Hugo Boss Building by Matteo Thun
I’m not sure why I’ve never noticed Matteo Thun before. He is an extremely talented designer with a multivalent design studio. His office are as adept at designing a chair as they are a building. And their recent building is a hit with me. Mr. Thun and company has created a three story office building for fashion designer Hugo Boss in Coldrerio Switzerland.
The building is a modernist box that is wrapped with terraces and adorned with an extremely attractive wooden laticework which makes it look as if it were a wicker basket. The design,as told by the architect, pays homage to the fabric of Hugo Boss’ designs by abstracting the fabric on the exterior in wood. I don’t buy it, but I also don’t think they need to explain themselves for such a beautiful form they’ve created.
The interior of the box, I find, is equally wonderful. The building’s three levels are in an open plan top to bottom, and the plan rings a central atrium allowing light to surround all the spaces of the interior.
The porch, the materials of the building, and the proportions of the building sort of bring back memories of an Eero Saarinen project from 50 years ago that he did for John Deere and Company. Both buildings were trying to incorporate cost cutting modularity while simultaneously dressing up the facades with the softness of a porch. As Well, both buildings sit ona Corbusian pilotis, however the Hugo Boss building’s form makes the pilotis much more pronounced as if it were floating whereas the Saarinen building dominates the ground. Overall, the building shines as strong piece of modern architecture, and I wish I could work in such a light, airy environment.