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Cocoon / Camenzind Evolution

  • 01:00 - 18 November, 2009
Cocoon / Camenzind Evolution
Cocoon / Camenzind Evolution, © Camenzind Evolution
© Camenzind Evolution

© Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architects

    Camenzind Evolution
  • Project Team

    Stefan Camenzind, Marco Noch, Susanne Zenker
  • Client

    Swiss Life
  • Budget

    US $8,800,000
  • Area

    1900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Cocoon is located in Zurich's Seefeld district on a beautiful hillside, which enjoys excellent lake and mountain views. The location's distinctive flair stems from the exceptional park-like setting – a green oasis into which Cocoon snugly nestles. Flanked on three sides by mighty, age-old trees the elliptical structure reads as a freestanding sculptural volume that gracefully spirals up from the park. The stainless steel mesh enveloping the building combines visual privacy with restrained elegance, while establishing a strong and unmistakable presence.

© Camenzind Evolution
© Camenzind Evolution

The bold stand-alone building embodies an innovative conception of interior spatial organization and interaction with the surrounding environment. In doing so, it caters for a wide variety of workplace and occupancy concepts. With its spiral massing, Cocoon may be conceived as a sort of "communication landscape" that creates a unique spatial configuration and working environment in a matchless setting. The stepped, upward-winding sequence of segments also shapes the character of the building interior. All spaces are arranged along a gently rising ramp, which wraps around a central, light-flooded atrium. The space planning concept dispenses with the traditional division into horizontal storeys in favour of a seemingly endless sequence of elliptical floor segments. By eliminating the usual barriers to communication, this generates a unique spatial experience and working environment that unlocks a host of intriguing possibilities for interaction and co-operation. The floorspace design is occupancy-neutral and provides for fully flexible partitioning together with the adaptability necessary to meet the shifting needs of future users. Together, the various elements – lift, spiral ramp, segments and stairwell – constitute a clearly structured, versatile circulation system that provides for both the desired interaction and the necessary flexibility to accommodate alternative uses.

© Camenzind Evolution
© Camenzind Evolution

Internally, a light-flooded, upwardly widening atrium forms the centrepiece of Cocoon. Around this, the circulation and communication ramp winds its way upwards in gently curving contours, to provide a fluid link between all the internal spaces. Internally, as the ellipses expand with each turn of the spiral, the skylight void opens up in a stunning spectacle. Externally, the building adopts the guise of a dynamic, upward-reaching sculpture. The dramatic atrium, with its wealth of internal visual links, generates a natural ambience conducive to communication and a sense of community.

© Camenzind Evolution
© Camenzind Evolution

The facade assembly consciously adds a note of subtlety and sophistication to the overall composition. The building is wrapped in a fine, almost scaly veil of stainless steel wire mesh. This curtain curls elegantly upwards in soft lines along the expanding spiral, its junction with the roof terrace accentuated by an open facade frame.

© Camenzind Evolution
© Camenzind Evolution

The shrouded, sculptural stand-alone building, introverted during the daytime as it looks inwards towards the atrium, is recast in the evening hours as a transparent shining beacon.Cocoon uses a Air-source heat pump system for environmentally-friendly heating and cooling.

© Camenzind Evolution
© Camenzind Evolution
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ncpat · December 19, 2014

What is this building used for? Is it a house, office, military installation...? Don't you verify that you have included some basic information before you publish an article?

nilafatul atisna · June 11, 2012

keluarga @DimmasR kayak gini bukan sih?hehehe....

?ç mimarl?k · November 22, 2009

what the function of this space?
sorry i can`t see ?

thanks for sharing.
very good.

luiz felipe · November 21, 2009

really beautiful! I like this concept, simple but cool.. and nice images too

Michael · November 20, 2009

Inspiring! Love the interior space.

Gatz · November 20, 2009

WOW!! Very beautifull!

christopher · November 20, 2009

frickin' gorgeous!

Robin · November 19, 2009

This looks awesome!

mimar · November 19, 2009

F.L. Wright! yes, same but different, and the difference is what makes this building beautiful!
the name is irritating, this is not a cocoon.

JDR · November 19, 2009

Boring concept,
but very very well executed.

miesgunnarowyourboat · April 21, 2010 04:34 PM

I agree. Although execution without a concept is a shell of architecture, although I don`t think that`s what they meant by cocoon. :(

Blaze · November 19, 2009


Bark · November 19, 2009

Having visited and experienced this building, a wonderful journey unfolds in light and volume and the stainless mesh veil is beautiful

Lorenzo · November 19, 2009

Swiss guggenheim :) I like it!

L dog · November 19, 2009 07:45 AM

not guggenheim, but good in its own way

shreyank · November 18, 2009

elevating.... sensuous....

dev · November 19, 2009 02:27 AM love with the cocoon.. :D

Engel · November 18, 2009

A beautiful cocoon!

2MACoff · November 18, 2009

??? ????? ...


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