11. National Library of Israel

Jerusalem, Israel
Competition 2013, project 2013 – planned completion 2021

The sculptural form of the upper volume is a singular carved stone shaped by its surroundings. The triangular plan reflects the shape of the site.

The building’s curved, elevated and cantilevered form necessitates a contemporary take on the cut Jerusalem limestone found throughout the rest of the city.

Underground stacks contain the majority of the library’s physical collection and form the foundation of the building.

A void, consisting of offset circles and culminating in a large circular skylight, passes through each of the levels and connects the reading-room, public spaces, and administrative areas to the collection below. Wooden bookshelves line the void, letting the books shape the visual experience of the space.

Fundamental to the future success of the library is the transparency with which its activities and the collections are displayed. The gestalt plan of the vitrines provides a variety of spatial configurations and programmatic relationships.

12. M+ by Herzog & de Meuron

Hong Kong
Competition 2012-2013, project 2013 – planned completion 2020

M+ is a cultural center for 20th and 21st-century art, design, architecture, and the moving image designed by Herzog & de Meuron. As such, it embraces the entire spectrum of spaces, means of display and activities related to exhibiting and viewing these media. The spaces range from the conventional white cube, reconfigurable spaces, screening rooms and multipurpose facilities to so-called third spaces and even an “Industrial Space”.

13. Jade Signature by Herzog & de Meuron

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, USA
Project 2012-2014, realization 2014-2018

Jade stands in contrast to the wall of parking plinths that usually form a barrier between the city and the beach. The relationship with nature, the environment, and the surroundings are at the core of this project designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

The overall form is quiet. Its volume is oriented to maximize the sun exposure on the beach.

In this tower, the details provide architectural identity. The exterior of Jade expresses the inner organization of the residential units. Slabs articulate the individual floors and windows are recessed to reduce their visual impact. These walls are shaped to respond to their particular position between apartments, bedrooms or within deep terraces.

14. Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France
Competition 2010-2011, project 2011-2012, realization 2013-2015

The new Bordeaux stadium appears light and open; it is elegant. It’s purity and geometrical clarity inspires a sense of monumentality and gracefulness. The fusion of stairs and columns forms a gesture of openness and accessibility. At once dense and light, this structure designed by Herzog & de Meuron creates an evanescent rectangular volume from which the sculpted and organic outline of the bowl emerges.

Seating a maximum of 42,000 people, the bowl embraces the game area, its geometry affording optimal visibility for all, along with the maximum flexibility in terms of capacity and usage. Its transparency reveals all the energy and activities that will transform this piece of land into a new and vibrant part of Bordeaux.

15. Beijing National Stadium

Beijing, China, 2008

This magnificent stadium, popularly known as the “bird’s nest” from the tangle of twisted metal pieces that make up its architectural structure, was built with the primary objective of being the main stage of the Olympic games

The entire structure designed by Herzog & de Meuron, visible from the outside, mirrors the branches of the nests that working together with each other achieve unimaginable resistance to the elements.

What makes this even more complex project is the fact that the “nest” is not only walls and roof, but also houses the stairs and facade. The domestic routes are “marked” by elements of spaced sotillos of slate and bamboo, stone blocks and covered gardens that reflect some of the symbols of Chinese culture.

16. 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron

Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Project 2005-2008, realization 2008-2010

The mixed-use development called 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach comprises four different parcels. An existing building, the former Suntrust building, is renewed since the bank has left the building to be accommodated around the corner. A mixed-use structure for parking, retail, and a private residence becomes attached to the Suntrust building. A two-story building with the relocated bank on the ground floor and four residences on the upper floor faces Alton Road, with a landscaped alley and surface parking lot behind it

The car park is an organism made up of a family of concrete slabs, deployed as floor plates, columns, and ramps. The location and form of these elements result from a series of forces acting upon each other, a complex overlapping of site and building code requirements, combined with program choices and the aspiration to both integrate with Lincoln Road Mall and to formulate its beginning at the corner of Alton Road.

17. Prada Aoyama by Herzog & de Meuron

Tokyo, Japan
Project 2000-2002, realization 2001-2003

The shape of the building is substantially influenced by the angle of incidence of the local profile. Depending on where the viewer is standing, the body of the building will look more like a crystal or like an archaic type of building with a saddle roof. The ambivalent, always changing and oscillating character of the building’s identity is heightened by the sculptural effect of its glazed surface structure. The rhomboid-shaped grid on the façade is clad on all sides with a combination of convex, concave or flat panels of glass. The material used in this building designed by Herzog & de Meuron in such a way that both traditional and radically contemporary aspects appear as self-evident and equal components of today’s global culture.

18. De Young Museum

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA
Competition 1999, project 2000-2002, realization 2002-2005

The architecture of the new building seeks to communicate this diversity; it is an embodiment of the open-ended concept of art fostered by the museum. It expresses the distinctiveness of different cultures and, at the same time, it is a place of common ground, where diversity meets and intersects.

The tripartite structure of the buildings that rub against each other like continental shelves makes it possible for the Golden Gate Park to penetrate the museum. The roof is conceived as a filigreed structure that casts intricate patterns of light and shadow on the ground

19. Allianz Arena


The stadium is designed by Herzog & de Meuron so that the main entrance to the stadium would be from an elevated esplanade separated from the parking space consisting of Europe’s biggest underground car park. The roof of the stadium has built-in roller blinds which may be drawn back and forth during games to protect from the sun.

The arena facade is constructed of 2,874 ETFE-foil air panels that are kept inflated with dry air to a differential pressure of 3.5 Pa. The panels appear white from far away but when examined closely, there are little dots on the panels. Each panel can be independently lit with white, red, or blue light. The panels are lit for each game with the colors of the respective home team—red for Bayern Munich, blue for TSV and white for the German national football team.

20. Roche Building 1

Roche Basel Site, Basel, Switzerland
Project 2009–2011, Realization 2011

Building 1 is the tallest and most distinctive building on the Roche site in Basel. A high-rise typology developed to visualizes and fosters the internal organization and communication within the various departments.

The building is a 41-story, 178m tall high-rise, tapering towards the top. The simple yet striking shape and the height of the building firmly anchor the Roche grounds within the urban setting

It is flexible and provides attractive workplaces and infrastructural facilities for the staff. The challenge lay in creating an urban environment rather than a mono-functional office building in which each separate floor is accessed only via one central core.

21. Konzerthaus München

Munich, Germany
Competition 2016-2017

25 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Konzerthaus München - Sheet125 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Konzerthaus München - Sheet2A democratic drive to promote the redesign of the industrial quarter designed by Herzog & de Meuron with a generous view of the entire city of Munich. Three urban interventions will lead the way.

A Boulevard of Music A broad boulevard will span the railroad tracks like a bridge, linking the new music quarter with the Ostbahnhof and the city center. A trio of high-rise buildings some 80 meters high that accentuate the new music quarter within the urban fabric of the city as a whole.

The Concert Hall as a Centerpiece. As a social sculpture, it will be the expression of an open, democratic society like the Centre Pompidou and at the same time, a classical concert hall such as the 19th century Opéra Garnier or like one of the magnificent Philharmonic Halls built in recent decades

The Hall as a Hearth: The shape is familiar, not individualistic, no architectural whimsy, and yet unmistakably iconic. Similarly, the large hall is at once archaic and radically modern. The music emanates from the center like the bright light of a fire around which people congregate, seated together in a circle and focused on the music.

22. Basel Nordspitze by Herzog & de Meuron

Basel, Switzerland
Competition 2017

25 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Basel Nordspitze - Sheet125 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Basel Nordspitze - Sheet2The density is ensured by three high-rise buildings and a permeable block consisting of single mid-rise buildings similar in height to those in Gundeldingen. These individual buildings stand close together around a publicly accessible space – in contrast to the continuous street fronts in the historical neighborhood. The round shape of the three high-rises identifies them as a family, while their inner orthogonal structure makes them relatives of the mid-rise buildings that form the block.

The transformation of the Nordspitze can be implemented in clear-cut, flexible stages, offering opportunities for investors, both large and small. The development of the area is crucially influenced by the conviction that value creation and socially oriented uses can be mutually enriching.

23. Titlis 3020 by Herzog & de Meuron

Engelberg, Switzerland
Project 2017

The Klein Titlis, at an altitude of some 3000 meters (10,000 feet), is one of the first striking peaks of the Alps.

The beam antenna tower consists of an extremely rigid steel structure. The same technique of industrial steel construction will be applied to two horizontal architectural volumes that will be inserted in the existing structure. The result is an iconic cruciform shape that will transform the building, originally erected for purely infrastructural purposes, into a striking landmark.

Summit Station: The gondola station is like a flat crystal growing out of the mountain, like a geological structure that pushes its way out of the glacier, forming a kind of rostrum but with a low-lying silhouette

24. Badaevskiy Brewery, Redevelopment

Moscow, Russia
Project 2017

25 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Badaevskiy Brewery, Redevelopment - Sheet125 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Badaevskiy Brewery, Redevelopment - Sheet2Factory Area in the Heart of Moscow. The Badaevskiy Brewery project aims to redevelop the six-hectares old factory area

The new building on the site designed by Herzog & de Meuron could be described as a piece of city lifted in the air. The building does not fly; it rather sits on many slender stilts like an elevated lodge in the forest. The stilts connect the building with the ground and the park-like trunks of trees.

The elevated building consists of approximately 100,000 m² of a residential area. The apartments are highly individualized in terms of layout and facade expression and command sweeping panoramic views with their fully glazed facades.

25. Herzog & de MeuronVancouver Art Gallery 

Vancouver, Canada
Project 2014

25 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Vancouver Art Gallery - Sheet125 Iconic Projects by Herzog & de Meuron every Architect Should Know - Vancouver Art Gallery - Sheet2The proposal for the new Vancouver Art Gallery is a sculptural, symmetrical, upright building. From an urban standpoint, it is a classical type: a recognizable public building along a prominent boulevard designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

The low building densifies and activates the public realm around the new Vancouver Art Gallery by providing an active and accessible, continuous street front

The Gallery lobby below the courtyard is accessed by a sweeping ceremonial staircase between Cambie Street, the courtyard and the lobby. A suite of galleries and education studios unfold around the lobby.

The tall building is an upright symmetrical figure, sculpted to express its inner life and to respond to the local climate. The building rests on four cores, rising 40 feet above the courtyard.

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Jahnavi Patil is a young enthusiastic writer who is passionate about architecture and architectural philosophy. She is currently studying architecture at Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai.

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