Herzog & de Meuron
1988, 1991

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




Sandoz Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland
General Planning: GP-Arge, Sandoz Bau 42
Construction Management: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Planning: Selmoni AG, Basel, Switzerland
HVAC (Climate Control Design): Waldhauser Haustechnik, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering: Helmut Pauli IngenieurbĂĽro Schaub, Basel, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Sanitary Planning: BogenschĂĽtz AG, Basel, Switzerland
Facade Consulting: Schmidlin AG, Basel, Switzerland
Building Data
Gross floor area (GFA): 18'513 sqft, 1'720 sqm
Footprint: 4'628 sqft, 430 sqm
Gross volume (GV): 362'505 cbft, 10'265 cbm


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Wilfried Wang: “Herzog & de Meuron.” 3rd adv. and rev. ed. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 1998. (= Studiopaperback).

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1978-1988. Das Gesamtwerk. Band 1. The Complete Works. Volume 1.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 1997. Vol. No. 1.