The winners of the architecture competition for Baloise Park have been decided

The future Baloise campus at the Bahnhofplatz in Basel now has a name and a face. Baloise Park will include buildings designed by architects Diener & Diener, Valerio Olgiati, and Miller & Maranta. The winning projects from the architecture competition were presented to the public today.

Three new buildings will be constructed in Baloise Park in Basel between 2015 and the end of 2019. The tower designed by architects Miller & Maranta, which will provide both hotel and office space, had already been presented in 2013; at almost 90 metres it will become the highest structure in this area.  With this construction project, Baloise is strengthening its commitment to the city and influencing the character of the station district by naming it "Baloise Park". "We have already been working on this project for more than two years, and we're happy that it's progressing quickly.  Our headquarters will have the new name Baloise Park, because we are creating an open workspace and meeting place here, not only for our employees but also for third party tenants and the public, which will have a very positive impact on the city.  The Baloise Park will be completed by a public square joining up with the Centralbahnplatz, placing new inspiration for city development right at Basel's gateway," says Martin Wenk, Head of Corporate Division at Baloise Asset Management, and the client for whom the construction project is being carried out at Aeschengraben.

Innovative architecture with a strong character
It was previously unclear what the two smaller buildings on the campus would look like.  Since spring 2014, a competition has been running between ten distinguished Swiss firms of architects, which have developed drafts for the other two Baloise buildings. Now it has been decided how the entire ensemble on the site between Aeschengraben, Nauenstrasse and Parkweg will look.

For the site directly bordering Nauenstrasse, the jury declared architects Diener & Diener from Basel as the winners.  "The building by Diener & Diener is eye-catching for its simplicity and clarity.  The concrete and glass façade has the special effect of eight metre high window panes, rounded towards the square. There are two storeys behind each of the extra-high window fronts.  This creates something like a small monument, which means that even the smallest of the three new buildings will appear independent and of equal value," says Renato Piffaretti, Head of Baloise Real Estate.

For the third site, on the corner of Parkweg, the draft by architect Valerio Olgiati from Graubünden will be implemented. "Olgiati's building is a surprising and impressive suggestion for a future-oriented office building with strong character. Its volume and precise proportions fit perfectly into the new ensemble at Baloise Park. The contemporary interior fittings make it appropriate for conventional private offices and open-plan areas alike.  The building's central atrium gives additional light to the rooms, creating ideal working conditions throughout the space," says Renato Piffaretti.

Baloise itself will move around 700 employees into the new buildings from 2020. The remaining office workplaces, enough for around 1300 people, will be rented out to third parties. 

Viewing the models
The exhibition of all the projects in the architecture competition is public and runs from 26 November to 3 December 2014. 
Where: In the atrium of the Department for Construction and Traffic, Münsterplatz 11, 4051 Basel
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

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