Business Center

Rheinlehne Pratteln, Basel

Client: GĂ©rard Benone, Immobilien an der Rheinlehne
Type: Commission
Location: Rheinstrasse Pratteln, Basel
Program: offices 9146 m2, housing 1733 m2, business 3012 m2, retail 3178 m2, parking 8384 m2, storage 4974 m2, technique 1140 m2
Design-completion: 2013-
Status: Design development
Designteam: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Projectteam: Wouter Hermanns, Jean-Marc Saurer, Eliano dias Felicio, Freddy Koelemeijer
Supervision: Jean-Marc Saurer
Images: A2studio

Only 9 km from the city center of Basel a beautiful strip will be partially developed with mixed business program. This strip of 220 meters is situated parallel to the Rhein and goes from wide to narrow. Each building on the Rhein uses both the stunning panoramic water views and the possibility to expose themselves to the busy road on the south side.

How to create five high-quality office buildings on a relatively small strip, where all buildings have equivalent premium views and individual qualities?

Instead of placing the volumes next to each other in one straight line, we rotated the five volumes by 45 degrees. Hereby the buildings readjust their orientation to capture the stunning views to all sides. Each volume becomes disconnected with maximum visibility and a private facade to the main road.

The interactive distortion of the volumes creates a new experience as you move along the buildings. This effect is enhanced by the alternating rhythm of the vertical posts in the facades.