Cornerstone laid for tallest Swiss building

The 41-storey Bau 1 will be Switzerland's tallest building Keystone

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has laid the cornerstone for its new Basel headquarters, which will be Switzerland’s highest building on completion in 2014. “Bau 1” (Building 1) is being planned by Swiss star architects Herzog & De Meuron.

This content was published on May 9, 2012 minutes and agencies

The 41-storey earthquake-resistant construction will be 178 metres high, towering over Switzerland’s current tallest building, Prime Tower in Zurich, by 52 metres.

It will have 76,000 m2 of floor space and cost an estimated SFr550 million ($592 million).

It is planned that 2,000 staff will be able to move into the building at the end of 2015.

At 828 metres, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building. The tallest building in Europe is the 310-metre Shard London Bridge.

Tallest Swiss buildings

126m: Prime Tower, Zurich

105m: Exhibition Tower, Basel

100m: Sulzer high-rise, Winterthur

95m: Hardau 1, Zurich

91m: Cité du Lignon, Geneva

90m: Swisscom Tower, Winterthur

80m: Swisscom Tower, Ostermundigen, near Bern

77m: Novartis Sandoz building, Basel

60m: Espacité, La Chaux-de-Fonds.

52m: Edipresse Tower, Lausanne

51m: Valmont Tower, Lausanne

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