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Architectural highlights in Basel

Basel has a wide range of world-class modern architecture. Don’t miss the following buildings on your visit to Basel.

Vitra Campus (Germany)

The site of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Germany) is home to the first building by Frank O. Gehry in Europe, the first of Zaha Hadid’s construction designs and many other interesting structures.


SBB Central Signal Box

The striking monolith on the southern approach to Basel SBB railway station was based on designs by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron and completed in 1999.



The Schaulager is an innovative institution for art and houses the works of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation not currently on display.


Messe Basel

“Window to the heavens”: the City Lounge and Hall 1 of Messe Basel by Herzog & de Meuron.


Kunstmuseum Basel – new building

The building by Basel architects Christ & Gantenbein is imposing with its grey brick façade, its small number of large windows and its integrated LED lighting.


BIS by Mario Botta

The distinctive building designed by the Ticino architect Mario Botta houses the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).


Museum of cultures

Herzog & de Meuron schufen neue Ausstellungsräume mit ei­nem eigenen Eingang und einem extravaganten Dach – im Herzen der mittelalterlichen Stadt Basel.


Museum Tinguely

Situated directly on the Rhine, the Museum Tinguely, built after plans by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, houses the greatest collection of works by Jean Tinguely (1925–1991).


Fondation Beyeler

The Beyeler Collection was given a publicly accessible location in 1997 with the construction of a museum designed by Renzo Piano.


Roche Tower

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.