Swiss Architects: Herzog and de Meuron was choosen as on of the AD 100 2017 list.
In 1978, Herzog und de Meuron founded their office in Basel, Rheinschanze 6, after the simultaneous architectural diploma in 1975 at ETH Zurich and their activities there as assistants. In addition to this headquarters, they now have five additional offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, New York City and Hong Kong . The company employs 420 people. Partners in the Herzog & de Meuron office are Harry Gugger (* 1956) and Christine Binswanger (* 1964). Since 2003, Robert Hösl (* 1965), Ascan Mergenthaler (* 1969) and five other architects have also been part of the office. De Meuron and Herzog both teach at ETH Zurich and at Harvard University.
Herzog & de Meuron became internationally known with the project for the Tate Modern in London, whose exterior design was developed by the architects – as in many other projects – together with Zurich landscape architect Dieter Kienast. The art gallery was installed in the old Bankside Powerstation and opened in 2000. Due to the unexpectedly large visitor attraction, an expansion project is already being planned. In addition, Herzog and de Meuron designed the two stadium buildings St. Jakob-Park in Basel and Allianz Arena in Munich.
In 2001 they were awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The jury praised their passion for dealing with a whole range of building materials, with the help of which they would advance architecture. In 2006, they received the British Design Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects, in 2007 the Praemium Imperiale and the Great Nike of the German Federal Architect BDA.
Herzog & de Meuron were also a pioneer in the use of gabions as a design element in building façades. At the Dominus Winery in Napa Valley, California, the first project of the architectural office in 1997, gabions were arranged as a back-ventilated façade, partly filled with broken glass and thus translucent instead of broken glass.
For the pharmaceutical group Roche, Herzog & de Meuron designed a high-rise building at 154 meters, which would have become the tallest building in Switzerland. The high-rise building should be reminiscent of the double helix. However, this project was withdrawn by the pharmaceutical group. A new design for the office building, which is now to reach 178 meters, was announced on 17 December 2009 by Roche. The foundation stone was laid in Basel in May 2012. The reference period is 2015. Then it should be the highest building in Switzerland before the Prime Tower in Zurich.
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