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Modern architecture

23 Attractions

Messeturm by Morger & Degelo

Basel Zentrum

At 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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Vitra Campus

Basel Region

In addition to featuring a large collection of design classics, the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein is also a who's who of the architecture scene. Here you'll find buildings by Frank O. Gehry and Zaha Hadid as well as by Tadao Ando, Álvaro Siza, Nicholas Grimshaw and SANAA.

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Antoniuskirche

Basel Flughafen

Built between 1925 and 1927 by architect Karl Moser, the church in the St. Johann district was Switzerland's first concrete place of worship, built from unfinished exposed concrete.

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Architecture at the Dreispitz site

Basel Region

Dreispitz – which was formerly known purely for its light industry and warehouses – is being transformed as it fills up with apartments, schools and arts institutions. Well-known names in the contemporary architecture scene have created exciting projects here that have given the area a facelift. And the transformation is still under way.

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Architecture trails

Basel Zentrum

The people of Basel are receptive to modernity. This is the place to visit if you’re looking for state-of-the-art feats of architecture.

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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 für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich (BIZ). The six-storey building is typical of the style of the architect from the Swiss canton of Ticino.

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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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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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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 constructors of neighbouring buildings.

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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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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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Jacob Burckhardt Haus und Peter Merian Haus

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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Markthalle

Basel Zentrum

Basel's Markthalle 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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Naturbad Riehen

Basel Region

A natural swimming pool in the neighbouring community of Riehen, Naturbad Riehen is a highlight for architecture enthusiasts, as well as for anyone looking to relax and unwind. Local architects Herzog & de Meuron planned the site and completed it in 2014.

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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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Roche-Tower

Basel Zentrum

Roche's "Building 1" can rightly be labelled the modern landmark of Basel since it is the tallest building in Switzerland and 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 home ground of FC Basel. It is important in both architectural and sporting terms.

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St. Johann and Novartis Campus

Basel Region

The former working-class district, St. Johann exemplifies the way Basel is moving into the future. With the completion of the city's northern bypass road and the creation of the Novartis Campus, the whole district has been transformed and is now a showcase for contemporary Basel architecture.

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Südpark

Basel Hauptbahnhof

An ensemble of buildings, Südpark is a project with a wide variety of functions, requirements and uses.

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Universitäts-Kinderspital beider Basel (UKBB)

Basel Zentrum

Glistening and gleaming in a multitude of colours, the University Children's Hospital Basel is an architectural masterpiece as well as a working clinic.

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Universitätsspital und Frauenklinik

Basel Zentrum

The two neighbouring buildings bring together architectural history and modernity: Klinikum 1 was built in 1945 under the direction of Hermann Baur, while the Women's Health Clinic was created much later in 2003 by Silvia Gmür and Livio Vacchini.

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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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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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