Shortlist Announced for Olympic Headquarters in Switzerland

Proposed Site; Courtesy of the IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced an all-star shortlist of twelve practices – including 2013 Pritzker Prize laureate Toyo Ito and international powerhouse OMA – competing to design their new headquarters in , . Located on 24,000 square meter site on the banks of Lake Geneva, the 18,000 square meter headquarters will provide an “Olympic campus” of administrative buildings and service for 450 employees.

Come December, the IOC will award one of the following architects £21,000 to develop their designs:

New Concrete House / Wespi de Meuron

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Architects: Wespi de Meuron
Location: S.Abbondio,
Area: 148 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Haus Schudel / OOS AG

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Architects: OOS AG
Location: Feldis/Veulden (GR),
Architects: Andreas Derrer, Manuel Schudel
Design Team: Christoph Kellenberger, Severin Boser, Lukas Bosshard
Construction Management: Christian Bühlmann
Wood Engineering: Pius Schuler AG für Holzbauplanung
Civil Engineering: Andreas Gudenrath
Area: 222.0 sqm
Photographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli

Affoltern Housing Development / EM2N

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Architects: EM2N
Location: Wehntalerstrasse, CH-8046 Zurich,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 29967.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roger Frei

Housing Im Forster / EM2N

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Architects: EM2N
Location: Zürichbergstrasse, Zürich,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 5,925 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roger Frei

Cinématheque Suisse / EM2N

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Architects: EM2N
Location: Penthaz,
Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
Area: 13.254 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Frei

Leutschenbach School / Christian Kerez

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Architects: Christian Kerez
Location: , Switzerland.
Architect In Charge: Christian Scheidegger, Andrea Casiraghi, Lucas Camponovo
Structural Engineer: Dr. Schwartz Consulting, Zug, Joseph Schwartz with dsp, Zurich, Walter Kaufmann, Mario Monotti
Construction Management: BGS, Rapperswil
Area: 11500.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Kerez

House in Sonvico / Architetti Pedrozzi & Diaz Saravia

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Architects: Architetti Pedrozzi & Diaz Saravia
Location: ,
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pino Brioschi

Extension Nestle Research Center / Burckhardt + Partner

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Architects: Burckhardt + Partner
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Burckhardt, Partner
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Burckhardt + Partner

New operations Center Rolle / Burckhardt + Partner

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Architects: Burckhardt + Partner
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Burckhardt, Partner
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Burckhardt + Partner

‘Frozen Time’ Installation / Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects

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Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects recently completed their ’Frozen Time’ Installation for a Japanese watch brand CITIZEN in Baselworld which is the largest watch and jewel industry exhibition in the world. This year, the main exhibition hall was fully renewed, therefore all the brands are intended to express their next 4 year’s vision. Instead of just renewing entire booth for next 4 years, CITIZEN reserved a large reception space to be opened and to present an installation every year as space to evolve and to express their fundamental identity of ‘Challenging spirits’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Office and Production Building / Burckhardt + Partner

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Architects: Burckhardt + Partner
Location: Biel,
Architect In Charge: Burckhardt, Partner
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hansueli Schärer

Messe Basel New Hall / Herzog & de Meuron, by Hufton + Crow

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Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Messe Basel New Hall stands out as an important urban planning matter for the development of the surrounding Kleinbasel neighborhood. The exceptional photographic work of Hufton + Crow highlights the highly modern building and optimum exhibition areas while showing how this interconnected design ensures flexibility for various events. The concentration of exhibition halls around the Messeplatz (Exhibition Square) is the key entrepreneurial aim of the Messe leadership in its further development. A complete gallery of images can be viewed after the break.

House Weinfelden / K_m Architektur

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Architects: K_m Architektur
Location: Weinfelden,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

‘Fragments & Miracles’: Château de Chillon Competition Entry / Lapo Ruffi, Vanessa Giandonati

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Designed by Lapo Ruffi and Vanessa Giandonati, their ‘Fragments & Miracles’ project proposes the construction of an architectural landscape on old foundations, a simultaneous source of wonder and contemplation. The project is related to the context of the landscape’s coastline because of its differentiated permeability and its connection with the environment’s point of strength. Walks, south and north, are connected to the Old Street of Italy which, abandoning its original mission, becomes a witness of Veytaux Villeneuve pedestrian link. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Europaallee Zurich / Max Dudler Architekt

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Architects: Max Dudler Architekt
Location: ,
Project Managers: Christian Moeller, Wiebke Ahues, Maike Schrader, Claudio Pasquini, Christof Berkenhoff, Nina Behjati
Year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Evolucio / Onionlab

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Projected onto the façade of the Musées d’art et d’histoire de Genève, Onionlabs ‘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.

Two in One House / Clavienrossier Architectes

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Architects: Clavienrossier Architectes
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roger Frei