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Redesign of the Lobby in the Kantonsspital (Canton Hospital) Liestal, 2002
The canton hospital Liestal was inaugurated in 1962 and experienced several additions and modifications in its 40 year history. These changes have left traces of different time related styles –from the sixties, seventies and finally the nineties. Objective of the redesign of the lobby was, to diffidently remind of the time of origin of the hospital without ignoring the later stylistic overlaps. Besides the newly designed reception desk in the middle of the room where the visitors and patients are welcomed individually, the colorfully illuminated rear wall constitutes the only irritation in this restraint. The change of colors is effected in such slow cross-fadings that the difference between the hues cannot be discerned at first glance. The motives of cherry blossoms on Nicole Heri’s paintings are likewise unobtrusively playing with in and out of focus phenomena depending on the viewing distance. Both changes...