Architecture in Basel
The Swiss architectural scene has an appeal that extends well beyond the country’s borders. Numerous Swiss architectural firms have attracted attention all over the world in recent decades with a series of outstanding creations. Many of the renowned firms hail from Basel such as Christ & Gantenbein, Diener & Diener Architects and Herzog & de Meuron. They have all helped to lay the foundation of a lively architectural scene in Basel.
Just a few steps away from the picturesque and well-preserved Old Town, you will glimpse architectural masterpieces designed by internationally renowned figures such as Richard Meier, Frank Gehry and Mario Botta. Numerous winners of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize have immortalized themselves in Basel with their buildings – a concentration of superior architecture that is unique in the world.
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15 impressive buildings in Basel
A city in flux: Herzog & de Meuron set a new bar with the superior Roche Towers and the futuristic exhibition centre. Mario Botta is responsible for the BIS building and Museum Tinguely. And just over the German border, Frank O. Gehry built his first building in Europe: the Vitra Design Museum.
Highlights and guided architecture tours
So why not leave your mark on the city where a dozen winners of the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize have left theirs?
Explore the architectural metropolitan centre of Basel on your own. Three walking tours take you to the highlights of the city, each dedicated to a different part of the city.
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The Architekturwoche Basel (AWB) is the biennial platform for architecture and urban development in Switzerland’s capital of architecture. You can dive into the building culture of the metropolitan region at over 100 different events. The Architekturwoche Basel was held for the first time in May 2022, and will then be a biennial event.
- David Chipperfield (2023 Laureate)
- Eduardo Souto de Moura (2011)
- Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA (2010)
- Peter Zumthor (2009)
- Zaha Hadid (2004)
- Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (2001)
- Renzo Piano (1998)
- Rafael Moneo (1996)
- Tadao Ando (1995)
- Fumihiko Maki (1993)
- Álvaro Siza (1992)
- Frank O. Gehry (1989)
- Richard Meier (1984)
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