Projects currently under construction include: The extension of the Stadtcasino Basel, one of the oldest and most important concert halls in Europe, Basel, Switzerland; Roche Building 2, the second tower for Roche in Basel, Switzerland; Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland; M+, a new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong in the West Kowloon Cultural District; AstraZeneca’s Strategic Research & Development Centre and Global Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge, UK; and the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, Israel (planned completion 2020). Other ongoing projects include: FORUM UZH, a new building for the University of Zurich, Switzerland; TITLIS 3020, the repurposing of an old beam antenna and a new summit station in the Swiss Alps in Engelberg, Switzerland; Badaevskiy Brewery, the redevelopment of a six-hectares old factory area in Moscow, Russia; the new Headquarters for Lombard Odier in Geneva, Switzerland; Berggruen Institute, a campus for research and study in Los Angeles, USA; Royal College of Art Battersea South Campus in London, UK; Gasklocka, a tower in Stockholm, Sweden; New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød, Denmark; and Triangle, a new building for the Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles in Paris, France.
Recently Completed Projects
Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed projects include: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts, a high profile conservation project which will revitalise the historic Central Police Station Compound in the centre of Hong Kong (completed in 2018); Helvetia, Extension of Head Office, West Wing in St. Gallen, Switzerland (2017); 56 Leonard Street, a residential tower in Tribeca, New York, USA (2017); Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, a mixed-use complex comprising a new philharmonic hall and public plaza, as well as a hotel and apartments, in Hamburg, Germany (2016); Porta Volta Fondazione Feltrinelli in Milan, Italy (first phase 2016); The Tate Modern Project in London, UK (2016); the Park Avenue Armory, the ongoing restoration and reinvention of a historical landmark into a visual and performing arts space in New York City, USA (first two Pilot Rooms in 2011, Board of Officers room in 2013, Veterans Room in 2016); Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, UK (2015); the extension and renovation of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France (2015); the mountain top station Chäserrugg in Toggenburg, Switzerland (2015); New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid, Spain (2015); and the Vitra Schaudepot on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany (2015).
Urban Designs – Current and Past
In 2017, Herzog & de Meuron won the competition for a new master plan for the Nordspitze in Basel, Switzerland. One year earlier, in 2016 Herzog & de Meuron was commissioned to create a feasibility-study for the railway hub in Basel and the surrounding metropolitan area. The pharmaceutical company Roche announced in 2014 a new Development Plan for its Basel site, created by Herzog & de Meuron. The master plan will bring a large part of the Roche Basel workforce together in modern laboratories and office buildings. In 2012, Herzog & de Meuron completed Burgos Bulevar, an 11-kilometre long urban landscape development through the city of Burgos, Spain, merging public and private transport with green public spaces. In 2011, Herzog & de Meuron were commissioned to design the conceptual masterplan for the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and its adjacent territories, near Moscow. Since 2009, the practice has also been developing the master plan for Lyon Confluence in France, the urban redevelopment of the southern tip of the city’s peninsula bracketed by the rivers Saône and Rhône.
Museum Projects – Past and Current
Perhaps the firm’s highest profile museum project to date is the conversion of the Bankside power plant to Tate Modern in London, UK (2000). In 2005 Herzog & de Meuron were commissioned again to develop the expansion of the gallery and its surrounding areas into the Tate Modern Project: The Blavatnik Building (extension) which opened in 2016.
The Goetz Collection, Gallery for a Private Collection of Modern Art in Munich, Germany (1992), stands at the beginning of a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings, including Museum Küppersmühle in Duisburg, Germany (1999) for which Herzog & de Meuron are currently realizing an extension (planned completion 2018); Schaulager, Laurenz Foundation, a warehouse for the open storage of contemporary art, in Basel/Münchenstein, Switzerland (2003); Walker Art Center Expansion in Minneapolis, USA (2005); de Young Museum in San Francisco, USA (2005); CaixaForum Madrid in Spain (2008); TEA, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (2008); Museum der Kulturen in Basel, Switzerland (2010); Museu Blau in the Forum 2004 Building in Barcelona, Spain (2012); the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, USA (2012); the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2013); and the extension and renovation of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France (2015).
The series of museum projects continues with the Barranca Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Guadalajara, Mexico; M+, a new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image (planned completion 2019); and since 2016 the Neue Nationalgalerie, Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin, Germany.
In many projects, Herzog & de Meuron have worked together with artists. An eminent example is the collaboration with Rémy Zaugg (Roche Pharma-Research Building 92, Basel, 2000; Fünf Höfe, Five Courtyards for the Munich City Centre, Munich, 2003; and many more). They have also collaborated with Rosemarie Trockel (Ricola Marketing Building, Laufen, 1999); Thomas Ruff (Eberswalde Technical School Library in Germany, 1999, among others); and Michael Craig-Martin (Laban Dance Centre, London, 2003). Recent collaborations include Ai Weiwei with whom Herzog & de Meuron have worked on the design for the National Stadium Beijing in China (2008), and on their contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008. The collaboration with Ai Weiwei continued with the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens (1 June to 14 October 2012) and in 2017 with the art installation Hansel & Gretel in the Drill Hall and Head House of the Park Avenue Armory (7 June to 6 August 2017).
Herzog & de Meuron received international attention very early with the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland (1980); the Stone House in Tavole, Italy (1988); and the Apartment Building along a Party Wall in Basel, Switzerland (1988). The firm’s breakthrough project was the Ricola Storage Building in Laufen, Switzerland (1987). Renown in the United States came with Dominus Winery in Yountville, California, USA (1998). Their most recognized buildings include Prada Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan (2003); Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany (2005); the National Stadium Beijing, the Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China; VitraHaus, a building to present Vitra’s “Home Collection”, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2010) and 1111 Lincoln Road, a multi-storey mixed-use structure for parking, retail, a restaurant and a private residence in Miami Beach, Florida, USA (2010). Further projects include the New Hall for Messe Basel, Switzerland (2013); Naturbad Riehen, a public natural swimming pool in Basel, Switzerland (2014); Arena do Morro in the neighbourhood of Mãe Luiza, Natal, Brazil (2014); Roche Building 1, the tallest building of Switzerland, which anchors the Roche Basel Site within the urban fabric of Basel (2015); Helsinki Dreispitz, a residential development and archive in Münchenstein/Basel, Switzerland (2015); Asklepios 8 – an office building on the Novartis Campus in Basel, Switzerland (2015); the new Bordeaux stadium, a 42’000 seat multifunctional stadium for Bordeaux, France (2015); and Miu Miu Aoyama, across the road from Prada Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan (2015).
Research and Teaching
Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are both visiting professors at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), USA, since 1994 (and for a year in 1989). They were professors at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) – Department of Architecture, Network City and Landscape, from 1999 until 2018. They are co-founders of the ETH Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute, which started a research programme on processes of transformation in the urban domain. Their research activities are documented in various publications: Switzerland. An Urban Portrait (2006) investigating the urban condition of Switzerland; Open – Closed: Canary Islands (2007) focusing on the urbanisation process on the Canary Islands; MetroBasel. A Model of a European Metropolitan Region (2009) on the development of the trinational region of MetroBasel; and The Inevitable Specificity of Cities (2014), a study of the evolution of the contemporary city.