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“Modern architecture within medieval heart of Basel”

Museum of Ethnology (Museum der Kulturen Basel)
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US$ 21.24*
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Stories of Basel's Old Town
Ranked #42 of 160 things to do in Basel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Houses one of Europe's largest collections on European and non-European cultural life.
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Museum der Kulturen needed an addition and selected Herzog & de Meuron to design it. Instead of extending the building into a historical courtyard (just of the Münsterplatz), the architects decided to build up and added an extravagant roof clad in dark green ceramic tiles (concave, convex and flat). The front facade features a green curtain of plants. This museum is accessed through a courtyard, its idiosyncratic architecture provides quite a surprise. The roof, however, fits perfectly within Basel's medieval roofscape.

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