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Bernina transversal. Guido Baselgia – Bearth und Deplazes

Bernina transversal. Guido Baselgia – Bearth und Deplazes

Architecture and Photography – Intervention and Reaction

Edited by Bernina Glaciers

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  • Features Guido Baselgia’s striking photographs of the landscape and infrastructure buildings in the winter landscape on Bernina pass in the Swiss Alps and a documentation of the new road maintenance base on the pass designed by renowned Swiss firm Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
  • The maintenance base’s tower contains a camera obscura at the top that is open to the public
  • Rhaetian Railway’s Bernina line is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its Bernina Express trains are a major international tourist attraction
Full Description

The unique convergence of architecture and landscape found on the Bernina Pass inspired Swiss photographer Guido Baselgia to create a visual epic. The result is a one-of-a-kind presentation of the new road maintenance base near Bernina Pass, designed by renowned Swiss firm Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, in a seemingly arctic winter landscape. Baselgia explored the territory along the road and railway line with his analogue camera. His images also draw a connection between the existing infrastructures for traffic and energy production - built over the course of the landscape’s industrialisation and continued development since the late 19th century - to the architecture of the new maintenance base.


A concavely curved shield wall topped by a round tower is all that is visible of this vast, purely functional, and largely underground space. The shield wall cuts a segment from the existing topography and thereby encloses a courtyard along with an area of the surrounding landscape. The tower refuses direct encoding - until entering the camera obscura at its very top, which connects photography, architecture, and landscape to reveal that this place is about insights and not outlooks.


The book features a selection of Guido Baselgia’s striking photographs and reproductions of camera obscura images from the tower in outstanding duotone reproduction and documents Bearth & Deplazes’ architecture through concise texts, images, and selected plans.

Text in English, German and Italian.

About the Author

Guido Baselgia is a freelance photographer based in Malans. He undertakes projects in Switzerland, Europe, and Latin America, some of which involve extensive and complex expeditions.

Valentin Bearth is a professor of design at USI’s Academia di architettura in Mendrisio, Andrea Deplazes is a professor of architecture and construction at ETH Zurich. Since 1988, they run their own firm Bearth & Deplazes in Chur.

Specifications
Publisher
Park Books
ISBN
9783038602378
Published
14th Oct 2021
Binding
Hardback
Territory
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
Size
300 mm x 300 mm
Pages
144 Pages
Illustrations
70 color, 8 b&w
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