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Hermann Baur Objectivity in Concrete: Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 80

  • Publisher: Niggli Verlag

  • Date Published: Mar 2012

  • Stock Code: 77325

  • ISBN: 9783721207842

  • Binding: Paperback

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Hermann Baur (1894 - 1980) was one of the most significant architects of the Swiss pre- and post-war Modern movement. In his work the buildings of the vocational school and the school for design in Basel represent the importance of public buildings. In addition they bear witness to an objectivity in concrete and the integration of art and architecture. Hermann Baur was born on August 25, 1894 in Basel and died on December 20, 1980 in Binningen. Baur studied architecture with Rudolf Linder from 1910 to 1917. From 1918 to 1919 he was a guest student of Karl Moser and Hans Bernoulli at the ETH in Zurich. From 1921 to 1927 he was active in the reconstruction area in Alsace, afterwards founding his own architecture firm in Basel. In 1934 he moved along with his family into a home of his own design heavily influenced by the Neues Bauen in the Bruderholz district, living there until his death.

Baur left his mark on the Basel cityscape with large public and settlement buildings. His work is rooted in the epoch of the avantgarde and reflects the changes in the architecture of the 20th century; without losing the connection to his predecessors, he succeeded in developing his own style. The occasion for this publication was the completion of the renovation work on this impressive building ensemble, which both enabled and provoked a new view of this Swiss architectural classic. With essays by Gabriele Detterer, Rebekka Brandenberger, Michael Leuenberger, Gabriela Burkhalter, Simon Baur and Helmut Federle.

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