the interior the new building is connected to one of the existing ones to allow spacious apartments orientated to all four sides.

Project Details:

Location: Basel, Switzerland
Type: Residential
Program: Restaurant, 9 Apartments
Gross Floor Area: 3,059 m2
Architects: HHF Architects
Team: Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler
with Cella Hubel, Nicole Baron, Philippe Guillod, Walter Gloor, Yujin Hirase, Lisa Lo, Daichi Takano, Jens Van Zele, Christian Weyell
Photos: Tom Bisig, Maris Mezulis, HHF
Awards: New Building 2013, Heimatschutz Basel – Auszeichnung guter Bauten 2013

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