Building 1 is the tallest and most distinctive building on the Roche site in Basel, marking a progression in the development plan that has emerged in logical steps commensurate with the organic growth of the corporation out of the original Hoffmann-La Roche AG industrial complex.
The new building is situated in the southern part of the Roche grounds, alongside Building 52, which is currently the highest structure. The continued development of the Roche grounds follows the 2006 plan drawn up by Roche to introduce structural clarity by locating research and development in the northern sector and the Global Corporate Headquarters in the southern sector. Building 1 is the embodiment of that vision of clarity on Grenzacherstrasse.
In designing the 178m building, the main focus was on developing a highrise typology that visualises and fosters the internal organisation and communication within the various departments. The tower will house approximately 2000 workplaces relating to various departments currently scattered throughout the city. These are to be brought together in one place in a process of so-called “office re-entry”. This will allow the smooth flow of communication between and within the various departments in a way that is not currently possible. Office re-entry involves synergies enabled not only by the convergence of staff from different fields but also by the overall sense of corporate identity which will be enhanced by the integration of staff on the site.