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Actelion Business Center, Switzerland

Allschwil Offices Development, Switzerland design by Herzog & de Meuron Architects

post updated 8 September 2021 ; 20 Jan 2011

Actelion Business Center

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron

Actelion Opens New Business Center

Location: Allschwil, near Basel – district of Arlesheim, canton of Basel-Country, Switzerland

Actelion Business Center, Allschwil Building

Affirming the company’s belief in Switzerland

Actelion Ltd (SIX: ATLN) announces the official opening of its new Business Center in a ceremony attended by Federal President Doris Leuthard and other representatives from politics, business and science.

Building exterior:
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Dr. Jean-Paul Clozel, Chief Executive Officer of Actelion said: “After a three-year construction phase, we are delighted to be able to hand over the building to our employees. The architecture stands for innovation, openness and communication and thus symbolizes core values of our company.“ Jean-Paul Clozel added that “The new Business Center offers our employees an innovative, inspiring work environment.“

The five-floor steel building created by the architects’ office of Herzog & de Meuron offers space for 350 employees from central business functions that were previously housed mostly in temporary buildings on the site of the Actelion Center.

The Business Center is the heart of the growing Actelion Center in Allschwil near Basel, where currently over 1000 people are employed. With the opening of the building, the company is affirming its belief in Switzerland as a center for its business.

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Actelion Business Center Switzerland – Building Information

Building period: Aug 2007 – Dec 2010

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron

Office for 350 workplaces
2 basement floors
6 upper floors (incl. ground floor)
Auditorium (seating for 120 persons)
Restaurant (seating for 230 persons)
150 parking spaces

Technical data and costs:
Plot size: 7610 sqm
Floor area of building: 3190 sqm
Building dimensions: Length: 80 m
Width: 80 m
Height: 21 m
Volume of building: 104,500 m3 (65,900 m3 above ground, 37,600 m3 underground)
Floor space: 27,470 sqm
Facade area: 15,020 sqm
Costs: CHF 130 million

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Site Development

The Business Center is the heart of the growing Actelion Center in the Bachgraben area of Allschwil. The next step will see the completion and opening of Actelion’s second research and development building in 2011. Laboratories and offices will be created there that offer space for a total of 380 employees.


Actelion is a biopharmaceutical company with its corporate headquarters in Allschwil/Basel, Switzerland. Actelion’s first drug Tracleer®, an orally available dual endothelin receptor antagonist, has been approved as a therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Actelion markets Tracleer® through its own subsidiaries in key markets worldwide, including the United States (based in South San Francisco), the European Union, Japan, Canada, Australia and Switzerland. Actelion, founded in late 1997, is a leading player in innovative science related to the endothelium – the single layer of cells separating every blood vessel from the blood stream. Actelion’s over 2,400 employees focus on the discovery, development and marketing of innovative drugs for significant unmet medical needs. Actelion shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: ATLN) as part of the Swiss blue-chip index SMI (Swiss Market Index SMI®). In January 2017, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would purchase the company for $30 billion.

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Location: Allschwil, Arlesheim, Basel-Country, Switzerland, central Europe

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