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Dreispitz North

Basel, Switzerland

Competition 1st prize 2017


Cooperative Migros Basel, Switzerland
Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland


Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland

Team ZPF

Franck Mahler, Fabio Pesavento, Nico Ros, Sali Sadikaj, Kay Unterer, Manuel Wehrle

The transformation of the former duty-free depot Dreispitz in a mixed-use urban quarter is one of Basel’s largest urban developments since the start of the 21st century. As site owner, the Christoph Merian Foundation is funding this change, together with Canton Basel City and Migros Cooperative Basel, which has been operating at this location since the 1930s. The northern end of the Dreispitz site, right on the edge of Basel’s city centre, is simultaneously the eastern continuation of Gundeldingen, a so-called ‘Gründerzeit’ quarter.


Herzog & de Meuron’s winning project from the Dreispitz North competition was shown to the public in December 2017. It has since been significantly enhanced and concretised as a guideline project, and was presented as such in October 2020, forming the basis for the development plan, which is to be submitted to the Basel City Cantonal Parliament for approval in mid-2021. ZPF Ingenieure has been working on this project since the competition phase, in Herzog & de Meuron’s team.


Over the coming years, the large Migros Cooperative Basel shopping centre, with a hardware shop and huge car park, is to become a lively urban district with an identity of its own, thanks to a diverse mix of uses. Today’s asphalt car-park surface will be replaced by two spacious parks with plenty of greenery. In addition to 800 attractive flats, a renovated shopping centre of unchanged size, office and commercial spaces, a neighbourhood centre, a youth centre, cafés, restaurants, shops, leisure facilities and educational facilities are all planned. Moreover, Canton Basel City has decided to build a secondary school with a triple gymnasium on the large roof surface.

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