The New Urban Study Project of Herzog & de Meuron For Basel – Famous Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron developed an urban study of three skyscrapers in the Basel area. Join CovetED and lets explore this urban project.
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The project planned for the Nordspitze Area includes three slim, cylindrical towers, one at 160-metres tall and two at 135-metres. This urban design proposal is based on the apparent contradiction of creating a dense district and at the same time large, public green spaces. These two opposites complement and condition each other and result in a design of a very dense and urban neighborhood with diverse open spaces for the neighborhood and the city.
The main commercial aspect of this project will focus on the already existing MParc Shopping Centre that will be enlarged and given a green roof, accessed by a green ramp filled with winding pathways and trees.
The high density is achieved by three skyscrapers and an open block edge of individual mid-rise buildings, which are in close proximity to each other and include a publicly accessible space. The three skyscrapers appear as a family because of their round basic shape, their orthogonal internal structure makes them at the same time relatives of the townhouses. As a building group, they shape the city skyline at a topographically significant point, where the Birstal flows into the Rhine Valley. This high density of buildings faces two new green spaces: one at the end of the Güterstrasse – almost a typical city garden – the other elevated on the roof of the Migros, as a novel green typology in Basel with a thematic reference to nature and health.
The project is still at the planning stage, with the finalized plans due to be submitted to the council in 2020, but all indicate that the Basel City Council is very interested in completing this project.
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If built to the full height of 160-meters, the new residential towers would be three times higher than Basel’s current tallest residential buildings: The Sky Lights Schoren, which are 51 and 57-meters tall.
However, this project won’t be the tallest building in Basel or Switzerland. That record still belongs to the famous Roche Tower, which is owned by pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche and that was also designed by Herzog & de Meuron. At 178-metres it is the tallest building in Switzerland.
Image Credits & Source – Herzog & de Meuron, Roche/ Roche Tower
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