Halle Housing

Basel, Switzerland
Today, the mono-functional exhibition hall is nearing its endgame, and in Basel the Messe complex is increasingly under pressure to transform into housing whilst still providing a much needed urban relief for large gatherings. The project aims, through a checkerboard layout of housing blocks, to allow these two agendas to operate simultaneously. Its structure, elevated from the street, distributes open space, amenities, and activates a connection from below to above and vice versa. Urbanistically, as an extension of the Messe complex, the project seeks to mediate its scale between the thick exhibition hall and porous residential block.