Herzog & de Meuron

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 7 December 2020 – Basel University Hospital (USB) has announced today the next steps for the planned development of their site. Having been endorsed by the Basel-Stadt Government, the realization of two new hospital buildings can progress accordingly – one of which will be designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

It was announced last year that Herzog & de Meuron, together with Rapp Architekten, had won the competition for Klinikum 3 on the USB Perimeter B site. The design comprises an elongated plinth, upon which will rest a twelve-storey tower and a kidney-shaped pavilion. With a combined floor area of 50,000 sqm, the new ensemble will house research and laboratory facilities for the University of Basel, alongside clinical areas such as diagnostics and treatment spaces, and a specialized tumor center.

The design is characterized by a high degree of flexibility, both in planning and in its subsequent use. The project strengthens the urban vision of the planned “Health Campus” by integrating unique, function-oriented buildings to an overall development concept; establishing a strong spatial relationship with the surrounding environment and existing hospital garden. The development plan for Klinikum 3 will need further approval by parliament, which will be voted upon in 2022. Pending this decision, Klinikum 3 is scheduled for completion between 2024 and 2030.

The “Health Campus” is a city within a city. With the expansion of USB, Basel has a burgeoning life science cluster at its very heart – meeting the contemporary requirements of research, teaching and healing.

The project for the Basel University Hospital continues a long line of thinking about hospitals for Herzog & de Meuron. REHAB Basel opened in 2002, and the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich and the New North Zealand Hospital in Hillerød are both currently under construction. Together with HDR, Herzog & de Meuron was recently selected to design the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center in San Francisco.

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