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Herzog And De Meuron Wriggle Into Basel

Basal 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 donít get bored of it to quickly.

The tower will provide 75,000m≤ 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.
Roche - Bau 1, Basel.
Roche - Bau 1, Basel.
Roche - Bau 1, Basel.
Roche - Bau 1, Basel.