Roche Tower

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Roche Tower
Basel - Roche Tower - September 2015 1.jpg
Alternative names Building 1 (Bau 1)
Record height
Tallest in Switzerland since 18 September 2015[I]
Preceded by Prime Tower (Zürich)
General information
Status Open
Type Office building
Architectural style Modernism
Location Basel, Switzerland
Address Grenzacherstrasse 124
Named for Hoffmann-La Roche
Groundbreaking 9 May 2012
Opened 18 September 2015
Cost CHF 550 million
Owner Hoffman-La Roche
Height 178 m
Technical details
Floor count 41
Floor area 74,200 m²
Design and construction
Architecture firm Herzog & 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, and it was expected to reach three billion by the time the 205-metre research facility "Building 2" was finished.[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