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Modern architecture

In Basel, you can't move for buildings by world-renowned architects – and there’s a new one almost every year. Herzog & de Meuron, Diener & Diener and Mario Botta are just a few of the famous architects whose works have enhanced Basel. Get hold of our architecture brochure and start discovering!

Roche Tower

Basel Zentrum

The Roche Tower can rightly be labelled the modern landmark of Basel since it is the tallest building in Switzerland and is visible well beyond the city boundaries.

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St. Jakob-Park | Football stadium

Basel Region

St. Jakob-Park is Switzerland's largest football stadium and the home ground of FC Basel. It is important in both architectural and sporting terms.

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Basel exhibition centre

Basel Zentrum

The new Messe Basel trade fair building is one of the city's newer landmarks. The central architectural urban feature of the hall complex, developed by Herzog & de Meuron, is the City Lounge.

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Head office of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Basel Zentrum

The BIS Tower is 69.5 metres high and was constructed by architect Martin Burckhardt between 1972 and 1977. It houses the head office of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

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Elsässertor

Basel Hauptbahnhof

Elsässertor by Herzog & de Meuron, along with neighbouring buildings by Richard Meier, Diener & Diener, Cruz & Ortiz and Giraudi & Wettstein make for an impressive ensemble of urban architecture.

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Werkraum Warteck pp

Basel Zentrum

The site of the former Warteck brewery is in a central location, some 50 metres from the banks of the Rhine and one kilometre from the city centre of Basel.

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Jacob Burckhardt House and Peter Merian House

Basel Hauptbahnhof

Travellers arriving by train at Basel SBB station will immediately notice the shimmering silver Jacob Burckhardt Haus and gleaming green Peter Merian Haus.

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Euregio-Geschäftshaus

Basel Zentrum

The renowned architect Richard Meier, who was responsible for projects such as the Getty Center in Los Angeles, completed his first building in Switzerland in 1996: the Euregio Geschäftshaus in Basel.

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BIZ building by Mario Botta

Basel Zentrum

This impressive building designed by famous architect Mario Botta is home to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The six-storey building is typical of the style of the architect from the Swiss canton of Ticino.

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Markthalle

Basel Zentrum

Basel's Markthalle (Market Hall) was built in 1929 and used as a market up until 2004. Following various attempts at other uses, 2014 saw the hall being returned almost to its original purpose, with food stalls and a weekly market on Saturdays.

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Goetheanum Dornach

Basel Region

The Goetheanum is situated in Dornach, around 10 kilometres outside the city centre. It serves as the head office and conference venue of the General Anthroposophical Society and boasts a distinctive shape, which has also inspired the architects of neighbouring buildings.

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Zentralstellwerk SBB

Basel Hauptbahnhof

The Central Signal Box boasts an extraordinary location, set between the train tracks at the point where the road crosses the railway.

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Hammering Man by Jonathan Borofsky

Basel Zentrum

Visit the hardest-working of all of Basel's inhabitants - the Hammering Man on Aeschenplatz.

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Messeturm by Morger & Degelo

Basel Zentrum

With a height of 105 metres, the Messeturm is a notable landmark of Basel's skyline and is a key feature of the city's modern face.

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Novartis Campus

Basel Zentrum

The campus located at the Novartis headquarters has already become a true Mecca for modern architecture. The planning was conducted by the famous Italian architect Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani.

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