Virchow 16 - Novartis Campus, Basel
A green atrium, crisscrossed by several passages, extends from the third floor to below the roof opening of the Virchow-16 building. It connects the closed laboratory areas with the office and common areas opposite, which are open to the green space. The planting concept of the atrium is oriented towards the lower layers of the rainforest with the use of shade-tolerant ground covers and climbing plants growing upwards and laterally towards the light. When viewed from above, the ground presents itself as a colourful mosaic of different plants of varying heights.
A green façade comprising various hanging and climbing plants adorns the west side of the building. Assorted evergreen and deciduous plants create a constantly changing spectrum of shapes and colours throughout the year. The curtain of plants over the full-surface glass façade forms the actual closure of the rooms. In addition to the varying external appearance of the building, this deliberately created cycle also influences the feeling of the inner space. It makes it possible to experience the development of plants directly.