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Chipperfield unwraps Basel laboratory

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] RIBA Gold Medal-winner David Chipperfield has completed this 11,600 m² laboratory building in Basel, Switzerland

The five-storey block for the pharmaceutical company Novartis is part of an ongoing, wider masterplan for a new research and production campus between the river Rhine and the French border.

Eventually a second slender L-shaped building will be attached to the completed block which will create an open square facing onto the Fabrikstraße - the main principal axis through the campus.

The building’s façade, its two cores and the concrete beams spanning a total of 27 metres, provides the supporting structure allowing for a column-free floor plan.

Read a full interview with David Chipperfield here.

Project data

Project start: February 2006
Construction start: September 2007
Completion: May 2010 - first phase of construction
Opening: September 2010 - first phase of construction
Gross floor area: 11,600 m² - first phase of construction
Client: Novartis Pharma AG
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Principal: David Chipperfield
Directors: Alexander Schwarz - design director, Harald Müller - Managing director
Project architects: Christian Helfrich, Robert Westphal
Project team: Markus Bauer, Lena Ehringhaus, Niccolo Genesio, Gesche Gerber, Ulrich Hannen, Paul Hillerkus, Nicolas Kulemeyer,
Astrid Kühn, Sebastian von Oppen, Asa Awad Osman, Martina Pongratz, Stefanie Schleipen, Gunda Schulz,
Robert Westphal
Landscape architect: Wirtz International, Schoten
Structural engineer: Walt + Galmarini AG, Zurich
Services engineer: Wgb consult AG, Basel - Design development,Fact GmbH, Böblingen - Construction documentation
Building physics: Gruner AG, Basel
Façade consultant: gkp Fassadentechnik AG, Aadorf
Lighting consultant: matí Lichtgestaltung, Adliswil
Acoustic consultant: Gruner AG, Basel
Fire protection consultant: Sicherheitsinstitut - Schweizerisches Institut zur Förderung der Sicherheit, Zurich
Site supervision: Burckhardt + Partner AG, Basel, Penta Electric, Münchenstein
Locher, Schwittay Gebäudetechnik GmbH, Basel; Fact GmbH, Böblingen
General planning: OTB AG, Basel - Design development
Eurolabors AG, Kassel - Construction documentation
Contact architect: Burckhardt + Partner AG, Basel
Quantity surveyor: Burckhardt + Partner AG, Basel; Eurolabors AG, Kassel - Cost control
Laboratory consultant: Dr Heinekamp Labor- und Institutsplanung, Basel
Interior construction: Designo AG, Basel
Laboratory structural work: Implenia AG, Basel

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