Main Signal Box in Basel, Switzerland

One of modern architecture's most iconographic is the Pritzker prize winning Central Signal Box for the railroad in Basel, Switzerland. The monolithic, gestural twisting box is completely clad with copper strips that twist to admit daylight at the right locations. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's simple solution to the utilitarian object has a stunning artistic effect, a true evolution in structure. The copper changes drastically in the light and also matches the atmosphere of the place. It was completed in 1999 and still serves as Herzog de Meuron's diving board into bigger projects.

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