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Interview with Lür Meyer-Bassin

Question: When you built the school sports center in Dresden, you continually made use of the color green. Were you trying to create a direct association to the earlier pastoral landscape at this location?

Answer: Of course, the location of the school sports center in the pastoral landscape was a key aspect in our concept development and also influenced the color scheme. The decision to go with a combination of silvery metallic and dark colors, the colors of the materials and the exciting, fresh green tones for the interior rooms had just as much to do with school and sports as with the surrounding open spaces.

Question: Why did you decide to bring color into the rooms with the floors?

Answer: The flooring, its materiality and colorfulness, are literally fundamental to the perception of a room, both in setting a colorful mood and creating a tactile and acoustic environment. Daylight, which mostly comes in from the side or from above, is usually reflected off the floor onto the other room surfaces. The impact of color on floor surfaces is usually greater than on walls or ceilings.

Question: What role does color play in architecture for you? Are there other projects, in which you consciously used color?

Answer: The use of color always depends on the respective peripheral circumstances and specifications of the project. Not every project is equally suited to an eye-catching use of color. Especially with school and sports projects in recent years, we have very consciously come up with powerful color concepts, where we start with a color hue or a color accent and develop it through the various layers of the building. But we have also worked on monument preservation projects and museum-related projects, where only the colors of the materials were used. As a significant aspect of human perception, color is fundamental and plays a large role in our architecture.

Question: What aspects of all your projects do you place greatest value on?

Answer: Working with the location and the context of the projects, the constant questioning of clichés and prejudices – my own included – , the interplay of light, pathways and movement in space, the relationship between interior and exterior and the desire to find natural, coherent and stand-alone solutions to the tasks at hand. I would describe all that as the ‘common theme’ of my work.

Thank you very much for the interview!

Box: Lür Meyer-Bassin was born in Bremen in 1961 and studied architecture after a carpenter apprenticeship in Stuttgart. He subsequently spent three years in the firm of Behnisch and Partners, before he opened his own firm called Meyer and Bassin in Dresden in 1993. After the departure of Delia Bassin and the arrival of Uwe Stintz, the firm is now called Meyer-Bassin and Partners. Their spectrum of work stretches from cultural, social and sports buildings to historic buildings, landscape architecture, city planning and exhibition design.