132 ROSSETTI

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Institute for Hospital Pharmaceuticals
Rossettiareal, Basel, Switzerland
Project 1995, realization 1997-1998

The sprawling building is conceived as an organism that extends in several directions. In this way the building appears to react to the extremely varied urban conditions of the immediate surroundings: medieval lots, courtyards, and structures from the 18th to 20th centuries.

From within, the building complex is designed as a system of courts, which support interdepartmental orientation and communication. The shape of the building has not been formed from outside like a sculpture, but is rather the consequence of inner growth and of the restrictions placed on this
growth by the building code and zoning regulations (plot size, specified distances, incidence of light).

The distinctively spatial shape of the building is accentuated by its bottle green cladding, a printed glass paneling. The shiny glass façades generate a spatial depth that is juxtaposed with matte surfaces of ivy that replace the glass and constitute the façade in certain selected areas. Sections of the façade protrude and retreat in a rhythmic flow that includes the structures and walls of neighboring buildings.
Herzog & de Meuron, 2003

FACTS

Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron
Project Architect: Mathis Tinner
Project Team: Roland Bachmann, Adrian Boss, Matthias Gnehm, Monika Haefelfinger, Katharina Kovarbasic, Pius Tschumi, Hanspeter Vogt, Koshi Omi

Client:
Baudepartement Kanton Basel-Stadt, Basel, Switzerland

Planning:
General Planning: ARGE GP Rossetti, Herzog & de Meuron, GSG Baucontrol AG, Basel, Switzerland
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Walter, Mory, Meier, Bauingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Construction Management: GSG Baucontrol AG, Basel, Switzerland
HVAC Engineering: Müller + Partner AG and Robert Aerni Ingenieur AG, Basel, Switzerland.
Plumbing Engineering: Schmutz & Partner AG
Electrical Engineering: Selmoni Ingenieure, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: Kienast Vogt & Partner, Zurich, Switzerland

Specialist / Consulting:

Facade Consulting: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Münchenstein, Switzerland

Building Data:
Site Area: 6,670sqm / 71,795sqft
Building Footprint: 1,545sqm / 16,630sqft
Gross Floor Area (GF): 9,439sqm / 101,601sqft

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Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: Herzog & de Meuron 1992-1996. Das Gesamtwerk. Band 3. The Complete Works. Volume 3. Edited by: Gerhard Mack. 2nd adv. and rev. ed. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2005. Vol. No. 3.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 1981-2000. Between the Face and the Landscape. The Cunning of Cosmetics. Entre el Rostro y el Paisaje. La Astucia de la Cosmética.
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Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 02.2002.

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