TITLE

Die Marx Brothers gehen baden

AUTHOR(S)
Schindler, Anna
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
werk, bauen + wohnen;Jan2009, Issue 1/2, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
After a design phase lasting four years the preconditions for sustainable urban development have finally been created on the Brünnen site in the west of Bern: the Westside shopping and leisure centre by Daniel Libeskind opened its doors in October. This prestige building under the patronage of the Migros Aare Cooperative presents itself as a distinct artificial world in which shopping goes hand-in-hand with cultural events and leisure activities. The originally planned close connection to the surrounding landscape and to nature on the urban periphery remains a visual one: nature and art do not interlock but merely touch against each other at the boundaries between the indoor paradise and the circulation areas. The only natural element that penetrates inside the building is water: it determines the character of the artificial world of the leisure baths and thus of the entire complex. In Westside it is not the meshing of natural and artificial elements that impresses but the spectacular way with which daylight is introduced into the building at the two main circulation poles, the "crystals". Polygonal, fractured light wells form these core zones of the mall and the baths and allow diagonal visual relationships between the various functional areas on three different levels. It is here that the radical dynamism of the original design, with which Libeskind first delighted people in Bern, has survived. They make Westside into an expressive stage very different to the standard mall. To what extent it will be able to exert an effect on the surroundings outside the simple shell will be revealed by the way the centre is run in the years to come.
ACCESSION #
39763975

 

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