This square-based building, with its massive appearance and presence, aptly underscores the significant value of the archives as a spiritual repository of Lucerne’s collective memory, and highlights its important role as a location where the public can access this data. The building’s typology and structure are defined by concrete rings, which encompass the volume, level by level, both in the interior and on the exterior. Strata and storing is a theme reiterated in the materiality and surface of the fair faced concrete, as the formwork boards increase in height as they approach roof level.

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City Archives, Lucerne, Switzerland
Open project competition 2011, 4th prize