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Novartis – Fabrikstrasse 15, Gehry Building

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As part of the Campus Project of the Novartis Pharma AG in Basel an office building was designed by Frank O. Gehry, the appearance of which resembles an interlaced large scale sculpture. Planes with multiple folds and doubly curved façade surfaces, each supported by different structural systems, form the building envelope. The load bearing structure of these is created as a welded, bending-resistant girder grid, which are stacked much like a folded plate. Geometrically variable, overlapping and partially pre-tensioned floor slabs with numerous inclined columns create the horizontal load bearing structure. Reinforced concrete cores and vertical composite trusses serve to stiffen the entire structure. The energy efficient façade contributes significantly to the fact that the building fulfills the Minergie-Standard. 85% of the roof surface are covered with photovoltaic cells (output 92 kWp).

Basel, Switzerland
Gehry Partners LLP, Los Angeles
Arcoplan Nissen & Wetzlaff, Planungsgemeinschaft, Basel; Transsolar
Novartis Pharma AG, Basel
Sven Plieninger

Technical Data

Gross floor area
32,000 m²
70 m
45 - 75 m
35 m
Depth (below ground level)
up to 18m
Facade area
8,000 m²
PV module area
1,300 m²


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