The Tallest Building in Switzerland – the Roche Tower

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The tallest building in Switzerland - the Roche Tower

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The Tallest Building in Switzerland

– the Roche Tower

The tallest building in Switzerland used to be Prime Tower in Zurich. However, standing only 126m high it was only a matter of time before it would be eclipsed and eclipsed it certainly has been. The Roche Tower, designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, stands a whopping 178 metres tall and was unveiled in September 2015. Well, in comparison to other cities globally, this is still tiny – but at 52 metres higher than the previous record in Switzerland, it definitely makes its mark.

This Tower Block is however, located in Basel not Zurich. It is known very simply as “Building 1” and boasts 41 floors and a total floor space of 74,200 metres. It cost CHF 550 million to build. The pharmaceutical giant is now planing a bigger 205 metre research and development centre which will be called “Building 2” right next-door! Building 2 is due to be ready by 2021.

The tallest building in the world is the  Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai. At 828 metres high it is four and a half times taller than the tallest building in Switzerland!

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