Architecture Exhibit — From Building to Campus

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is holding a public exhibition to showcase design proposals to enhance its headquarters site in Basel. The exhibition "From Building to Campus" showcases 11 designs submitted by leading architects as part of an international architectural competition. Participants were tasked with designing modern facilities, adjacent to the existing Tower, to accommodate the future development of global meetings of central bankers and growth in BIS activities, building an inclusive and adaptable space for staff and visitors, balancing social and environmental sustainability, and integrating into the Basel cityscape.
The exhibition is being held on the top floor of the iconic BIS Tower. The displays offer an immersive architectural experience and show how the different proposals helped the 11-member jury to select the most suitable design. They include models of the designs and illustrations as well as excerpts from project descriptions.
The winning design, from renowned Chilean architects ELEMENTAL, led by Alejandro Aravena, and local Basel firm Nissen Wentzlaff Studio, led by Daniel Wentzlaff, was the jury’s unanimous pick for its innovative and sustainable design, with extensive use of timber and a forest-like façade. Visitors can see how the design would fit into the urban landscape and watch the architects explain their vision and inspiration.
The BIS campus development is currently in the design and planning phase, which is expected to last until 2027. If the project goes ahead, construction is likely to last until 2031.
A visit to the exhibition is free, but visitors must register in advance at for a certain date and time. Register soon because there are only few spots left!


Bank for International Settlements
Centralbahnplatz 2
4002 Basel

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