Herzog & de Meuron build for the Novartis Campus
- Striking building with a filigree façade
- An interview with Jacques Herzog
- An artistic intervention by Katharina Fritsch
- Photographs by Erica Overmeer
Directly on the bank of the Rhine, at the north-eastern periphery of the Novartis Campus beside the Dreirosenbrücke, is the striking high-rise building by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron which forms a link between the Campus and the Rhine promenade. On the side of the building facing the river there is a public restaurant which functions like a huge plinth for the towering building. The building at Asklepios 8 doubles, so to speak, the building height envisaged in the master plan by means of a three-storey volume with a clear structure visible from the outside. What seem like innumerable rounds supports staggered downwards cause the façade to appear filigree and to shimmer optically. A work by the artist Katharina Fritsch complements the building.