Roche's slick new office tower opens its doors at Basel HQ

Phase one of Roche's ($RHHBY) brand-new, enlarged Basel, Switzerland, HQ is now open, featuring a 41-story tower designed by local architects Herzog & de Meuron. The tower--which Pierre de Meuron told designboom was designed "first and foremost with the patterns of movement and communication needs of its occupants in mind"--is heated entirely with the site's waste heat and contains a 500-seat auditorium, the magazine reports. It's also the tallest building in Switzerland. More