Gallerist Bruno Bischofberger is a huge name in the art world, famous for his collections of Andy Warhol and for being the first to show Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg in Europe.
These former factory sheds have been manipulated and transformed beyond recognition, each into an architectural marvel. Three facades are covered in concrete, stretching the bounds of what you might previously have seen concrete do, having been twisted and poured into shapes and movements that defy the material’s malleability.
While the other three are clad in aluminium or steel and have been laser cut, bent, punched and tessellated into three dimensions. The Designhalle, the space that will house decorative art collections, shines bright. Sheathed in a desirably shiny coat of stainless steel strips that have been laser-cut and folded outwards by a purpose-built precision machine – this is architecture that stuns.
In the Swiss winter sun the architects call it the ‘hairy building’, while in the brilliance of summer Baier thinks it shines like a sequin dress. The creations here posit architectural brilliance and we cannot wait for the Designhalle and its fellows to be finished and filled with Baier’s treasures.
Should you be staying in Zurich, the only suitable place that could compare is our beloved Widder Hotel. Filled with Medieival antiques alongside Andy Warhol originals, Widder and Baier are a match made in design heaven.