Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2005-2009
Realization
2007-2010
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Process

A piece of property in a commercial area near the French border is available as a site of innovation to accommodate new company headquarters. Initial site overview.

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Meeting with the company founders and first sketches for an open, communicative building.

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Horizontal layout of the program and inquiry into the potential of a dense structure to foster direct communication.

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Linking the floors above four open cores to create a maximum of direct connections.

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The vertical cores are used for structural purposes, HVAC and circulation; they mediate between the floors that point in different directions.

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The forces of the bridge structure form trees that rest on a few supports in the underground carpark. The direction and tilt of the glass facades depend on location and function.

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On-site assembly of prefabricated steel elements.

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The sequencing of the rooms emphasizes the link between indoors and outdoors; the struts indicate the force flow.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Allschwil, Switzerland
Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Architect Construction: Proplaning AG, Basel, Switzerland
General Planning: Arge GP Headquarters Actelion, Basel, Switzerland; Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland; Proplaning AG, Basel, Switzerland
Construction Management: Arge GP Headquarters Actelion, Basel, Switzerland; Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland; Proplaning AG, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: Tita Giese, DĂĽsseldorf, Germany
Structural Engineering : WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Mechanical Engineering: TRANSSOLAR, Energietechnik GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
Electrical Engineering: Karl Schweizer AG, Allschwil, Switzerland
HVAC Engineering: Stokar + Partner AG, Basel, Switzerland
Plumbing Engineering: Locher, Schwittay Gebäudetechnik GmbH, Basel, Switzerland
General Contractor: Anliker AG Bauunternehmung, EmmenbrĂĽcke, Switzerland
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Consulting: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, MĂĽnchenstein, Switzerland
Acoustics Consulting: Martin Lienhard, BĂĽro fĂĽr Bau- und Raumakustik, Langenbruck, Switzerland
Botanical Consulting : Gysi Berglas AG, Baar, Switzerland
Building Physics Consulting: Zimmermann + Leuthe GmbH, Aetigkofen, Switzerland
Fire Protection Consulting: Swiss Institute of Safety and Security, ZĂĽrich, Switzerland
Geometric Consulting: Jermann Ingenieure + Geometer AG, Binningen, Switzerland
Geologist Consulting: Kiefer – Studer AG, Reinach, Switzerland
Gastronomy Consulting: HOSTA AG, Basel, Switzerland
Safety Consulting: Gruner AG Ingenieure und Planer, Basel, Switzerland
Traffic Planning: Rapp Infra AG, Basel, Switzerland
Building Data
Site Area: 81'924 sqft, 7'611 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 295'673 sqft, 27'469 sqm
GFA above ground: 166'678 sqft, 15'485 sqm
GFA below ground: 128'994 sqft, 11'984 sqm
Number of levels: 8
Footprint: 34'358 sqft, 3'192 sqm
Length: 262 ft, 80 m
Width: 262 ft, 80 m
Height: 68 ft, 21 m
Gross volume (GV): 3'690'456 cbft, 104'502 cbm
Facade surface: 161'716 sqft, 15'024 sqm
Links
www.actelion.com

Bibliography

Katharina Marchal: “Raum fĂĽr Innovation. Bauten fĂĽr Actelion, Novartis und Roche, Basel.” In: Marko Sauer (Ed.). “Modulor. HĂĽlle und Prozess.” Urdorf, Boll AG, 02.2019. pp. 44-55.

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2007. The Complete Works. Volume 6.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel, Birkhäuser, 2018.

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva MonografĂ­as. Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2013.” Vol. No. 157/158, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva SL, 09.2012.

Astrid Rappel: “Herzog & de Meuron. Siège Social d’Actelion, Allschwil.” In: FrĂ©dĂ©ric Lenne (Ed.). “AMC. Le Moniteur Architecture.” Vol. No. 207, Paris, Groupe Moniteur S.A.S., 06.2011. pp. 84-90.

“Complejo Actelion, Allschwil-Basilea, Suiza. Herzog & de Meuron. Barras apiladas, Actelion Business Center, Allschwil Basilea.” In: Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.). “Arquitectura Viva MonografĂ­as. Laboratorio Basilea. Novartis, Roche, Actelion, Vitra: Campus de Autor.” Vol. No. 134, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 09.2010. pp. 56-63.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia; Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2010. Programme, Monument, Landscape. Programa, Monumento, Paisaje.” Vol. No. 152/153, Madrid, El Croquis, 2010.

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