Daily Diigo Public Link 02/26/2008

by Yule Heibel on February 25, 2008

» Entwurf für das Stadtcasino in Basel – Zaha Hadid Architects – architekturvideo.de – Das Video-Blog für Architektur, Stadtplanung und Immobilien

tags: architecture, architekturvideo.de, basel, casino, video, zaha_hadid

This is a really useful video from Zaha Hadid Architects, which models the effect and appearance of a new casino & concert hall in the middle of Basel’s old town centre. In particular, I love how it shows the pedestrian and motorized traffic flows, and how the new building will work with these. Also of interest is the integration of new architecture into old urban fabric. And finally, I like what Hadid has done with opening the ground level up for pedestrian through-fare. That last aspect in particular can be very tricky, sometimes leading to ugly, sterile plazas, but here the architecture seems to give the right sort of enclosures and parameters to make the space attractive, so that it will continue to be used rather than avoided.

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