At 178 metres high, the Roche Tower is the tallest building in Switzerland. It was completed in September 2015 and overtook Zurich’s Prime Tower which stands at 126 metres. The building cost 550 million Swiss Francs to build and was funded the Roche, the pharmaceutical giant that has its headquarters in Switzerland. The sky-scraping building is rather flatly called “Building 1”, which admittedly is a less impressive feat of creativity.
Grenzacherstrasse 124, Basel, +41-61-688 1111
Basel’s Markthalle isn’t just a great place to eat, it’s also a cool piece of architecture in its own right. From the outside it looks a little run down but inside, you can marvel at the massive dome with a glass covered oculus in the centre, while scoffing on some good food.
Home to another pharmaceutical giant, the Novartis Campus is an impressive, if not slightly overwhelming blend of curving metal and reflective glass designed by Italian architect Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. Unfortunately, the site is closed to the public, but you can still admire it from the outside.
Fabrikstrasse 2, Basel, +41 61 324 11 11
The Museum Tinguely is one of Basel’s top art museums dedicated to the works of Jean Tinguely. Fittingly, it’s housed in an rather interesting building. The design was thought up by Mario Botta and completed in 1996.