Mathias Kruse

A FIELD OF PERSUASIVE GESTURES, SWISS AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS

STUDIO 2A BUILDING
DESIGN AND TECHNIQUES

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An archive, platform and museum in Basel, Switzerland.
This thesis derives from a personal interest in the relationship between archives, preservation and institutional buildings, as well as its ethical and pragmatic potentials for contemporary culture and architecture. Particularly, the thesis proposes an addition to Port Francs, a confidential building in Geneva, Switzerland, that stores art and other valuables of an estimated value of €100 billion euros. The addition will be situated in Basel, a city with a strong art scene.
It is not a secret that Switzerland is a host to many confidential buildings. Switzerlands known political neutrality has long offered a field of persuasive gestures that denote stability and security to the many wealthy speculators willing to store values in Swiss lands.

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