Roche New main office building in Basel by Herzog & de Meuron

Project Details:
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Client: Roche
Text: Roche

Functions:
– 1900 workplaces
– Auditorium (500 seats)
– Cafeteria
– Communication zones

Technical data and costs:
– 41storeys, 175 m high
– 76’000 m2 floor space
– Costs: approx. 550 million Swiss francs
– Energy efficiency: Swiss Minergie standard
– Earthquake-resistant construction

Timeline:
– Official processes and demolition of old building: 2010/2011
– Scheduled start on site: 2012
– Scheduled completion: 2015
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click image to enlarge - photo by Herzog & de Meuron

The project, which will accommodate some 1900 attractively designed workplaces, is the alternative to the “Twist 2 Spirals” scheme that the company decided not to continue a year ago. It meets all Roche’s requirements in terms of functionality and engineering.

“Roche needs a new office building in Basel”, commented Roche CEO Severin Schwan. “We are convinced that having all the company’s departments – Research, Development, Production, Marketing and Corporate – close to each other will be crucial in ensuring that they work together successfully. That’s why we will be bringing the 1,800-plus employees who currently work in offices all over town back to the main site.”

click image to enlarge - photo by Herzog & de Meuron

“The new building is a harmonious fit with the rest of our site and meets all our requirements in terms of functionality and engineering”, added Matthias M. Baltisberger, Head of Roche’s site in Basel. “The new office building will enable us to offer our employees attractive workplaces and a top-quality infrastructure.”

click image to enlarge - photo by Herzog & de Meuron

click image to enlarge - photo by Herzog & de Meuron

The new building continues the predominantly white colour scheme that is typical of the Roche site and which has also been adopted for the research and development building currently being built on Basel’s Wettsteinallee. Both new buildings have been designed by Herzog and de Meuron and tie in with the architectural idiom defined by Otto Salvisberg. The new office building thus continues the longstanding tradition of high-quality industrial architecture that characterises site development at Roche.
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