RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Herzog & de Meuron
The site defines the north margin between the dense Gundeldinger district and the city’s main railway station. The project was guided by two programmatic objectives: on the one hand the desire to create housing for a large number of people and a range of different functions in a single building, autonomous in its size and concept; on the other hand the desire to strongly connote the urban landscape and signal the presence of an important gateway to the city and an urban hub. The result is an object out of scale with respect to its surroundings, that is not afraid to declare its individuality with respect to context, establishing a sense of interaction by contrast.The heterogeneous appearance of the individual parts of the building, which resembles an assemblage of stacked volumes, dematerialises its imposing architectural mass and mirrors its programme: a mixed use building whose different volumes host different specific functions.