Helvetia Campus Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Project 2013 -

Over the next few years, Helvetia will convert its Basel head office into a Campus by tidying up the spatial and architectural organization of its premises on two plots to the north and south of St. Alban-Anlage. In addition, part of the area will be made accessible to the public. Precise interventions will enhance the visibility of existing urban points of reference. A new figure will mark the head office of the insurance company: residential housing will be concentrated on the plot to the north, while the plot to the south will be reserved for the company’s distinctive head office. The two sections will be visually linked with the respective green areas. In this way, the original function of St. Alban-Anlage in Basel as a spacious boulevard between the medieval core of the city and its expansion in the 19th century will be revitalized and substantially improved for people enjoying the green boulevard.

The most conspicuous modification on the plot to the south is a new, 12-storey office building as a complement to the existing building of the 1950s, thereby anchoring the latter more clearly as part of Basel‘s urban fabric. This will give Helvetia an unmistakable presence and a built identity. An additional structure placed in between to link the twin buildings will be explicitly identified as the main entrance to the campus. Clearly recognizable and with an open ground plan, the auditorium accommodated in this in-between structure gives the impression of an elevated plaza. The auditorium will be used for Helvetia’s in-house events and will also be available for outside events, thereby giving it a semi-public character. The “Helvetia Boulevard” for in-house use will run parallel to St. Alban-Anlage, connecting the old and new buildings. Both company staff and others can meet here and engage in exchange, enjoying the expansive landscaped areas or the public café on the top floor of the new office building.

In a second phase of development, residential housing will be concentrated on the other side of St. Alban-Anlage to the north. A new building is planned with three types of flats, the largest with 3 ½ rooms, as well as guest accommodations for Helvetia staff. The ground floor, with a view of the greenery, will be available for public uses.
Herzog & de Meuron, 2015


Client: Helvetia Schweizerische Lebensversicherungsgesellschaft AG

Herzog & de Meuron Team: 
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach, Andreas Fries (Partner in Charge)
Project Team: Linxi Dong (Associate, Project Director, 2015-2019), Martin Krapp (Associate, Project Director, since 2019), Alexander Reichert (Associate, Project Manager, 2013-2017), Alexander Stern (Project Architect, 2015-2017), Marc Schmidt (Associate, Project Architect, since 2017), Stephan Weber (Project Manager, since 2017)
Roman Aebi (Workshop), Farhad Ahmad (Digital Technologies), Fernando Alonso, Michal Baurycza (Digital Technologies), Laura-Sophie Behrends, Erasmo Bitetti, Yasemin Ciorabai, Marta Colón de Carvajal Salís, Massimo Corradi (Digital Technologies), Benjamin Engelhardt, Carla Ferrando, Michel Frei, Monica Gaspar Bonilla, Julio Gotor Valcárcel, Sven Grothues, Vasilis Kalisperakis (Digital Technologies), Áron Lőrincz (Digital Technologies), Hadi Madwar, Fabienne Maritz, Magnus Möschel, Sina Momtaz, Cristina Moldes Andres, Alonso Mortera, Neda Mostafavi, Valeria Polakovicova, Sorav Partap, Laura Petrache, Zaïra Pourier (Workshop), Nuno Reis Pereira, Noemi Ruf, Amanda Sachs-Mangold, Eduardo Salgado Mordt, Philipp Schaefle, Kilian Schellenberger, Marc Schmidt (Associate), Kai Strehlke (Digital Technologies), Clément Thomas Mathieu, Diana-Ionela Toader, Florian Tschacher, Mathew Winter


Project Architect: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
General Planner: Rapp Architekten AG, Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Engineering: Hefti Hess Martignoni, Aarau, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Engineering Coordination: Waldhauser + Hermann AG, Basel, Switzerland
HVAC Engineering: Hochtrasser Glaus & Partner Consulting AG, Zürich, Switzerland
Landscape Design: Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich, Switzerland
Sanitary Engineering: GRP Ingenieure, Rotkreuz, Switzerland

Façade Engineering: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Münchenstein, Switzerland

Fire Consultant: Gruner AG, Basel, Switzerland

Acoustical Consultant / Building Physics: Kopitsis Bauphysik AG, Wohlen, Switzerland
Gastronomy Consultant: Planbar AG, Zürich, Switzerland / SODA Project & Design GmbH, Fürth, Deutschland

DGNB Label Consultant: CSD Ingenieure AG, Zürich, Switzerland

Security- / Door Consultant: Professional Security Design AG, Basel, Switzerland

Light Consultant: Reflexion AG, Zürich, Switzerland

AV Consultant: Intelliconcept AG, Hünenberg Switzerland

Signage Consultant: NEW ID, Basel, Switzerland

Use / Function Office:
New Office building (315 workplaces)
Auditorium (280 seats)
Canteen (300 seats), Café (100 seats)
Renovation of two existing office buildings (600 workplaces)

Use / Function Office Housing Development:
1.5 room apt. with 1 bathroom
2.5 room apt. with 1 bathroom
2.5 room apt. with 2 bathrooms
Guest rooms