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.
Beat Consoni - Seestrasse house, Horn 1995.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced 3XN as the winner of the competition to design the IOC’s new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The decision to choose the Denmark-based firm over eleven other 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
- 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.
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/16/gion-a-caminada/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/04/Caminada-exhibition_Aussichtsturm-Reussdelta_dezeen_5sq.jpg" /> </a> 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>
Civil Engineer: Alpatec sa, MartignyFrom 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.
Civil Engineer: Alpatec sa, Martigny
Hvac Engineer: Tecnoservice Engineering sa, Martigny
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
Photographs: Courtesy of SwissTech Convention Center and Northern District
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/02/city-park-pavilion-zug-ramser-schmid-architekten-switzerland/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/04/City-Park-Zug-by-Ramser-Schmid-Architekten_dezeen_2sq.jpg" /> </a> 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>