Sandoz Technology Development Center, Novartis Industrial Area
Basel, Switzerland
Projects 1988, 1991, realization 1993

The building is conceived as a technical instrument made-to-order to optimize production processes. Technical facilities, especially ventilation ducts, had to be accessible from both inside and outside through the building’s sheath. Openings necessary for accessibility were distributed throughout the building, without a recognizable compositional principle. The same is true of the windows. The facade’s surfaces, the windows, and entry gates mesh flush to the surface and are only differentiated in the reflection of their materials: stucco painted a metal color for the facade, glass (enameled in some places) for the windows, and aluminum tin for the entry gates.
Herzog & de Meuron, 1993


Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners : Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron
Project Team: Erica Overmeer, Michael Petzet, Hans Ueli Suter, Gerold Wiederin

Sandoz Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland

Structural Engineering: Helmut Pauli, Ingenieurbüro Schaub, Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Planning: Selmoni AG, Basel, Switzerland
Climate Control Planning: Waldhauser Haustechnik, Basel, Switzerland

Specialist / Consulting:
Sanitary Planning: Bogenschütz AG, Basel, Switzerland
Specialist Consultant: Facade planning: Schmidlin AG, Basel, Switzerland

Building Data:
Building Area: 430sqm
Gross Floor Area: 1,720sqm


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