Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 385 5757
Novartis Industrial Area, Basel, Switzerland
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
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.” 2nd adv. and rev. ed. Vol. No. 60+84, Madrid, El Croquis, 2005.
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.