Basel is considered to be the architectural capital of Switzerland. Apart from the beautiful old town, architectural masterpieces by major international names such as Richard Meier, Frank O. Gehry and Mario Botta enrich the cityscape. Deeply embedded in the historic fabric of the city are the pre-eminent Roche Towers designed by Herzog & de Meuron, for example. Mario Botta has also created two highlights of modern architecture in Basel, namely the BIS Building and the Tinguely Museum.
The buildings on the Novartis Campus are real eye-catchers. Each one was built by a different architect, and plays its part in creating an exciting overall impression. The City of Basel offers regular tours through the site, which is currently not open to the public. The familiar face of the city is rounded off by the new building at the Basel Kunstmuseum, the façade of which consists of grey hand-finished tiles and is the work of architects Christ & Gantenbein.