Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg

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Dominique Perrault Architecture, the French practice recently awarded with the opportunity to build a tower called The Blade in Seoul as part of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan, has now been announced as winner of a concept/construction international competition for the Esplanade Tower in downtown Fribourg, .  The high rise is part of regeneration project of the Swiss Federal Railways at the site of the former Pilettes Station.

More after the break.

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By 2015, the Esplanade Tower will fit into Fribourg’s skyline.  The tower is a 60 meter glass skyscraper of 18 floors that is anticipated to become a landmark of the new downtown.  The downtown area has a long and rich history.  It is layered with the transformation of its historic districts, stratified along lower and upper terraces.

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The tower’s facades respond to the conditions of its placement.  The north-west side, which faces the former station, is smooth and austere.  The south-east side, facing the medieval town and the urban developments, is expressive – full of corbellings and balconies – inciting a dialogue between the historic face of the city and its new developments.

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The tower will be mixed use, including a commercial area, office spaces, a restaurant and housing.

Architect:  Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Place de l’Esplanade, Fribourg, Switzerland
Client: FFS Federal Railways, Lausanne, Switzerland
Site Area: 5 000m²
Built Area: 13 000m²
Built Volume: 6 000m³ (superstructures)
Tower’s Height: 61,5 meters
Floors: 18
Commercial Area: 1,220 m² SBP
Office: 5,990 m² SBP
Restaurant: 1,820 m² SBP
Housing: 3,680 m² SBP

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg" 02 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=249736>

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