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Herzog & de Meuron wins contest for Swiss bank on the shore of Lake Geneva

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled its designs for the new headquarters of Swiss wealth management service and private bank Lombard Odier, which will overlook Lake Geneva.  The building by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s Basel-based firm will provide workspaces for 2,600 people, as well as a 600-seat auditorium and a staff canteen. This will bring together some

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Steven Holl unveils winning design for Doctors Without Borders operation centre in Geneva

Steven Holl Architects is teaming up with Rüssli Architekten to create a new headquarters for a major humanitarian organisation in Geneva, which will feature walls of tinted photovoltaic glazing. US firm Steven Holl Architects and Swiss studio Rüssli Architekten won a competition to design the new workspace for Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders – an organisation set

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Cylindrical headquarters for motorcycling federation features dramatic sweeping staircase

Slender metal columns support the offset concrete roof of this cylindrical office block designed by Local Architecture for the International Motorcycling Federation on the outskirts of Geneva. Swiss studio Local Architecture was appointed to oversee the design of the new headquarters, which is located between a railway line and a main road in the canton of Vaud.

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GMAA’s Meditation Pavilion and Garden creates a contemplative atmosphere at Swiss home

A+Awards 2016: artificial mist envelops this wooden meditation pavilion near Geneva, which earned its designers GM Architectes Associés an Architizer A+Award earlier this year (+ slideshow). The Meditation Pavilion and Garden were created by the local firm for a private residence in 2013. Aligned precisely east-west, the building forms a cross shape with a north-south More

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Le Corbusier’s Immeuble Clarté housing informed his Unité d’Habitation design

World Heritage Corb: long before he built the famed Cité Radieuse in Marseille, French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier explored similar housing principles for the 1932 Immeuble Clarté in Geneva – one of 17 of his buildings added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list (+ slideshow). The Modernist housing unit that Le Corbusier designed with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret More

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SOM builds new Geneva headquarters for Japan Tobacco International

Architecture firm SOM has completed a major new headquarters for Japan Tobacco International in Geneva, Switzerland, featuring an innovative facade of glass triangles and a huge central courtyard (+ slideshow). The new JTI Headquarters provides an open-plan workplace for 1,200 employees of the company, which has been based in Switzerland for nearly 50 years, and which More

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Raw concrete contrasts with 19th-century details at Le Gazouillis kindergarten

Swiss architects Omar Trinca and Guillaume Vallotton have added a concrete extension to a 19th-century villa in Geneva, creating more space for the kindergarten that now occupies it (+ slideshow). Le Gazouillis kindergarten is situated on the edge of the Swiss city’s Geisendorf Park. It occupies a villa built in 1877, which was converted for its […]

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