Roche Tower

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Roche Tower
Basel - Roche Tower - September 2015 1.jpg
Alternative namesBuilding 1 (Bau 1)
Record height
Tallest in Switzerland since 18 September 2015[I]
Preceded byPrime Tower (Zürich)
General information
TypeOffice building
Architectural styleModernism
LocationBasel, Switzerland
AddressGrenzacherstrasse 124
Named forHoffmann-La Roche
Groundbreaking9 May 2012
Opened18 September 2015
CostCHF 550 million
OwnerHoffman-La Roche
Height178 m
Technical details
Floor count41
Floor area74,200 m²
Design and construction
Architecture firmHerzog & de Meuron

Roche Tower (German: Roche-Turm) is a skyscraper in the Swiss city of Basel. At 178 metres, it is the tallest building in the country.[1]

The building, also known as "Building 1" (German: Bau 1), was financed by pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche and designed by Herzog & de Meuron. It cost 550 million Swiss francs to build. The entire construction ensemble, including a planned 205-metre "Building 2" research facility, is expected to cost three billion francs in total.[1]

When finished on 18 September 2015, Roche Tower overtook Prime Tower in Zürich as Switzerland's tallest building, the latter having held the record for four years. Strict planning laws mean there are few skyscrapers in the country.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Switzerland's tallest building officially opened". Swiss Info. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2017.

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Coordinates: 47°33′30″N 7°36′27″E / 47.5583°N 7.6076°E / 47.5583; 7.6076