Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Allschwil, Switzerland
Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
UMBRIA III - 280
The new building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron for the Actelion bio-pharmaceutical company is a work of structural art, each level of which has a different fl oor plan. This complex building with its unconventional forms offers unexpected insights and outlooks.
Lounge-style communication zones have been set up at the places where the stacked beams cross each other.
Curtains are used for privacy and to prevent glare through the offi ces and glass separating walls.
Curtains are used as room dividers, as shown here in the auditorium. The curtains are drawn round the auditorium, closing off the space, but still leaving emergency exits open.