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Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd is a Swiss architecture firm founded in 1978 with the head office in Basel Switzerland. It is a partnership firm led by five Senior Partners – Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach.
The partnership has grown over the years – Christine Binswanger joined the practice as Partner in 1994, successively followed by Robert Hösl and Ascan Mergenthaler in 2004, Stefan Marbach in 2006, David Koch and Markus Widmer in 2008, Esther Zumsteg in 2009, Andreas Fries in 2011, and Vladimir Pajkic in 2012. An international team of 34 Associates and about 300 collaborators are working on projects across Europe, North and South America and Asia. The firm’s head office is in Basel with branch offices in Hamburg, London, Madrid and New York.
Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest of honors in architecture. The Jury chairman J. Carter Brown commented, "It’s hard to find the architects in history that have addressed the integument of architecture with greater imagination and virtuosity like Herzog & de Meuron does." This was in reference to HdM's innovative use of exterior materials and treatments, such as silkscreened glass. Architecture critic and Pritzker juror Ada Louise Huxtable summarized HdM's approach concisely: "They refine the traditions of modernism to elemental simplicity, while transforming materials and surfaces through the exploration of new treatments and techniques. In 2006, the New York Times Magazine called them "one of the most admired architecture firms in the world.
Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. While many of their projects are highly recognized public facilities, such as their stadiums and museums, they have also completed several distinguished private projects including apartment buildings, offices and factories. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including “The Pritzker Architecture Prize“ (USA) in 2001, the “RIBA Royal Gold Medal“ (UK) and the “Praemium Imperiale“ (Japan), both in 2007.