Quality control and quality assurance, Lab building for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Kaiseraugst AG

Quality as the central element

The lab building for quality control plays an important part in the release of Roche products. The architectural focus lies on ensuring that the modern analytical equipment functions perfectly and on creating flexible, modular structures with a view to future adaptations. The horizontal bands are the main feature of the simple, linear architecture of the building. The view from the outside is dominated by the high proportion of glass which creates rooms on the inside which are flooded with light. The CC façade is a system component of the overall energy concept of the building. The labs and evaluation areas are to be found on the first four floors. The large labs with their modular set-up are characteristic for the building. On the ground floor there are meeting rooms, a cafeteria and offices.


Year 2012
Contact person Jürg Toffol
Client F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
General planner Itten+Brechbühl AG
Architects Itten+Brechbühl AG; Nissen Wentzlaff Architekten BSA SIA AG (pre-project)
Planning 2009-2010
Start of construction 2010
Start of operation 2012
Surface 12 600 m2
Construction volume 55 000 m3
Laboratory workstations 160
Office workplaces 60
Photos Ruedi Walti
Beat Ernst