St. Jakob Tower
Basel, Switzerland
Project 2003-2005, realization 2006-2008

The St. Jakob Tower scheme provides its setting with a vibrant urbanistic focus. In the manner of a "gateway building" it marks a key entrance point into Basel and is particularly eye-catching for drivers on the nearby motorway. The new Mercedes-Benz Showroom slots easily into the urban terrain between the St. Jakob sports and events venue and the Birs river.

The Mercedes-Benz facility is designed as an open, transparent structure, whose walls and roof slab grow out of the platform. The showroom spaces for new and second-hand cars span three levels linked by ramps.

The elevated platform (6.10 meters above the stadium perimeter level), like the existing facility, is a key pedestrian circulation hub – a place to see and be seen – while also doubling up as a venue for future events. Located on the eastern front (looking towards Muttenz), it is modeled as an artificial topography marking off the sports and visitor facilities while also creating a smooth transition to the revitalized Birs riverside pathway.

The tower's massing responds to the particular features of the site, the occupancy types, visual axes and shading requirements. The building houses apartments mainly on the southern elevation and upper tower levels, coupled with offices on the northern elevation. The tower reads as a crystalline glass volume with openings for balconies to serve the apartments. For reasons of noise control (motorway and railway lines), the northern elevation is designed as a blank, unbroken façade with no balconies.
Herzog & de Meuron, 2008


Herzog & de Meuron Team:
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Wolfgang Hardt, Stefan Marbach
Project Architects: Fabio Felippi, Gabi Mazza, Sarah Righetti
Project Team: Ida Basic, David Brodbeck, Mariano Ciccone, Yuko Himeno, Kasia Jackowska, Sunkoo Kang, Michel Kehl, Thomas Keller, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Bernhard König, Pawel Krzeminski, My Long, Roman Sokalski, Louise Souter, Douwe Wieërs, Thomasine Wolfensberger, Camillo Zanardini

Implenia Generalunternehmung AG, Basel, Switzerland

General Planning: Implenia Generalunternehmung AG, Basel, Switzerland
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Architect Construction: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Consultant, HVAC, Plumbing, Mecahnical Coordination: PGMM Schweiz AG, Winterthur, Switzerland
Electrical Engineering: Scherler AG, Basel, Switzerland

Specialist / Consulting:
Facade Consulting: Neuschwander + Morf AG, Basel, Switzerland
Building Physics: BAKUS Bauphysik & Akustik GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
Geometrician: Burger & Partner Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Civil Engineering, Traffic Planning: Jauslin & Stebler Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Fire Protection, Safety Consulting: Gruner AG, Basel, Switzerland
Acoustics: BAKUS Bauphysik & Akustik GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

Building Data:
Site Area: 8,798sqm / 94,701sqft
Building Footprint: 7,150sqm / 76,962sqft
Building Dimensions: Length: 138m / 450ft; Width 77m / 252ft; Height 71m / 232ft
Gross Floor Area: 30,300sqm / 326,149sqft
Facade Surface: 11,850sqm / 127,553sqft

- Shopping Center including 5,900sqm / 63,507sqft rentable area (existing area 11,530sqm / 124,108sqft, including 650sqm / 6,996 restaurant area)
- Mercedes Showroom and workshop with 4,700sqm / 50,590sqft rentable area
- 5,400sqm / 58,125sqft of offices area (rentable area)
- 37 apartments (2.5 - 5.5 rooms) with 4,700sqm / 50,590sqft of rentable area
- 76 space car park
- 3,900sqm / 41,979sqft event platform


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