Post-workshop visits

On Friday 21st, for delegates wishing to extend their stay, post-workshop visits will be devoted to Design & Architecture. All visits will be in English.

Minimum participants : 8

Maximum participants : see descriptions

  1. Basel / Weil am Rhein : Vitra  – Campus Architecture Tour (morning). This tour is cancelled
  2. Basel / Weil am Rhein : Vitra  – Design Museum (afternoon). This tour is cancelled
  3. Basel :  the “Pharmaceutical City” (whole day)
  4. Basel : bike tour “Three countries within one hour”
  5. Zurich : City Tour, Architecture and Libraries (whole day)
  6. Freiburg i. Breisgau University Library (whole day). This tour is cancelled

Basel / Weil am Rhein: Vitra 1 – Campus Architecture Tour. Friday 21, 10 am-12 am

Accompanying Person: Isabelle de Kaenel

This comprehensive tour of the Vitra Campus provides an overview of the history of the Vitra company and the evolution of the company premises in Weil, placing special emphasis on the Fire Station designed by Zaha Hadid, the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando and the Schaudepot by Herzog & de Meuron. On the way, participants learn about the factory buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Álvaro Siza and SANAA, as well as the dome after Richard Buckminster Fuller and Jean Prouvé’s petrol station. The VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron is visible from different perspectives during the tour and can be visited on an individual basis. This tour can be combined with the afternoon tour Vitra Design museum.

  • Starting time: 10:00 am (Vitra Campus) or 9:15 am at Basel Bad. Bahnhof 
  • Starting point: Vitra Campus
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Cost: 31 Euro / CHF 35.00 for guided tour and entrance fee (no lunch included)

Basel / Weil am Rhein : Vitra 2 – Design Museum. Friday 21, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Accompanying Person: Isabelle de Kaenel

Vitra Design Museum, Frank Gehry

The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. The work of the Vitra Design Museum is based on its collection, which includes not only key objects of design history, but also the estates of several important design personalities (Charles & Ray Eames, Anton Lorenz, etc.)

  • Starting time: 1:30 pm
  • Starting point: Vitra Museum
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 min
  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Cost: 31 Euro / CHF 35.00 for guided tour and entrance fee (no lunch included)

Basel :  the “pharmaceutical city”, a visit to the two global company groups Novartis and Hoffmann – La Roche. Friday 21, 9:30 am-3 pm

Accompanying Person: Monika Wechsler

Roche Tower

We will first visit the new Novartis Campus, which has been turned into a modern workplace including first-class architecture and exquisite design. Over the past decade the campus, which lies in a traditional city quarter, has seen the construction of 14 new buildings and has thus been transformed into a state-of-the-art campus that provides an ideal workspace to its more than 7,000 associates. We will hear about the history and work philosophy of the campus and see the office and laboratory buildings from the outside, with expert guidance around the facility by Novartis employees. This tour along the site’s principal axis includes numerous buildings by architects such as Diener & Diener, Sejima & Nishizawa (SANAA), Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield, Tadao Ando and others, as well as various artworks and green areas.

After the tour we will have the opportunity to visit the Knowledge Center and hear from our co-workers about their work within this company.

After crossing the river with the traditional Basel ferry boat, we will have a casual lunch in a buvette along the river banks of the Rhine and stroll along the river to the brand new Roche Tower. With its 178 m, it is the highest building in Basel. We will have the opportunity to experience the highlights of the building, to view work and break zones, to learn about the building elements that are typical of the architectural style of Otto Rudolf Salvisberg, and last but not least, learn about Roche and take a look at Basel. Besides enjoying the view over the city and as far as Germany and France, we will also hear about it.

  • Start time: 9:30 am at Novartis Main gate (Fabrikstrasse, 4056 Basel)
  • End time: 3 pm at Hoffmann La Roche (Grenzacherstr. 124, 4058 Basel)
  • Maximum number of participants: 12
  • Costs: Visits are free; fee for light lunch and transportation: 30 CHF

Basel : Bike Tour “Three countries within one hour” Friday 21, 10 am-2:30 pm

Accompanying Person: Christoph Wehrmüller

Pylon marking the tripoint border
(photo: Basel Tourism)

Have you ever travelled through three countries within one hour? Visit our two neighbouring countries Germany and France during a guided tour on bicycles. Starting at the main train station in Basel, we will follow the river Rhine past the architecturally impressive Novartis campus down to the international border and enter France. Our tour will lead us through the little Alsatian town of Huningue. Two kilometres further down the river, we will cross the Rhine using the “Dreiländerbrücke” which takes us directly to Germany. A short loop through Weil am Rhein will bring us back to Switzerland and to the port area of Basel with the “Dreiländereck” pylon marking the geographic tripoint at which the boundaries of the three countries meet. Return to the main station along the riverbanks of the Rhine and through the old town of Basel.

  • Starting time: 10:00 am
  • Starting point: Basel main station SBB/CFF
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Maximum number of participants: 15
  • Cost: 31 Euro / CHF 35.00 for rental bikes and snack

Zurich : City Tour, Architecture and Libraries. Friday 21, 9:15 am-4 pm

Accompanying Person: Anna Schlosser

Zurich University Calatrava Library (photo: Franck Brüderli)

Discover downtown Zurich. Walking down from the university hill through quaint alleyways to the Limmat and across the river to the Roman beginning of Zurich you can discover all the main sights of the old town like University, Kunsthaus Zurich (art museum) and the 3 important churches Grossmünster (possibility to climb the Charles Tower with a glorious view), Fraumünster with glass windows by Marc Chagall and St. Peter church with the largest clock face in Europe. From Lindenhof, the Roman fort, it is a short step to the shopping area Bahnhofstrasse and to the main train station.

The University building by Karl Moser and the building of the ETH Polytechnic Institute Zurich by Gottfried Semper dominate the hill above the river Limmat and the old town.

University of Zurich – Law Library

Santiago Calatrava , now famous for many bridges and buildings for public transport throughout the world, studied at the ETH Zurich and created the Bahnhof Stadelhofen in early years. In 2004 the library of  the Faculty of Law was inaugurated, a hanging building in an inner court of a classic university building. “Books are heavy, but knowledge is light” Calatrava tried to express in the awesome building.

University of Zurich  Main Library – Medicine Careum

This Library opened its doors in 2004 as an integrated information centre for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich, University Hospital Zurich, the Careum Training Centre and the Careum School of Health for Nursing and Allied Professions.

  • Meeting point and ticket distribution : 9:15 am, above platform 8 on the left hand side coming from the main entrance of the station – Interactive station map
  • Departure: 9:33 am from Basel Main Station
  • Arrival in Zurich: 10:32 am Zurich Main Station
  • Arrival at Library of Law Calatrava 11:15 am – presentation, refreshments
  • 12:15 am Hauptbibliothek – Medicine Careum: guided tour and light lunch offered by the library
  • 2-4 pm Walk through old town – possibility to leave for airport
  • Maximum number of participants : 20
  • Cost: Visits are free; fee for transportation (return train ticket) 48 Euro / CHF 55.00

Freiburg i. Breisgau (Germany) : Freiburg University Library Friday 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Accompanying Person: Sabine Buroh

University Library Freiburg

The Freiburg University Library, after re-opening its doors in July of 2015, is among the largest and most modern library buildings in Europe. Not only does the library’s spectacular new form make for an architectural exclamation mark, but it also provides its patrons with first-rate service and an optimal environment for study and work.

Following the design by Heinrich Degelo (Degelo Architekten, Basel / Itten+Brechbühl), the renovation phase lasted from 2009 to 2015. In the context of renewing the older building’s light- and energy-concept along with its climate control, the building received a completely new facade made of stainless steel and glass.

The building’s key characteristic is its permeability between the – for the most part – freely accessible open-stacks and the non-circulating collection on the floors above. These also offer more than 1,700 study spaces for the patrons: from traditional quiet areas to modern learning lounges.

Another special feature is the media centre, which is located in the building with 2 radio transmitters and a television studio.

  • Start time: 9:30 am at Basel Bad Bahnhof
  • Freiburg University Library visit: 11 am-12:15 am
  • Lunch in the city 12:15 am-2 pm  (cost not included in the fee)
  • Visit of the Uniseum (University Museum) 2 pm-3:30 pm
  • Departure: 3:35 pm Freiburg Bahnhof (or free time in Freiburg: Tourist information about Freiburg)
  • End time: 4:30 pm Basel Bad Bahnhof
  • Maximum number of participants : 20
  • Cost: 26 Euro / CHF 30.00 for transportation

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