I would have never said that a fairly small city as Basel, Switzerland, could boast such an amount of outstanding architecture. After visiting it I can easily say this is the Mecca for everyone who’s interested in architecture.
It is well-known that Basel is an artsy city, home to some of the most renowned art exhibitions and museums. You surely have heard of ARTBASEL.
Now both me and you know that Basel has top class buildings designed by international acclaimed personalities such as Frank Gehry or Mario Botta and of course the world-famous Basel-based duo Herzog & de Meuron.
Swiss architecture has definitely become my favourite. It is based on experimentation but still respecting the local construction tradition, good handcraftship and the love for perfection that reflects in details. Without mentioning the constant attention to urban development and sustainability.
Anyone keen on architecture is in its element here.
MESSE | HERZOG & DE MEURON |
Messepl., 4058 Basel
Riehenstrasse 101, 4058 Basel
SÜDPARK | HERZOG & DE MEURON |
This thunderbolt-looking staircase is unmissable! The building, once a brewery, is an exquisite example of renovation. The staircase modernizes the old look of the building becoming an impressive artwork at the same time.
Staircase designed by Fabian Nichele and Gerhard Paul Rössler.
Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel
KUNSTMUSEUM | CHRIST & GANTENBEIN |
In the photos: Hélène
St. Alban-Graben 20, 4052 Basel
ACTELION PHARMACEUTICALS | HERZOG & DE MEURON |
Gewerbestrasse 16, 4123 Allschwil
This is not all. There are many other beautiful and interesting buildings worth a visit in Basel. Some of them are private offices and it’s really hard to get permit to take photos of so I don’t have any, others are museums or accessible buildings that for a reason or another I couldn’t visit or I simply don’t have good photos of to show you. I just list them here as you may be interested in seeing them and if you do let me know!
Art museum by Mario Botta (Paul Sacher-Anlage 2, 4002 Basel)
Novartis HQ by Weiss/Manfredi (Fabrikstrasse 2, 4056 Basel)
Roman Catholic Church of St. Anton
Brutalist church (Kannenfeldstrasse 35, 4056 Basel)
Museum of Cultures
Museum by Herzog & De Meuron (Münsterpl. 20, 4051 Basel)
Swiss Architecture Museum
(Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel)
Bank for International Settlements
Bank by Mario Botta (Aeschenpl. 1, 4052 Basel)
Signal Box Auf Dem Wolf
Railway utility building by Herzog & De Meuron (Walkeweg 51, 4053 Basel)
Railway Engine Depot
Train depot by Herzog & De Meuron (Walkeweg 55, 4053 Basel)
Vitra Design Center
Vitra’s Headquarters by Frank Gehry (Klünenfeldstrasse 22, 4127 Birsfelden)
Museum by Herzog & De Meuron (Ruchfeldstrasse 19, 4142 Münchenstein)
When you go to Basel for an architecture tour you CANNOT skip a day trip in Germany. In Weil am Rhein to be precise, just outside the Switzerland’s northern border.
Here you can admire the entire VITRA CAMPUS, Vitra’s operational production site and design museum with buildings designed by prominent international architects such as Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Álvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.
Trust me, it takes an entire day to fully visit it and appreciate it. Check the photos down here.