Helvetia Commissions Herzog & de Meuron to Extend Headquarters

Herzog & de Meuron has been commissioned to design the fourth and final extension to Helvetia’s Head Office in St. Gallen. The new west wing will join three other structures, all of which share the same uniform facade treatment, to complete the insurance company’s headquarters and provide a prominent entrance, cafe, meeting rooms and additional office space.

3XN Selected to Design Olympic Committee Headquarters in Switzerland

The International Olympic Committee has selected Danish firm 3XN to design their new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The firm beat out Toyo Ito, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, and OMA to design a new administrative campus for the committee alongside Lake Geneva. ‘The Olympic Movement has many expressions that are about people coming together in the best possible way,”said  Kim […]

3XN Beats Out OMA, Toyo Ito, Others to Design Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced 3XN as the winner of the competition to design the IOC’s new headquarters in , Switzerland. The decision to choose the Denmark-based firm over eleven firms, including OMA, Toyo Ito, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), follows a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College.

The 14,000 square meter Headquarters will be part of a greater ‘Olympic campus’ of administrative buildings, located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva.

The entire shortlist and more from 3XN, after the break…

Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal and Creative Director of 3XN, says: ‘This is an incredible honour for our studio. The Olympic Movement has many expressions that are about people coming together in the best possible way. We have designed the new IOC Headquarters as a physical expression of the Olympic Movement and its values expressed through Architecture.’

3XN’s proposal was chosen over 11 others from the following firms:

  • Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
  • OMA
  • Jean Marc IBOS – Myrto Vitart
  • XDGA – Xaveer De Geyter Architecten B.V.B.A
  • Brasil Arquitetura
  • Groupe 3 Architectes S.N.C
  • Amanda Levete Architects
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
  • PIUARCH S.r.l
  • Diller Scofidio & Renfro
  • Farshid Moussavi Architecture

3XN’s concept will be revealed at a later date by the IOC.

New exhibition showcases the work of Swiss architect Gion A Caminada

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        The timber and stone buildings of Gion A Caminada, a cult figure in Swiss architecture, will feature in an <a title="Exhibitions archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/exhibitions-tag/">exhibition</a> opening next month at the House of Art in the Czech city of České Budějovice (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/16/gion-a-caminada/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Roduit Studio / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Civil Engineer: Alpatec sa, Martigny

From the architect. The client wanted a painting and sculpture studio of around fifty square metres as an extension to the existing house and studio situated just a few metres away from the land to be used for the new structure.
The narrowness of the plot and local regulations considerably affected the form of the building, which stretches out narrowly along the length of the meadow. Its unusual shape allowed the door and window openings to be placed to give a focus on the valley and on the mountains opposite. Outside, the studio extends over a terrace that is related to its surroundings and creates a visual connection with the existing house. Other rooms, such as the wood store in the basement and the small garden storage area, were added as the project developed. The access points to the building were positioned along the length of the steeply-sloping ground so that it was altered as little as possible. The same applied to the roof, which likewise follows the incline of the plot.
The material highlights the rocky backdrop, while complying with the regulatory requirement for 30% of the façade to be of wood. For this reason, the concrete used was not only lined with lengths of wood, but also had box-outs enabling lengths of weathered-finish wood to be fitted flush to the outside wall subsequently. The fluid transition between these two materials defines the unity of the structure. Inside, particular attention has been paid to the use of a neutral finish on the walls, which is why they have been insulated on the inside, covered with plaster and painted white. The storage shelves, benches and sinks were cast in situ, uniting the external wall of the studio with its interior to form a harmonious whole.
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Roduit House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: ,
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Civil Engineer: Alpatec sa, Martigny
Hvac Engineer: Tecnoservice Engineering sa, Martigny

From the architect. This building was constructed in stages from 1814 onwards and was used as a rural house. It is made up of three adjacent areas on different levels. On the ground floor it is crossed by an access way which indicates the presence of a former right of way to the next-door building.
The imposing proximity of the rocks and its stone construction lend this building a unity with its surroundings and a very strong mineral character. The renovation project seeks to maintain and reinforce this character, emphasising the existing stone structure while using concrete for the parts to be replaced, in order to create a completely mineral feel to the whole.
The exterior volume has not been changed. The stone façades have been preserved and lined inside with an insulating layer of concrete based on foamed recycled glass (misapor). This insulating lining forms the new load-bearing structure, reinforces the old stone walls and provides thermal insulation. The parts of the façade formerly of timber weatherboarding have been replaced by a monolithic wall of insulating concrete with formwork which reproduces the former texture of the timber. The former window apertures have been retained and some larger windows added in order to let more natural light into the main interior spaces and to provide views over the surrounding landscape. These new windows are flush with the exterior in order to minimise their impact on the volume of the building, as well as to emphasise and make good use of the substantial thickness of the walls.
With its good thermal insulation, controlled ventilation and energy from renewable sources, this renovation complies with the swiss “minergie” energy conservation standard. 23 m² of solar panels on the roof produce about 35% of the annual heating requirement (heating and hot water).
In harmony with the exterior, the interior is formed from unrefined mineral materials, with its natural stone, exposed concrete and polished screed floors. Only a few elements, such as the kitchen or the sanitary fittings, are in contrast to this character.
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Boisset House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Architects: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Location: Le Biolley, Orsières,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

From the architect. In a small existing cabin of 16 m2 in the alps, the project was to update the old wooden house from its original agricultural use and take more advantage of the surrounding landscape to create a contemporary comfortable holiday home.
The exterior was left virtually untouched, save the renovation of the original parts for safety and the creation on new openings for improved solar gain during the freezing winter months. A stone foundation spanning the height of one floor supports the wooden construction above. Organized in three levels, the entry is kept on the middle floor where the owners are greeted by the kitchen and living room.
Partly below ground on the steep hillside is the children’s bedroom and bathroom, half-way embedded into the earth, with a window made in the original cattle door. The upper story contains the master bedroom with arguably the best views over the valley. The rugged aged exterior is contrasted drastically by the new interior, clad entirely with larch panels with special attention to craftsmanship that creates a stunningly clean and inviting atmosphere.
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Swiss Firm Offers Bubbly Shelter to Bus Travelers

As of late bus stops are proving to be unexpectedly fertile grounds for architectural innovation. Swiss architects Vehovar & Jauslin are the latest to try their hand at the task in the form of a seemingly floating structure that provides shelter for a bus hub in Aarau, Switzerland. The canopy was realized with the help […]

Casa C / Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten

Architects: Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten
Location: Reckingen-Gluringen, Switzerland
Area: 244.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia, Courtesy of Camponovo Baumgartner Architekten

From the architect. The 100-year-old “Casa C” is located in the center of Reckingen, facing the church. Reckingen is a typical settlement in this mountain valley.
Houses and barns are divided in separate units. The small-scaled barns form a landscape of close-standing, dark wooden buildings with narrow alleys in between. There are only few stone buildings, among them, the white plastered baroque church. The churches scale is enormous, compared to the wooden barns.
The barn consists of two units. Structurally, each of the units utilites the traditional layout of the barn, with a lower floor, formerly used to house animals, and an upper floor, formerly used as a hay loft.
Due to new animal protection laws, the owner had to permanently close the barn. Tearing down the barn to build a new construction was not possible because it is part of the historic village center and a protected monument. Therefore, the task was to convert the barn without destroying its outer facade.
The main structure of the barn was kept. The structure of the middle wall was as well important to the concept.
The new weekend house was conceived as a building inside the hay lofts. The inner facade is twice detaches from its outer shell. Thus, two non-heated alcoves are developed, one in each hay loft, exposing the original height and wood-structure of the space.
One of them serves as an entrance space, the other is in front of the living room and can be used as a Loggia. The inner facades were generously glazed to visually enlarge the living room to the exterior facades and to create a connection between the old and the new elements.
The open stairs, in former times used to bring the hay from above to the barn below, serves today as the entrance stair for the house.
The holiday unit consists of a undulating living space and small kept private rooms. The historic wall, in the middle of the house, is twice removed. A spiral path rises through rooms with different size, hight and orientation and connects the two floors. This area offers great views of the mountains. The sleeping rooms are joined as niches to the living space. Finally, the doors and the cupboards are integrated into the walls.
The construction consists entirely of wood. The floor is made of native larch, the walls and ceilings are made of a high quality birch inlay, which contrasts the dark old wood oft he “log house“ facade. The roof is newly covered with larch shingles. All the surfaces are untreated and exposed to natural deterioration.
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Richter Dahl Rocha Develops Innovative Façade for SwissTech Convention Center

Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés’ ”ultramodern” SwissTech Convention Center opened its doors today. Housing a 3,000-seat modular amphitheater which can be converted from conference auditorium, to exhibition hall, to banquet room in only fifteen minutes, the convention center is the first large-scale convention hall to use EPFL‘s dye-sensitized solar cells (also known as Grätzel Cells).  This latest addition to the campus’s northern quarter already contains a collection of commercial stores and over 500 housing units. Its construction puts the finishing touch too what has been described as a “living campus where students can now stay on campus both night and day.”
“The Congress Center, positioned like a ‘beveled stone’ at the campus’ northern gradually detaches from the ground while releasing a large glass surface facing south and north allowing natural light into the vast conference room. The latter can be subdivided into different configurations – from several small rooms up to a flat large room used for banquets and events. These partitions are possible thanks to systems of movable walls and retractable seats.”
“The supporting structure of the center, shaped like a catamaran, is made of two large three-dimensional metallic beams supported on two pairs of reinforced concrete service cores that are located at the center and north of the building. On the south, these beams are cantilevered. The anodized aluminum external coating contrasts with the more intimate and refined character of the natural wood interior trim. In turn, the light interior coating contrasts with the vertical cores imposing presence and with the large hall balconies.”
“300 square meters of dye photovoltaic cells are integrated into the western façade of the building. This constitutes the first application of this technology on a public building. The translucent panels make use of an invention by Michael Grätzel, a researcher at Apart from being translucent, the angle of incidence of light makes no difference to the cells, which can be vertically deployed without any loss in performance. In addition to generating electricity from renewable sources, they protect the building from direct sunlight and thus reduce the necessity for using cooling energy.” This could be a first stage towards their more widespread production and use.
“Due to the unstable terrain where it was built, the center rests on 200 piles. Five of them are experimental thermic piles with a depth of 20 meters. They are embedded in concrete and do not only constitute structural foundation and support elements, but also function as heat exchangers.”

Architects: Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés
Location: Route de Blévallaire, University of Lausanne, 1015 Ecublens, Switzerland
Interior Designer: RDR Design SA
Landscaping: L’Atelier du Paysage Jean-Yves Le Baron
Civil Engineers: Ingeni, Daniel Willi
Facade Engineering: BCS
Ventilation Engineering: RG Riedweg & Gendre
Sanitary Engineering: Duchein
Electrical Engineering: Betelec
Acoustic Engineering: AAB J-Stryjenski, H. Monti
Safety Engineering: Hautle Anderegg + Partner
Geotechnical Engineering: Karakas & Français
Area: 41822.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of SwissTech Convention Center and Northern District

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Wooden pavilion by Ramser Schmid Architekten built beside Swiss library

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        This wooden <a title="Pavilions archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/pavilions-tag/">pavilion</a> with a protruding canopy was designed by Ramser Schmid Architekten to offer a sheltered outdoor seating area for visitors to the city <a title="Libraries archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/libraries">library</a> in Zug, <a title="Switzerland on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/switzerland/">Switzerland</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/02/city-park-pavilion-zug-ramser-schmid-architekten-switzerland/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>