These Swiss School's Design Features Slender Wooden Battens

 - Jul 29, 2014
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Switzerland-based architectural firms Zwimpfer Partner Architekten and BBK Architekten partnered to create an interesting architectural extension to a Swiss school located in the village of Biel-Benken, near the city of Basel. The new architectural add-ons supplement the original buildings that were constructed 50 years ago.

The new sections of this Swiss school building feature concrete cores wrapped entirely in battens of wood with different depths, creating an interesting pattern across the building facades when viewed from different angles. In the architects' own words, "a rhythmic sequence of larch wood panels leads the eye along the exterior walls."

The wooden layer covers high windows that open on the west-facing wall of the gym, to ensure that the building isn't scorched in too much direct sunlight.