Liestal Office Building, Christ & Gantenbein, Liestal Retail Building

Liestal Retail and Office Building, Swiss Architecture, BLKB, Photos

Liestal Office Building : Zurich Architecture

Building in Switzerland – design by Christ & Gantenbein

29 Mar 2012

Liestal Retail and Office Building

Liestal, Switzerland
2011
Design: Christ & Gantenbein

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A new impressive retail and office building has been created at the Liestal Station Square. The striking six-storey building occupies the triangular site between the station and the head office of Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank (BLKB). The constrictions of the site meant that the building’s footprint had to be smaller than its upper storeys, resulting in a downward tapering shape, and the dark anthracite-coloured concrete conveys a sense of robustness and stability at this dynamic location.

The main entrance into the central hall and to the shopping area features an imposing shop window front facing the station square. The entrance leads to the shops on the ground floor and to the upper storeys. The receding façade at ground floor level creates a generous protected area in front of the shop windows for passers-by as well as for those waiting for buses, thus achieving a marked improvement in the quality of this public space.

The access for deliveries and to the storage facilities and technical services area has been separated and approaches from the lower Soodweg on the eastern side of the building. The two car parking floors underground are accessed via the BLKB’s car park building. The basic motif of the façade design results from the 2.65 m wide grid used for the office design. The building façade is evenly divided into façade elements in dark fair-faced concrete, with the width of each element being that of the office grid. The grid pattern was chosen to allow the floor space to be used for different sized units, i.e. for individual, combined and open plan offices. The floor spaces are arranged around a central services core and, with a depth of 7 to 10 m, provide the flexibility to accommodate a range of functions.

The building is the first important component of the development plan for the new station quarter in Liestal.

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Liestal Office Building – Building Information

Project Title: Office Building, Liestal
Client: Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank, Liestal
Architect: Christ & Gantenbein, Basel
Site area: 1,675m2
Gross Floor area: 9,659m2
Location: Bahnhofplatz 1, Liestal, Switzerland
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2011
Project start date: 2004
Construction/site management: Sulzer + Buzzi Baumanagement AG, Olten
Structural framework: Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure, Basel
Heating: Scholer + Blatter AG, Liestal
Ventilation: Bechtel Ingenieure, Liestal
Sanitary planning: Sanplan, Liestal
Electrical planning: Procoba, Reinach
Building physics: Ehrsam & Partner AG, Basel
Transport planning/civil engineering: Sutter Ingenieur- und Planungsbüro, Liestal
Acoustics: Martin Lienhard, Langenbruck

Photos: Roman Keller, Zurich

Liestal Office Building images / information from Christ & Gantenbein

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