Real Architecture: Peter Märkli, Märkli Architekt presents Novartis Visitor Centre, Basel

22 November 2007

  • Peter Märkli and Adam Caruso in conversation. Courtesy Jack Goffe.
  • Novartis Visitor Centre, courtesy Märkli Architekt
  • Peter Märkli. Courtesy Jack Goffe.

Peter Märkli's unconventional approach, unique technical scholarship and self-evident creativity have brought him widespread respect within European architecture. For this talk he critically discussed his design response to the recent redevelopment of a pharmaceutical industrial site in central Basel. The building comprises a strictly geometrical external structure, supported by artist Jenny Holzer's LED façade, and an opulent interior with banisters by Alex Herter and typography by Bringolf Irion Vögeli.

Investigating his ideas and methods of realisation as chair was be fellow architect, Adam Caruso of Caruso St John.