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Old September 15th, 2006, 08:03 AM   #1
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BASEL | Roche Tower | 160m | 43 fl | Pro

Roche headquarters to redefine Basel skyline
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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is to redevelop its Basel headquarters site and construct the highest office tower block in Switzerland.

The SFr800 million ($640 million) project is scheduled for completion by 2011 and includes two buildings designed by Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron.


The 160m building will have more than 40 storeys and will accommodate about 2,400 workplaces together with a new research and development centre which is to replace an old laboratory building, the company said on Thursday.

The aim is to bring employees currently spread around the city to its central site.

"Positive growth, the age of several buildings and the additional demands placed on laboratories, manufacturing facilities and offices compel us to make more compact use of our site and to build higher," said Matthias Baltisberger, head of Roche Basel.

The company added it wanted to maintain its tradition of high-quality and internationally renowned industrial architecture.


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Roche said it had created about 1,000 jobs in Basel over the past few years and was confident of continuing its growth strategy in the near future.

It recorded a 37 per cent rise in half-year net income to SFr4.543 billion, boosted by the sales of its cancer drugs.

Roche is Switzerland's second-biggest pharmaceutical company behind its Basel-based rival, Novartis. It has a total workforce of 70,000 people worldwide, including 7,500 in Switzerland.

For its part Novartis has announced plans to invest about SFr2 billion to redevelop its headquarters over the next few years in a bid to double its workforce in Basel to 10,000.

Herzog & de Meuron are among the foremost contemporary Swiss architects. Their recent work includes the Tate Modern in London, the Olympic Stadium in Beijing and the Allianz Arena in Munich as well as Basel's St Jakob Park stadium.



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Old September 15th, 2006, 08:07 AM   #2
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Certainly unusual though from one angle it reminds me of an Easter Island head! Is there any rationale for so odd a collection of angles and forms?
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Old September 15th, 2006, 08:59 AM   #3
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Architects are now really pushing it! different, but hideous. Looks like a squashed, empty can.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 10:11 AM   #4
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Is that stable?
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Old September 15th, 2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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Certainly unusual though from one angle it reminds me of an Easter Island head! Is there any rationale for so odd a collection of angles and forms?
I read somewhere that it should imitate the DNA.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 11:45 AM   #6
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ARGH!!!
enough already with these insane and ugly, so ugly, towers...
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Old September 15th, 2006, 12:34 PM   #7
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Wow, thats one of the most beautiful tower desings I have ever seen. Hope they start construction soon.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 12:39 PM   #8
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I really like it. It looks like an alien settlement in this environment. Very mysterious when compared to those surroundings, and the old boats.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #9
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I might have to throw up on this... sorry.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 03:08 PM   #10
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A stunner if built in a suited environment. It will benefit from not having a lot of scrapers around it. Would be quite an areawaster in a highdensityarea.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #11
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i like the shape but it looks shaky though.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 04:03 PM   #12
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I think it's beautiful!
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 05:12 AM   #13
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sweeeet --- too bad it's not a condo, or i'd be buying one.
looks like it's out in the middle of nowhere though --- is this DT Basel?
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 02:46 AM   #14
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I LOVE IT!

But it really looks like one of the Easter Island heads.

But I like it a lot!
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 05:21 AM   #15
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I'm beginning to wonder if architects are becoming more like Hollywood producers, more and more. Rather than artistic impression it seems to be evolving into: Here's another one to shock you! I'll call this one the Quentin Tarantino building then. Twisted....and ugly.
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Old September 23rd, 2006, 03:58 PM   #16
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It has a nice design and it will surely be a landmark for Basel.However,I can't say I like it that much
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Old September 24th, 2006, 12:47 AM   #17
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I have mixed feelings. The building is too thick!
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Old September 24th, 2006, 05:09 AM   #18
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Me likey!
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Old November 16th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #19
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I remember this...the Easter Island head tower. I'd rip on the Swiss for this but I hear they all have guns.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #20
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Love it, would gladly have this on our skyline. Nice to see architects doing something other than big tall blocks!
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