Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
Few sectors have undergone such radical transformation in recent decades as Life Sciences. Today’s laboratory buildings include other functions, and want to be transparent and open. Where possible, new buildings are located in town centers, making them hubs for researchers, students, and professionals from the industry. In order to bring Life Sciences into cities, laboratory towers are developed where density is a requirement, in contrast to the more typical horizontal arrangements used for campus-based projects.
Teamwork and transdisciplinary collaboration have replaced the formerly clear-cut separation into specific disciplines such as biology and chemistry. Immediate exchange of ideas encourages innovation and allows different disciplines to share the use of costly technical facilities. Herzog & de Meuron have been involved in this transformation from the first building for Roche in 1992, to the pRED laboratory tower complex that is nearing completion. At the same time, all of our buildings on the Roche campus encourage exchange with the urban environment they are part of. In projects for the campuses at Skolkovo Institute in Moscow and the AstraZeneca headquarters in Cambridge, UK, exchange is encouraged through the offering of public courtyards, auditoriums, cafes, informal meeting places and flexible, open-plan laboratories. A welcoming atmosphere helps to attract the best professionals in the field.