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Old July 6th, 2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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BASEL | Roche Turm Bau 1 | 178m | 41 fl | Com

The office high-rise in brief:
Functions
  • 1900 workplaces
  • Auditorium (500 seats)
  • Cafeteria
  • Communication zones
Technical data and costs
  • 41 storeys, 178 m high
  • 76’000 m2 floor space
  • Costs: approx. 550 million Swiss francs
  • Energy efficiency: Swiss Minergie standard
  • Earthquake-resistant construction
Timeline
  • Official processes and demolition of old building: 2010/2011
  • Scheduled start on site: 2012
  • Scheduled completion: 2015

About site development at Roche
Current site development at Roche Basel continues to be based on a planning strategy that guarantees maximum flexibility and allows the company to adapt to its ever-changing needs. The strategy aims to bring together the global and corporate functions on the site area south of Grenzacherstrasse, while the infrastructure-intensive research, development and production units will be located on the area north of the road. Apart from meeting operational requirements, Roche attaches top priority, as with all its new-build schemes, to upholding the high standards of industrial architecture for which it is renowned.





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Basel in Switzerland could soon be getting its tallest addition to its skyline to date.

Named the Roche Tower, it is the work of Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron who are also responsible for the Beijing National Stadium better known as the Olympic bird nest in China, as well as the Tate Modern in London.

Located on a commanding position next to the River Rhine, the tower sports the usual glass facades the tower has a zoomorphic appearance of wiggly worm and will stand at 154 metres.

Far from being just another glass structure on a skyline, the architects have managed to create an original and unique design bound to get appreciative ooohhs and ahhhs.

The cylindrically shaped building uses a mix of pyramid like shaping and helixes which move in opposite direction to each other which form a sculptural look.

The resultant form which has strong, definitive, curved lines shows a new face from every direction ensuring passers-by don�t get bored of it to quickly.

The tower will provide 75,000m² of grade A office space where the headquarters of Roche Pharmacueticals will be relocated. The plan is to redevelop the current building into a new office tower to house some 2,400 employees who are currently spread out into various buildings and to improve the laboratory facilities.

The plans where originally released back in 2006 but rumours are surfacing that the tower may well gain approval in the very near future allowing the company to stick to their construction dates of starting in 2008 and being up and running by 2011, as the architects have worked closely with city planning officials it should get the go ahead.

The revamp will however carry quite a hefty price tag of 800 million Krona but will of course mean the company can have workers under one roof rather then scattered about.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #2
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Old July 6th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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when I was in switzerland last week, I heard on swiss radio that the tower was approved
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Old July 6th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #4
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when I was in switzerland last week, I heard on swiss radio that the tower was approved
did you remember wich Radio it was?


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Old July 6th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #5
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Please note that only picture two of my posting is showing a rendering of the tower with its final height.

I wasn't able to verify HD's post myself. I do believe you, HD, but I want to be sure that there is nothing that could endanger the project anymore. If it is true then Roche could even get back to 170 m! That would be great news. It also fits to the updated dates I've found. They are now talking about the construction time from 2009 to 2011.

Finally I got an image of the building's interior:

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Old July 6th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #6
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Absolutely stunning! Bravo!
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Old July 7th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #7
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I don't remember, which radio station it was. probably drs 1. but if you say, there was no further news about this, I might be wrong. maybe it was about another tower - they were talking about the next tallest in switzerland. I thought it was the roche building.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #8
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the architecture is certainly very futuristic, it looks very interesting and could be a new landmark for Basel when its finished. Overally the design is good but IMO the tower is a little bit too "fat", it could be more slim IMO, but still it's a great looking building, it should definetily get built!
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #9
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I don't remember, which radio station it was. probably drs 1. but if you say, there was no further news about this, I might be wrong. maybe it was about another tower - they were talking about the next tallest in switzerland. I thought it was the roche building.
Ok, then it must have been the Prime Tower in Zurich I mentioned in my first post. Construction started some weeks ago.


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the architecture is certainly very futuristic, it looks very interesting and could be a new landmark for Basel when its finished. Overally the design is good but IMO the tower is a little bit too "fat", it could be more slim IMO, but still it's a great looking building, it should definetily get built!
I agree to what you say about the tower's thickness but after all I even prefer the fattier chopped version. It would be interesting to see the chopped rendering stretched to 170m (the maximum height allowed in this zone).

Another interesting detail is that the government restricts the maximum height and the maximum gross floor area. E.g. at the moment Roche is not allowed to build another tall building – let's say 80m – without demolishing some other buildings. It won't be a problem in the years to come anyway since they will remove the taller building (62m) right next to the Bau 1 as far as I know.

Here you'll find a German PDF about the whole Roche area including some more pictures and illustrations.


This is an image of a production facility on the other side of the street:




Here are two renderings of the Bau 97 that will be built on the other side of the area:



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no, it was about a tower in basel ...

anyway, next time I listen more carefully to the news, I promise
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Old July 8th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #11
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Amazing tower. really like the shape of it!
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stunning, It's creative.


can u tell me any reason why the government resticts the height so strictly there?
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Old July 8th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #13
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can u tell me any reason why the government resticts the height so strictly there?
The restrictions are not only there! This is a problem in whole Switzerland!
Every land area in Switzerland belongs to a certain "zone"! Where the government is allowing a certain height and a certain maximum of gross floor! The idea behind this is that the government can control the development! But it certainly makes it very complicated for investors and building companies! Especially skyscrapers are only allowed in very few areas in Switzerland! The government often has to change the "zone" if a company what's to bulid a high rise!
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Old July 8th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #14
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very nice
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wow!!! that's beautiful!
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Old July 8th, 2008, 03:15 PM   #16
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Neat highrise with an awesome design. The riverfront's gonna look good.
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I thought I had seen enough twisting structures, but I kinda like this one
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no, it was about a tower in basel ...

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Old August 8th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #20
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the tower was approved and will be built, but that is not new and was in the media some time ago as HD mentioned before....
the tower from an other perspective:
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