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Paolo Venturella Proposes “Plus is More” for WHO Headquarters Extension

Aiming to make a statement that architecture can no longer be designed with a single “move”, Rome-based firm, Paolo Venturella Architecture has unveiled their proposal titled “Plus is More” for the WHO Headquarters Extension competition. Although not selected as the winning proposal, Plus is More takes on the maxim of its name, investigating the complexity generated by a combination of "moves," circumventing the common tilted, lifted or pushed buildings that rely on a single movement. Read more about the project after the break.

The Apartment / BUREAU A

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Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Geneva Airport Design Receives Planning Permission

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) design for the Geneva airport’s East Wing has received planning permission from the Federal Authorities in Switzerland. The 520 meter-long facility will connect to the airport’s existing terminal and includes additional Departures and Arrivals halls, contact stands and gate lounge seating as well as first class airlines lounges and technical basements, according to a press release.

Student housing in Geneva / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

  • Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
  • Location: Chemin Edouard-Tavan 9, 1206 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Project Management: Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pierre Boss

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Geneva Flat / FREAKS freearchitects

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Competition: WHO Headquarters in Geneva

The World Health Organization (WHO, the Commissioning Organization) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. On 23 June 2014, WHO launched an international, two-stage architectural design competition for the extension and redevelopment of WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

Humanitarium / group8

  • Architects: group8
  • Location: Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat and Blaise Fontaine.
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Walter Mair

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WHO Launches Competition to Extend Geneva Headquarters

The original WHO Headquarters building designed by Jean Tschumi. Image © Wikimedia CC User Thorkild Tylleskar
The original WHO Headquarters building designed by Jean Tschumi. Image © Wikimedia CC User Thorkild Tylleskar

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an international design competition to redevelop and extend its 1966 headquarters in Geneva. The new facilities, a 25,000 square metre office block and 700-space underground car park will replace a series of smaller additions, hastily constructed in response to various health crises in the years after the main building was completed.

In addition, the new building will facilitate a redevelopment of the original building, housing extra staff while work on the Jean Tschumi-designed building is carried out.

Read on for more details on the competition

2LB House / Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes

  • Architects: Raphaël Nussbaumer Architectes
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Project Team: Raphaël Nussbaumer, Frédéric Perone, Anjéla Aubert, Luis Antunes, Reto Oechslin, Davide Righenzi
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Lionel Henriod

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Cycle d'orientation de Cayla / LRS Architectes

  • Architects: LRS Architectes
  • Location: Chemin William-Lescaze 8, 1203 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architects Collaborators: Baillif et Loponte Architectes, Susanna Fritscher
  • Client: DCTI / Etat de Genève
  • Area: 17558.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

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Extension and transformation of a house in Geneva / LRS Architectes

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Maison des Etudiants / Lacroix Chessex

  • Architects: Lacroix Chessex
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Grégoire Martin, Jon Onandia, Cristina Moldes, Boris Pflugfelder, Stéphane Koularmanis Competition phase: Hiéronyme Lacroix, Simon Chessex, Ubaldo Martella, Leonhard Kanapin
  • Partners: Hiéronyme Lacroix, Simon Chessex
  • Associate: Frédéric Crausaz
  • Structural Engineering: Thomas Jundt Ingénieurs Civils
  • Photographs: Radek Brunecky

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Evolucio / Onionlab

Projected onto the façade of the Musées d'art et d'histoire de Genève, Onionlab's 'Evolucio' is a piece that revolves around the graphic and sound abstraction of the concept it is named after: evolution. Created with 3D projection mapping techniques, It is construed as transformation, construction and alteration of reality through time; evolution as a discontinuous creation process as well. More images and architects' description after the break.

120 affordable appartments / meier + associés architectes + Burckhardt Partner

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A Sauna / BUREAU A

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Avenue de France Administrative Building / Group8

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