Forum 3, Novartis Campus, 
Basel

Room of Plants

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The Room of Plants in the Novartis office building houses a large variety of plants, distributed much as they would be in their natural habitats into ground, bush, and tree levels. The selection refers to the different characteristics of these plants – from the medicinal to the purely decorative.
In the intensive environment of daily work, this ”Space for Plants” also offers a welcome diversion within the normal course of office life. On entering the Plant Rooms, people directly experience an abundance of impressions through their senses: constantly changing views of the plants and the smell of growth and decay. Similar to an urban passageway, one is immersed for a brief moment in time into a different climate, while the façades are turned into backdrops. Analogous to the actual rain forest, each storey presents another view of nature through its windows: giant tree trunks from the first floor, some of them up to twelve metres high and weighing over ten tons; dense branches, orchids and rampant greenery from the second floor; and the tangled foliage of treetops and lianas from the third and fourth floors.
Due to plant pest the trees had to be  removed in 2009.

Client 
Novartis Pharma AG
Basel
Architecure 
Diener & Diener Architekten
Basel
mit Helmut Federle und Gerold Wiederin
Period 
2003
– 2005
Surface area 
180m2