The Schaulager is closed this summer for construction. Nothing too crazy: the building was opened with a unfinished floor knowing that one day it would be converted to storage… and now that is happening. But while the Schaulager is closed, a so-called Schaulager satellite has opened.
The satellite space was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architects of the original museum. So it’s not surprising that the satellite has many of the same details that the original has, but it also has traces of other H&dM projects: The extruded house shapes from Vitra and an triangular plan that reminds me of their purple pavilion in Barcelona. The overall effect is much less complicated than the firm’s recently opened Serpentine Pavilion, which likely has distracted attention away from the Schaulager satellite. The project seems a wee bit like arch-incest, but like most products of inbreeding it had a reduced life span; in this case only two weeks.